Preview - Hannover 96 vs Borussia Dortmund 01 September 18

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Aug 31, 2018, 12:52 AM Last Edit: Aug 31, 2018, 01:09 AM by Harry85
Match Day 2
Hannover 96 vs Borussia Dortmund
Saturday, September 1st, 2018
03:30am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: HDI Arena

Hannover 96:   
Last five matches form: L L W L D
Average goals per match 17/18: 1.29
Average goals against per match 17/18: 1.59
Top Scorer 17/18: Niclas Füllkrug (14)

Borussia Dortmund:
Last five matches form: W D L L W
Average goals per match 17/18: 1.88
Average goals against per match 17/18: 1.38
Top Scorer 17/18: Maximilian Philipp (9)

This week's Bundesliga action gets underway at the HDI Arena as Hannover 96 lock horns with last season's fourth placed side, Borussia Dortmund.

Hannover began their season in solid fashion last week when picking up a draw away at Werder Bremen. They will be keen to build on that in their first home game here.

Borussia Dortmund hit the ground running under Lucien Favre, slamming RB Leipzig 4-1 at the Westfalenstadion in their first league outing

Hannover ran out 4-2 winners in this game last season, in a game in which they were aided by the sending off of Dan-Axel Zagadou. Dortmund had won their three previous fixtures at this venue.

The past three games between these two sides at the HDI Arena have yielded no fewer than 17 goals. Will we be in for another scoring frenzy here?

Timo Hübers, Edgar Prib and Felipe are all out injured for the home side. Jacob Bruno Larsen is Dortmund's only confirmed absentee.

Hannover were fairly impressive last weekend and picking up a point away from home is never a bad way to start, particularly for a side who finished nearer the bottom than the top last term. In Borussia Dortmund though they are meeting a side who we suspect may well challenge for the title this season and we expect the visitors to win this one.






Prediction: Hannover 96 1 - 2 Borussia Dortmund

Harry85

Half time: 0 - 0
Full time: 0 - 0
Shots:  7 - 5
Shots on target: 0 - 3
Corner Kicks: 4 - 1
Possession: 56% - 44%

No goals and no cards at the HDI Arena as referee Felix Zwayer kept his cards in his pocket throughout.

It's hard to say which side will be happier with this result. Hannover edged the possession stats but failed to register a single shot on target over the course of the game, so can't really claim to have deserved the three points.

Dortmund were only marginally more threatening and many more performances like this may have us reviewing our opinion that the can challenge for the Bundesliga crown this season. Although in fairness they were playing away from home and having rattled the woodwork twice they would likely have won this on another day so perhaps shouldn't be too disheartened.

Dortmund edged the first half overall and very nearly took a lead into the break. Marco Reus crashing an effort against the crossbar from around 18 yards ins the 41st minute. Goalless at the interval though.

It was the post which came to the rescue of Hannover just before the hour mark; Maximillian Philipp's header from a set piece being kept out by the left upright.

Not the greatest of spectacles overall and on balance we suspect Hannover are probably the happier to come away with a point against one of the Bundesliga big guns.

It's early days yet but we do wonder whether Dortmund's failure to adequately replace Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang may just hold them back this season. Michy Batshuayi showed what this side could do with a little more pace and strength on the front end, but unfortunately for Borussia fans he is no longer at the club either. Lucien Favre will need to find a solution sooner rather than later.

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