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  • March 2, 2013
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  • • Signal-Iduna-Park, Dortmund
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Borussia Dortmund-Hannover Preview: Klopp’s men looking to rebound from cup defeat

Borussia Dortmund-Hannover Preview: Klopp’s men looking to rebound from cup defeat

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Runners up seems the best the reigning Bundesliga champions can hope for this season and on Saturday, they welcome Hannover who recently hammered five past Hamburg

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

BORUSSIA DORTMUND

Weidenfeller
Piszczek, Subotic, Hummels, Schmelzer
Gundogan, Kehl
Blaszczykowski, Gotze, Reus
Lewandowski
HANNOVER

Zieler
Chahed, Djourou, Schulz, Pocognoli
Konan, Hoffmann, Pinto, Rausch
Diouf, Abdellaoue

Borussia Dortmund come into Saturday’s match a whopping 17 points adrift of Bayern Munich and on the back of a DFB-Pokal loss to the Bundesliga leaders in the Bavarian capital on Wednesday.

Coach Jurgen Klopp will likely name a side similar to the one that fell 1-0 at Allianz Arena, although captain Sebastian Kehl could come into the midfield for Sven Bender.

The big news for the champions is that Robert Lewandowski is allowed to play after having his ban for his red card against Hannover reduced by one game.

Hannover are just a single point back off the Europa League places coming into the weekend, although a loss at Dortmund coupled with wins for Mainz, Schalke and Borussia Monchengladbach would see them drop from seventh place to 10th.

Coach Mirko Slomka has several injuries to worry about ahead of kick off. Defender Mario Eggimann won’t play again this season due to a broken leg; right-back Steve Cherundolo is out with a knee injury; midfielder Leon Andreasen will be out at least another month with a knee problem; midfielder Szabolcs Huszti has a hamstring sprain and defender Felipe is out injured as well.


  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Borussia Dortmund have won just one of their last five matches in all competitions — a 3-0 win at home to Eintracht Frankfurt on February 16.
  • Dortmund will be without Robert Lewandowski and his 14 Bundesliga goals on Saturday. Next on the club’s scoring table is Marco Reus with 10, followed by Jakub Blaszczykowski with nine and Mario Gotze with eight.
  • Torsten Frings, who played for Dortmund between 2002 and 2004, announced his retirement from football on Tuesday.
  • Hannover come into Saturday’s match having won four of their last five Bundesliga matches.
  • Hannover have beaten Dortmund just once (in September 2011) in the Bundesliga since 2008  — a run of nine matches.
  • One-time Manchester United prospect Mame Biram Diouf (pictured, right) leads Hannover with 10 Bundesliga goals so far this season and will start up front with Mohammed Abdellaoue, who has six.

Players to watch

M. Reus

Position: Midfielder

Games: 7

  • 3
  • 1
  • 0

The €17million Borussia Dortmund paid for the former Borussia Monchengladbach attacker is starting to look like a bargain. The 23-year-old is second to Robert Lewandowski in team scoring so far this season and has also contributed eight assists to the cause. He’ll line up on the left side of Dortmund’s attack against Hannover, having displaced Kevin Grosskreutz from the starting XI.

M. Diouf

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

  • 0
  • 0
  • 0

The 25-year-old has driven Hannover forward this season and has already eclipsed his goalscoring total of last term. Tall and incredibly strong, he is a handful for any defence and will give Mats Hummels and Neven Subotic something to think about on Saturday. He scored an 86th-minute equaliser against Dortmund in the reverse fixture earlier this season.

Editor's Prediction

It’s hard to imagine Dortmund’s slump going on much further. Bayer Leverkusen are nipping at their heels in the league, and if they’re not careful they could find themselves out of the automatic Champions League places before too long. They’ll win on Saturday, but Hannover are in good enough form to at least find the back of the net at Signal Iduna Park.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Borussia Dortmund

Hannover 96

Wins
4
0
1
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

BV Borussia 09 Dortmund BVB
BV Borussia 09 Dortmund Borussia Dortmund
Draw
Hannover 96 H96
Hannover 96 Hannover 96
65%
20%
15%

Top 3 Predictions

BV Borussia 09 Dortmund BVB
3 - 1
Hannover 96 H96
BV Borussia 09 Dortmund BVB
8 - 8
Hannover 96 H96
BV Borussia 09 Dortmund BVB
2 - 0
Hannover 96 H96

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