Borussia Dortmund - Hannover Betting Preview: Backing the holders to continue their strong home record

Jurgen Klopp's men will be desperate to retain their German cup trophy after falling well behind in the title race, and Al Hain-Cole expects them to see off Die Roten with ease
With Bayern Munich seemingly running away with the Bundesliga title, last season’s domestic double winners Borussia Dortmund will want to make sure they stay in with a chance of retaining at least one of last season’s trophies when they host Hannover in the cup.

Jurgen Klopp’s men have been disappointing by their own exceedingly high standards in the league this season, but can take pride in their fantastic Champions League group stage performance, and Sunday’s first league win in four will give them plenty of confidence coming into this match.

The holders are clear favourites at 1/4 (1.25) with Bet365 to kick on with a win here, in front of the boisterous Westfalenstadion crowd.

Hannover are like a completely different team away from their fortress of a home ground, having lost six of their last seven domestic matches on the road, and are understandably massive outsiders at 10/1 (11.00) to come out on top in this one.

The previous meeting between these two sides finished in a 1-1 draw in Hannover, and you can get hefty 5/1 (6.00) odds on the visitors cancelling the champions out on their own territory.

Die Schwarzgelben boast an excellent record against Mirko Slomka’s side at home, having won the last three ties by an aggregate scoreline of 11-3 in their own back yard.

With the visitors’ miserable away form showing no sign of improving, it seems safe to back Dortmund to overcome a one-goal handicap and win by at least two goals once again this time, at odds of 4/6 (1.67).

However, with just one clean sheet in their last 10, Klopp’s men cannot be relied upon to keep the visitors completely at bay.

Mame Biram Diouf scored the goal that earned his side a point when these sides met earlier on in the season, and the Senegalese striker is currently in fine form with three goals in his last four domestic matches.

Die Roten’s top-scorer looks like great value at 3/1 (4.00) to score anytime on Thursday, and is well worth backing at that price.

Dortmund (-1) to win at 4/6 (1.67) with Bet365
Diouf to score anytime at 3/1 (4.00) with Bet365

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Al Hain-Cole is a Liverpool fan, experienced tipster and avid follower of European football. He specialises in accumulators and if you would like to read more from Al you can follow him on Twitter here.

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