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October 23, 2011 4:30 PM BST
HDI-Arena — Hannover
Referee:‬ M. Gräfe‎
Attendance:‬ 49000‎
 

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

Toni Kroos rises to the challenge to help injury-hit Bayern Munich thump Hannover 3-0 (Getty Images)

PROBABLE LINEUPS

HANNOVER

Zieler
Cherundolo, Haggui, Pogatetz, Schulz
Schmiedebach, Pinto
Stindl, Rausch
Ya Konan, Abdellaoue

BAYERN MUNICH

 
Neuer
Rafinha, Van Buyten, Badstuber, Lahm
Luiz Gustavo, Schweinsteiger
Muller, Kroos, Ribery
Gomez

Hannover are without a lengthy list of injured players, including Henning Hauger, Artur Sobiech, Leon Andreasen, Carlitos, Markus Miller, and Samuel Radlinger.

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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Last Five Matches
Odds
Team News
Available Squads
1Manuel NeuerGoalkeeper
21Philipp LahmDefender
28Holger BadstuberDefender
13RafinhaMidfielder
17Jerome BoatengDefender
22Luiz GustavoMidfielder
39Toni KroosMidfielder
7Franck RibéryMidfielder
31Bastian SchweinsteigerMidfielder
25Thomas MüllerStriker
33Mario GomezStriker
22Hans-Jörg ButtGoalkeeper
26Diego ContentoDefender
27David AlabaMidfielder
23Danijel PranjicMidfielder
44Anatoliy TymoshchukMidfielder
24Nils PetersenStriker
11Ivica OlicStriker
Players to Watch
Sergio da Silva Pinto
Sergio da Silva Pinto
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 7
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
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.
Mario Gomez
Mario Gomez
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 33
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
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.
Prediction
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.
Editor's Prediction
Bayern 2
Results
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Robert Lewandowski Robert Lewandowski
Striker
Dortmund
18 4
Mario Mandzukic Mario Mandzukic
Striker
Bayern
18 0
Adrian Ramos Adrian Ramos
Striker
Hertha BSC
16 3
Josip Drmic Josip Drmic
Striker
FC Nürnberg
16 2
Marco Reus Marco Reus
Midfielder
Dortmund
15 5