Hannover - Borussia Dortmund Preview: Champions face tough trip
Mirko Slomka's side were the last team to beat Jurgen Klopp's troops before their 31-match unbeaten run, and will be hoping to cause another upset
By Enis Koylu
ZielerCherundolo, Eggimann, Haggui, Rausch
Stindl, Schmiedebach, Pinto, Huszti
Schlaudruff, Ya Konan
WeidenfellerPiszczek, Subotic, F. Santana, Schmelzer
Blaszczykowski, Gotze, Reus
Hannover will have the luxury of welcoming back Artur Sobiech from injury, but the Poland forward will most likely have to settle for a place on the bench behind Didier Ya Konan, who has been in excellent form of late, and has been keeping Moa Abdellaoue.
However Christian Schulz has a tear in his calf muscle, Adrian Nikci is suffering from illness, and Leon Andreasen has torn his anterior cruciate ligament, and can be expected to be out for quite some time.
Borussia Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp will be forced into one change from the side that were within minutes of beating English champions Manchester City in midweek. Mats Hummels was forced off with a hip injury, and although the extent of the knock is as yet unknown, he seems certain to miss the trip to the AWD Arena.
Elsewhere, Ilkay Gundogan has a back problem, allowing club captain Sebastian Kehl to slot in alongside Sven Bender in midfield. Jakub 'Kuba' Blaszczykowski keeping his place alongside Mario Gotze and Marco Reus behind lone striker Robert Lewandowski, and Kevin Grosskreutz remaining on the bench. Patrick Owomoyela remains injured.
|DID YOU KNOW?
Hannover beat Borussia Dortmund 3-2 in the third round of the 1991-92 DFB-Pokal en route to winning the tournament.
- Szabolcs Huszti (pictured, right), re-signed from Zenit St Petersburg this summer, has registered three strikes and seven assists in the Bundesliga this season. Mirko Slomka's side have scored just four goals without the Hungarian's direct involvement.
- Hannover will approach this game with confidence, having put together a 21-match unbeaten run at home in the league.
Hannover were the last team to beat Borussia Dortmund before their 31-match unbeaten Bundesliga run which saw them sweep to a second consecutive Bundesliga title last season.
Dortmund have scored at least two goals in at least nine of their last ten matches in the league, with only Nurnberg managing to limit them to one strike.
- Marco Reus, signed from Borussia Monchengladbach over the course of the summer, scored his sixth goal for his new club in just 10 official games on Wednesday against Manchester City.
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Top 3 Predictions
Hannover 96 1-3 Borussia Dortmund
- 16.13 %
Hannover 96 1-2 Borussia Dortmund
- 14.96 %
Hannover 96 0-2 Borussia Dortmund
- 12.61 %
|1. Bundesliga (GER1)||Oct 19, 2013||Borussia Dortmund 1 - Hannover 96 0|
|1. Bundesliga (GER1)||Mar 2, 2013||Borussia Dortmund 3 - Hannover 96 1|
|Germany - DFB-Pokal (GERC)||Dec 19, 2012||Borussia Dortmund 5 - Hannover 96 1|
|1. Bundesliga (GER1)||Oct 7, 2012||Hannover 96 1 - Borussia Dortmund 1|
|1. Bundesliga (GER1)||Feb 26, 2012||Borussia Dortmund 3 - Hannover 96 1|
|Dec 21, 2013||SC Freiburg 2 - Hannover 96 1||GER1|
|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|
|7||Sergio da Silva Pinto||Midfielder|
|11||Didier Ya Konan||Striker|
|39||Mame Biram Diouf||Striker|