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  • December 19, 2012
  • • 19:30
  • • Signal-Iduna-Park, Dortmund
  • Referee: F. Brych
  • • Attendance: 77615
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Dortmund - Hannover Preview: Jurgen Klopp's men welcome Die Roten to Westfalenstadion in DFB Pokal clash

Dortmund - Hannover Preview: Jurgen Klopp's men welcome Die Roten to Westfalenstadion in DFB Pokal clash

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The defending champions are coming off an impressive victory over Hoffenheim at the weekend, and will be eager to secure progression in the cup before the winter break

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

DORTMUND

Weidenfeller
Piszczek, Subotic, Hummels, Schmelzer
 Gundogan, Leitner
Kuba, Gotze, Reus
Lewandowski
HANNOVER

Zieler
Cherundolo, Eggimann, Haggui, Rausch
Pinto, Schulz
Ya Konan, Schlaudraff, Huszti
Diouf

With the race for the Bundesliga title in the hands of rivals, Bayern Munich, it is likely that Dortmund boss, Jurgen Klopp, will add even more importance on the DFB Pokal this year, and so is likely to field a strong line-up against Hannover.

The German champions have been boosted by the news this week that Sebastian Kehl may feature in the cup after recovering from a knee injury. However, it is unclear whether the club captain will start the match.

Someone who will likely be put straight back into the fold is Marcel Schmelzer as the left-back has shaken off an infection and returned to full training on Tuesday.

However, Sven Bender is still sidelined with a groin injury.

Hannover go into the match missing three key players. Leon Andreasen is out with a cruciate ligament injury and will miss most of the season.

Brazilian defender Felipe will not feature due to a hip injury and influential midfielder Lars Stindl is currently recovering from surgery on his ankle. Due to the German's injury, Didier Ya Konan may be employed on the right-hand side.


  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Dortmund are the current holders of the DFB Pokal and have won the cup three times in their history. Bayern Munich have won the most titles, with 15.
  • BVB are currently third place in the Bundesliga, 12 points off the pace set by their rivals, Bayern.
  • Mats Hummels, Marcel Schmelzer, Mario Gotze, and Julian Schieber were all on target on Dortmund's previous DFB Pokal match, where they came out 4-1 winners against Aalen.
  • Hannover are currently situated 11th in the German Bundesliga, with 23 points taken from 17 matches.
  • Die Roten had to rely on penalty kicks to progress into the next round in their previous DFB Pokal match. They narrowly overcame Dynamo Dresden at the AWD Arena.
  • Former Manchester United striker, Mame Biram Diouf, is Hannover's top goalscorer this season, with six goals.

Players to watch

M. Götze

Position: Midfielder

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If the 20-year-old can drift into the hole just in front of the Hannover defence then he will be a real danger to the away side. The central midfield duo will need to be vigilant in this space because if the German is not marshaled well, he will be devastating.

M. Diouf

Position: Attacker

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The Senegal striker is Hannover's top goalscorer this season with 10 goals in all competitions, but will need to be provided with decent service from the attacking trio behind him if he is to be effective. If the visitors can get him into the game, he could trouble the Dortmund defence.

Editor's Prediction

Hannover have conceded more goals than any other team besides Hoffenheim in the Bundesliga this season, so a team not exactly equipped with a solid defence is lambs to the slaughter against an outstanding attacking team like Dortmund. Expect the home side to overrun the visitors in a comfortable win.

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
79%

Top 3 Predictions

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

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