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  • March 5, 2011
  • • 14:30
  • • HDI-Arena, Hannover
  • Referee: J. Drees
  • • Attendance: 49000
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Bundesliga Preview: Hannover - Bayern Munich

Bundesliga Preview: Hannover - Bayern Munich


PROBABLE LINE-UPS
Hannover: Zieler; Cherundolo, Haggui, Pogatetz, Schulz; Stindl, Schmiederbach, Pinto, Rausch; Schlaudraff, Abdellaoue.

Bayern Munich: Kraft; Lahm, Tymoshchuk, Breno, Pranjic; Kroos, Gustavo; Robben, Mueller, Ribery; Gomez.


DID YOU KNOW?
 
  • Hannover last won against Bayern Munich on the 27th September 2008 under the tutelage of Dieter Hecking. A first-half strike by current Zenit St.Peterburg midfielder Szabolcs Huszti proved to be the undoing of a fairly toothless Bavarian side, led by Juergen Klinsmann.
  • Mirko Slomka is yet to beat Bayern Munich with any team he has coached in the Bundesliga with two draws and five losses to his name.
  • Hannover have conceded 31 goals so far, which is on par with their second-best defensive record after 24 games, achieved in season 1968-1969 and season 2005-2006. The 96ers have bested this achievement only once in their history in season 2004-2005 when they conceded only 28 goals.
  • It is only the second time in Bundesliga history that Hannover are ahead of Bayern Munich in the standings before both of the ties in a season. This last happened in season 1966-1967.
  • Last week's victory against St Pauli was the first time Hannover had won without their talismanic striker Didier Ya Konan since his arrival in 2009. The Ivory Coast international has been ruled out of Saturday's clash.
  • Bayern Munich has outscored Hannover 18:1 in their last four meetings, emerging winners on all four occasions. Louis Van Gaal's Bavarians are yet to concede against the 96ers.
  • Mario Gomez has netter four times in 203 minutes for Bayern Munich against Hannover. He recorded a hat-trick against Mirko Slomka's men earlier this season at the Allianz Arena.
  • The home loss against Borussia Dortmund was Arjen Robben's first game in Bayern Munich shirt in which he did not record a single shot.
  • Bayern Munich are leading the pass completion charts in the Bundesliga with 84.4%, while Hannover are the worst passers of the ball so far this season with 67.7%.
  • Thomas Kraft has blocked 71.9% of the shots at his goal, which falls short of Bundesliga's best of 83.3%, set by no other than Hannover's Ron-Robert Zieler.


LAST MEETING

October 16, 2010: Bayern Munich 3-0 Hannover

The Bavarians made short work of Mirko Slomka's men at the Allianz Arena earlier this season with leading Bundesliga goalscorer Mario Gomez netting a hat-trick. An interesting fact is that the win came on the back of two successive defeats against German opposition for Van Gaal's men much alike the current situation. Will history repeat itself?

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Available Squads
1Ron-Robert ZielerGoalkeeper
19Christian SchulzDefender
4Emanuel PogatetzDefender
3Karim HagguiDefender
6Steven CherundoloDefender
34Konstantin RauschMidfielder
7Sergio da Silva PintoMidfielder
8Manuel SchmiedebachMidfielder
28Lars StindlMidfielder
25Mohammed AbdellaoueStriker
13Jan SchlaudraffStriker
27Florian FromlowitzGoalkeeper
22Mario EggimannDefender
23Sofian ChahedMidfielder
30CarlitosMidfielder
15Constant DjakpaDefender
8Altin LalaMidfielder
17Moritz StoppelkampStriker
1Thomas KraftGoalkeeper
28Holger BadstuberDefender
2BrenoDefender
44Anatoliy TymoshchukMidfielder
21Philipp LahmDefender
7Franck RibéryMidfielder
23Danijel PranjicMidfielder
25Thomas MüllerStriker
39Toni KroosMidfielder
10Arjen RobbenMidfielder
33Mario GomezStriker
22Hans-Jörg ButtGoalkeeper
-Daniel Van BuytenDefender
26Diego ContentoDefender
8Andreas OttlMidfielder
4Hamit AltıntopMidfielder
11Miroslav KloseStriker
Players to Watch
Ron-Robert Zieler
Ron-Robert Zieler
Position: Goalkeeper
Squad Number: 1
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The youngster has established himself as the first-choice goalkeeper at Hannover since the turn of the year and has certainly impressed. If Hannover are to take anything out of this game, they will need Ron-Robert Zieler at his best as Bayern Munich are likely to go all guns blazing right from the start.
Mario Gomez
Mario Gomez
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 33
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
Mario Gomez has scored four goals in his last two games against Hannover, including a hat-trick against Mirko Slomka's team earlier this season. It will take a brave man to bet against the Bundesliga top goalscorer adding to his tally, especially with Bayern Munich missing only Bastian Schweinsteger(suspension) and fired up to end their bad spell.
Prediction
Based on quality alone this should be a stroll in the park for Louis Van Gaal's men who have been short on confidence, following consecutive losses to Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga and to Schalke in the DFB-Pokal semi-final. Hannover showed grit and determination in their win over St Pauli last weekend, but with Didier Ya Konan injured and with so much at stake for Bayern Munich, Mirko Slomka's men are likely to come out of this game with empty hands.

Editor's Prediction
Bayern 2

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