Bundesliga Preview: Bayern Munich - Hannover
The visitors will be hoping to spring an upset against the shorthanded Die Roten, who have yet to reach their full potential this season under manager Pep Guardiola.
Bayern Munich will be looking to build on its recent silverware success, their first of Pep Guardiola's reign, by winning against Hannover on Saturday.
A penalty-shootout victory over Chelsea in the UEFA Super Cup prior to the international break was the first of what Bayern fans hope will be many trophies, having lost 4-2 in the DFL Supercup to Borussia Dortmund before the season got underway.
Guardiola's men were far from convincing in their last league game, slipping to a 1-1 draw at Freiburg, who levelled through Nicolas Hofler after Xherdan Shaqiri had given Bayern the lead.
Midfield stalwart Bastian Schweinsteiger is unlikely to feature for Bayern at the Allianz Arena, despite returning to training after an ankle injury, while Thiago Alcantara, Javi Martinez, Mario Gotze and Holger Badstuber are all unavailable.
Bayern will still be a heavy favorites for the contest, having scored 11 goals in its two victories over Hannover last season. Even so, Franck Ribery, who scored in both of those encounters, is still expecting a difficult encounter against Mirko Slomka's men.
"Whatever we did last year against Hannover, we have to forget it, it will be totally different this time, it is a new game," Ribery told FCB.tv. "And it will difficult again, for sure."
Ribery's sentiments were echoed by Arjen Robben, who is eager to maintain Bayern's unbeaten run and keep pace with Borussia Dortmund, which boasts the league's only perfect record.
"Hannover are always a strong team, but if we have a great day and they don't then obviously you can have a great score then," Robben said. "It will be difficult and it is important for us to have quick turnovers.
"There are plenty of games to go, we have to be careful of Dortmund and win our games. When you are playing good you are always very confident."
Hannover approaches the game having tasted defeat just once this term, and it will be out to spring a surprise following a 4-1 victory over Mainz two weeks ago.
The club will be without midfielder Szabolcs Huszti through suspension, while defender Christian Pander (ankle) is unavailable.
Slomka's real concern will be filling the void left by talisman Mame Biram Diouf. The Senegal international picked up an ankle injury in his country's 1-0 win over Uganda and could miss out.
Top 3 Predictions
Bayern 3-0 Hannover 96
- 18.04 %
Bayern 3-1 Hannover 96
- 14.8 %
Bayern 2-0 Hannover 96
- 11.97 %
|DFB-Pokal (GERC)||Sep 25, 2013||Bayern 4 - Hannover 96 1|
|1. Bundesliga (BUN)||Sep 14, 2013||Bayern 2 - Hannover 96 0|
|1. Bundesliga (BUN)||Apr 20, 2013||Hannover 96 1 - Bayern 6|
|1. Bundesliga (BUN)||Nov 24, 2012||Bayern 5 - Hannover 96 0|
|1. Bundesliga (BUN)||Mar 24, 2012||Bayern 2 - Hannover 96 1|
|Dec 17, 2013||Guangzhou Evergrande 0 - Bayern 3||CWC|
|Dec 14, 2013||Bayern 3 - Hamburger 1||BUN|
|Dec 10, 2013||Bayern 2 - Manchester City 3||UCL|
|Dec 7, 2013||Werder Bremen 0 - Bayern 7||BUN|
|Dec 4, 2013||FC Augsburg 0 - Bayern 2||GERC|
|5||Daniel Van Buyten||Defender|
|11||Didier Ya Konan||Striker|