Hannover - Atletico Madrid Preview: Slomka's men target place in Europa League semi-finals after narrow loss in Spain
Goals from Radamel Falcao and Toto Salvio gave the La Liga side a minimal lead going into the second leg, which promises to be a tough one for Diego Simeone's men
By Martin Macdonald
Cherundolo, Eggimann, Pogatetz, Pander
Stindl, Pinto, Rausch
Diouf, Ya Konan
Perea, Miranda, Godin, Filipe
Adrian, Diego, Arda
Mirko Slomka will be without Danish midfielder Leon Andreasen, who remains a long-term absentee for the 96ers. Didier Ya Konan may be drafted into the starting XI after proving to be the hero in Hannover's weekend 2-1 victory over Borussian Monchengladbach.
Diego Simeone conducted a training session on Tuesday, with some members of the first-team squad being awarded a rest after the victory over Getafe at the weekend. The players who missed the practice returned to full training on Wednesday.
Atletico Madrid still have a few absentees going into the second leg. Silvio Pereira and club captain Antonio Lopez continue their recuperation and will be joined by Pizzi on the sidelines as the 22-year old has came down with a case of gastroenteritis.
||DID YOU KNOW?|
- The first leg between the sides at the Vicente Calderon was the inaugural meeting between Atletico Madrid and Hannover.
- The 96ers have yet to lose a home game in a Uefa competition, recording five wins and two draws over the course of their two continental campaigns.
- Hannover's last European home game ended in a 4-0 win against Standard Liege in the round-of-16.
- Atletico Madrid have lost just one of their last eight European away matches, picking up five wins and two draws.
- Los Colchoneros' record in 31 games against German sides reads 14 victories, 6 draws, 11 defeats.
- Adrian Lopez and Falcao are the only players to have featured in all 11 of Atleti's matches since the start of the group stage.
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Top 3 Predictions
Hannover 96 1-2 Atlético de Madrid
- 16.67 %
Hannover 96 2-0 Atlético de Madrid
- 12.22 %
Hannover 96 1-3 Atlético de Madrid
- 10.83 %
|Europa League (EL)||5 Apr 2012||Hannover 96 1 - Atlético de Madrid 2|
|Europa League (EL)||29 Mar 2012||Atlético de Madrid 2 - Hannover 96 1|
|18 May 2013||Hannover 96 3 - Fortuna Düsseldorf 0||GER1|
|11 May 2013||Bayer Leverkusen 3 - Hannover 96 1||GER1|
|4 May 2013||Hannover 96 2 - 1. FSV Mainz 05 2||GER1|
|26 Apr 2013||SpVgg Greuther Fürth 2 - Hannover 96 3||GER1|
|20 Apr 2013||Hannover 96 1 - FC Bayern München 6||GER1|
|Returns:||Hannover 96 £60.00||Sign up with William Hill for a free bet up to £25|
|Returns:||Draw £36.00||Sign up with bet365 for a free bet up to £200|
|Returns:||Atlético Madrid £48.00||Sign up with William Hill for a free bet up to £25|
|7||Sergio da Silva Pinto||Midfielder|
|11||Didier Ya Konan||Striker|
|39||Mame Biram Diouf||Striker|
|2||Diego Godín Leal||Defender|
|Didier Ya Konan|
Ya Konan was one of the heroes of the weekend win over Gladbach so he may be given a starting place alongside Diouf in the second leg. Expect him to dribble tirelessly and attempt to stretch the Atletico defence with his running.
The Colombian got the ball rolling for Atletico with a goal in the first ten minutes in the previous leg and added to this by giving the Hannover defence a pretty hard time with his pace and power. The German's need to stop him if they are to progress.
The German side will have a cracking support behind them at the AWD Arena so this will certainly be a toxic atmosphere for the Atletico Madrid players. Both side's have the ability to create chances but it will likely be a tight match much like the previous leg. However, the experience of the Spanish side in European competition may see them sneak through.
Times In BST
Live Final scheduled Suspended Cancelled Postponed