Preview - RB Leipzig vs Hannover 4 Nov

Started by Bensergi, Nov 04, 2017, 07:30 PM

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RB Leipzig vs Hannover

This is the undercard to the big match between Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich. It is a battle between third and fourth at the Red Bull Arena.

These teams have never met before in a competitive game, let alone in the top flight. Leipzig vs. Hannover is the 906th different fixture in the history of the division.

Newcomers Hannover have 18 points, and the current situation looks good for them as no club have ever been relegated with so many points after ten games of a season!

Their defence is a resolute one with just nine goals conceded, the third best defence in the Bundesliga.

RB Leipzig have endured a difficult 10 days, where they were beaten twice by Bayern, one in the German Cup and the other, just last weekend, at Allianz Arena. The runners-up of last season also went down 3-1 at FC Porto in midweek.

Attackers Timo Werner and Yussuf Poulsen should return to the starting XI after being left on the bench in Portugal, but captain Willi Orban is suspended.

As for Hannover, Martin Harnik has shaken off a virus and can add to his 200th Bundesliga appearance as a substitute last weekend by starting in Leipzig.


Match Stats:

  • RB Leipzig 2-1 Hannover
  • Shots: 15-10
  • Possession: 59%-41%
  • Corner kicks: 2-3

The two attack-minded sides produced a host of chances in an entertaining first half, but could not be separated before the break. Leipzig should have been ahead after 23 minute, but Werner was offside when he touched in Marcel Sabitzer's goal-bound shot and the effort was ruled out. Werner had a chance of his own in the final minute of the half as he hit Bruma's low cross towards goal, only for Julian Korb to deflect the ball onto his own crossbar.

Leipzig were made to pay for their missed chances early in the second half as Hannover took the lead through Jonathas, the Brazilian finishing from Bebou's squared pass into the box. Emil Forsberg and Naby Keita came off the bench shortly after as Hasenhüttl went in search of an immediate response and, after 70 minutes, the changes came good. Werner, played in behind by Forsberg, squared the ball for Yussuf Poulsen to equalise. And Werner himself turned the game around in the 85th minute after a superb assist from Forsberg, sending Leipzig into second place.

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