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Mirko Slomka's men are keeping up with the Bundesliga elite when playing at the HDI Arena and Al Hain-Cole expects them to comfortably see off their visitors on Friday

Hannover 96 will be looking to extend their 100 per cent Bundesliga home record when they welcome Hertha Berlin to the HDI Arena on Friday evening.

Despite losing all three away games without scoring a goal, Mirko Slomka’s men sit fourth in the table thanks to four wins from four in front of their own fans and are favourites at 13/10 (2.30) with Betway to make it five here.

The newly-promoted visitors also have home form to thank for their lofty fifth-placed position after failing to win on the road so far, but are available at 2/1 (3.00) to collect just their second away win in 15 top flight games.

Die Alte Dame secured a 1-1 draw on their last Bundesliga visit to this ground, and you can get odds of 23/10 (3.30) on them collecting a point once again two years on.

Slomka has worked wonders in his three seasons at the helm in Lower Saxony, turning a team of relegation-battlers into one capable of challenging in the latter stages of European competition.

The foundations for this remarkable turnaround reside firmly in the HDI Arena, which has become one of Germany’s most intimidating away grounds during the former Schalke coach’s reign.

Only Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund have gained more points and lost fewer games on home turf over the past three season than Hannover, and their start suggests this campaign will be no different.

These kind of statistics will make for daunting reading for Jos Luhukay’s men, whose recent record reads 23 defeats and just 10 wins in their last 47 Bundesliga away games, and who go into this match having lost three and only won one of their last five fixtures.

All things considered, this clash seems like as straightforward a home win as any in Germany, and those 13/10 (2.30) odds can therefore simply not be passed up on Hannover collecting a sixth-successive league victory in front of their own fans.

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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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