Die Rothosen suffered the setback of two consecutive defeats, but Al Hain-Cole expects them to bounce back against their travel-sick guestsHamburg will be hoping to bounce back from two consecutive defeats when they take on north German rivals Hannover 96 at the Imtech Arena on Sunday.
After going four games unbeaten following the arrival of Bert van Maarwijk in September, the hosts have suffered 2-0 and 5-3 defeats against Borussia Monchengladbach and Bayer Leverkusen in their last two matches, but are 19/20 (1.95) favourites with Coral to get back to winning ways in this one.
Having lost their last six consecutive away games in the Bundesliga, Die Roten are available at 13/5 (3.60) to end that run with victory here.
Seven of the last 14 meetings between these sides have resulted in draws, and there are odds of 13/5 (3.60) on offer on them cancelling each other out once again on Sunday.
Die Rothosen parted company with manager Thorsten Fink after winning just one of their opening six games of a nightmare start to the season, which included embarrassing 5-1 and 6-2 defeats to Hoffenheim and Borussia Dortmund respectively.
Although they may have thought the resurgence under Van Maarwijk would spell and end to their residual relegation concerns, the last couple of defeats will caused those fears to come creeping back, and they will be desperate to return to winning ways straight away.
Fortunately the hosts could not have asked for much more welcome opponents for a side in need of a victory in front of their own fans, as the visitors’ remarkable over-reliance on home form has seen them win just five of their last 38 league games on the road, losing 27.
Mirko Slomka’s men are unlikely to correct this poor record against a team who they have not beaten away from home in their last eight attempts, and have not even scored against in their last four attempts on their travels.
In fact, Hannover are without a win of any sort in their last seven matches and are struggling to cope with the poor form of star striker Mame Biram Diouf, who has not scored since late August, meaning those 19/20 (1.95) odds look extremely inviting on Hamburg taking all three points.
|Hamburg to win for a 1.5pt stake at 19/20 (1.95) with Coral
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