Preview - Borussia Dortmund vs Hannover 96 March 18 2018

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Match Day 27
Borussia Dortmund vs Hannover 96
Sunday, March 18th, 2018
20:30 pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Westfalenstadion

Borussia Dormund: 
Last five matches form: D D L W D
Average goals per match: 2.0
Average goals against per match: 1.3
Top Scorer: Maximilian Philipp (6)

Hannover 96:
Last five matches form: W D L L L
Average goals per match: 1.3
Average goals against per match: 1.5
Top Scorer: Niclas F├╝llkrug (10)

Borussia Dortmund continue to be without Andriy Yarmolenko down the right-hand side, whilst Shinji Kagawa also remains on the side-lines. Following his heroics last week in that firecracker of a match versus Eintracht Frankfurt, Michy Batshuayi is expected to be handed his chance from the start.

The absence of the suspended Ihlas Bebou will force Hannover into a midfield reshuffle and possibly a change in tactics as they attempt to fill the gap left by the productive Togolese international.

Hannover continue to largely struggle on the road, being yet to record an away success in 2018. They have at least tightened up recently though. Having conceded 12 times in four outings over the Christmas period, they have only four in the goals against column in their past four road games. That still means they haven't kept a clean sheet away from home since back in August though and we don't fancy their chances of doing so here.

Any Bundesliga title dreams have long since faded away for Dortmund, with Bayern Munich having pulled well clear of the field. Borussia do face a battle in their bid to secure Champions League football though with second to sixth place being very tightly grouped. The Borussian's seemed to take a little while to adjust following the departure of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang but played some lovely stuff at times against Eintracht last week and should be able to pick Hannover apart with their incisive passing game.

Prediction: Borussia Dortmund 3 - 1 Hannover 96


Half time: 1 - 0
Full time: 1 - 0
Shots: 25 - 9
Shots on target: 8 - 4
Corner Kicks: 12 - 2
Possession: 59% - 41%

Three cards dished out here by referee Patrick Ittrich, with Manuel Akanji and Sokratiz Papastathopoulos being booked for the home side and Pirmin Schwegler seeing yellow for Hannover.

A narrow home win in the end for Borussia. This was really a lot more comfortable than the 1-0 score line would suggest though as a quick glance at the total shots count illustrates. Dortmund's failure to kill the game off did very nearly come back to haunt them right at the death though.

Dortmund were very nearly in front almost as soon as this match had begun, Michy Batshuayi played through by Andre Schuerrle in the very first minute. The frontman beat the keeper only to see his effort strike the post.

The winner came in the 24th minute and it was no surprise to see it come from the red-hot boot of Batshuayi. The Belgian carried on his recent run of goal-scoring form when getting on the end of an Andre Schuerrle corner at the near post. The finish Batshuayi then produced was simply sublime. Leaving the ground to guide a back heeled volley into the far bottom corner.

Batshuayi forced two saves from Philipp Tschauner in the 34th minute but Hannover made it into the beak just one goal in arrears.

Both sides were largely restricted to long range efforts in the second period. Borussia then rattled the woodwork for the second time in the 88th minute when Batshuayi teed up substitute Maximilian Philipp.

Then in the 95th minute with just about the last touch of the game, Hannover's Waldemar Anton was presented with the chance to equalise but could only direct his header wide of goal.

Dortmund remain in third spot and are now just a point off second placed Schalke. No change for Hannover who stay 13th, seven points clear of the drop zone.

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