Bundesliga Preview: Hannover v Bayern Munich
The league leaders, who have begun the season in impressive style, travel to Lower Saxony to face a side who have built a strong home record in the current campaign
By Clark Whitney
Cherundolo, Haggui, Pogatetz, Schulz
Ya Konan, Abdellaoue
Rafinha, Van Buyten, Badstuber, Lahm
Luiz Gustavo, Schweinsteiger
Muller, Kroos, Ribery
After featuring in the Europa League on Thursday, Christian Pander and Jan Schlaudraff are expected to be given a rest, with Konstantin Rausch and Didier Ya Konan their stand-ins.
Bayern continue to be without Arjen Robben and Breno, and Jupp Heynckes is expected to rotate his line-up. Luiz Gustavo will likely start in defensive midfield, replacing Anatoliy Tymoshchuk.
Also, Rafinha may be given the nod to start in place of Jerome Boateng. Finally, there have been rumours that one of Franck Ribery, Toni Kroos, or Thomas Muller may be given a rest, meaning that David Alaba could stand in as a winger.
||DID YOU KNOW?|
- Hannover have beaten Bayern eight times in their history. Seven of these came at home.
- Mirko Slomka's side have scored 11 goals this season, nine of which were converted on home soil.
- The Lower Saxons have lost just one of their last 12 home games in the Bundesliga.
- Bayern Munich have conceded just two goals in 15 games in all competitions this season.
- Mario Gomez has scored six goals in as many matches against Hannover.
- With only nine matchdays completed, the Bavarians have scored seven more goals than any other side in the Bundesliga.
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Top 3 Predictions
Hannover 96 0-3 FC Bayern München
- 35.54 %
Hannover 96 0-2 FC Bayern München
- 19.38 %
Hannover 96 0-4 FC Bayern München
- 12.78 %
|Germany - DFB-Pokal (GERC)||Sep 25, 2013||FC Bayern München 4 - Hannover 96 1|
|1. Bundesliga (GER1)||Sep 14, 2013||FC Bayern München 2 - Hannover 96 0|
|1. Bundesliga (GER1)||Apr 20, 2013||Hannover 96 1 - FC Bayern München 6|
|1. Bundesliga (GER1)||Nov 24, 2012||FC Bayern München 5 - Hannover 96 0|
|1. Bundesliga (GER1)||Mar 24, 2012||FC Bayern München 2 - Hannover 96 1|
|Dec 14, 2013||Hannover 96 3 - Nürnberg 3||GER1|
|Dec 7, 2013||VfB Stuttgart 4 - Hannover 96 2||GER1|
|Dec 1, 2013||Hannover 96 2 - Eintracht Frankfurt 0||GER1|
|Nov 24, 2013||Hamburg 3 - Hannover 96 1||GER1|
|Nov 8, 2013||Hannover 96 0 - Eintracht Braunschweig 0||GER1|
|7||Sergio da Silva Pinto||Midfielder|
|11||Didier Ya Konan||Striker|
|Sergio da Silva Pinto|
The midfielder has a knack for scoring stunning goals from deep, and either from a set-piece or free play he could be the man to stun Manuel Neuer.
After missing a penalty in midweek, the prolific centre-forward will be keen to rebound with a good performance. How he reacts could decide the game.
Hannover are no pushovers at home, but Bayern are a class ahead on their day and there is little reason to believe their run of form in the Bundesliga will not carry into the coming round.
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