Preview and Presser: Hannover at Home


After a fantastic win here on Tuesday night in the Champions League, BVB are set to host Hannover tomorrow afternoon. Without a first-team fixture for a further fourteen days, BVB aren’t likely to make wholesale changes and may look for consistency during this run of four home games which can set the tone for the rest of the season.

The squad reports no new injury concerns following the Arsenal match.

70-hannoverHannoverscher Sportverein von 1896 have been back in the top flight since 2002, but aren’t enjoying the best of starts to the season: an opening day 3-1 defeat at Bochum and three 1-1 draws, a win-less run ended by a 2-0 win at home to bottom-side Fürth.

The club are through to the DFB-Pokal Second Round though, an extra-time 3-1 win at Osnabrück being rewarded with a home tie against Fürth.

Hannover will be without Hirokai Sakai tomorrow, after he serves the final match of a three-game ban for a dismissal against Frankfurt. Fellow right-back Florian Rutter is also unavailable due to a virus. BVB alumni Dede pointed to centre-back Karim Haggui as being the key player for tomorrow’s visitors.

skybet95BVB: 4-7F
Draw: 5-2
Hanover: 4-1
Ref: Jochen Drees
Breezy, Wet, 10°C

In March, BVB and Hannover drew 1-1 in Dortmund. Ivan Perisic put BVB in front after an hour, before Mohammed Abdellaoue equalised ten minutes later. The match in Hannover, however, was an entire different affair. A brace from Abdellaoue and a Mame Diouf goal winning the game 3-0 for the home side. BVB fans may be slightly relieved to learn that neither player is still at the club.

43 year-old referee Jochen Drees from Bad Kreuznach will take charge of the game, his fourth Bundesliga match of the season. His first being BVB’s opening day defeat at Wolfsburg which saw the home side opponents get away with several late challenges on the wings. In his last ten matches, Mr Drees has issued 19 cautions and 1 red card, awarded two penalties (both to the home side), and was rated at an average of 8.38.

Pre-Match Press Conference

journalist70Paul Weiß, Bundesliga Review
“Hannover have been disappointing in the league so far, and haven’t won on the road this season. Do you think they can steal the points on Saturday?”

“I don’t think that’s going to happen. We’re a good side and
we really should be winning our home matches against them.


Hermann Bach, Football Daily
“Elsewhere, league leaders Leverkusen play Mainz tomorrow. Do you think they can go all the way this season?

“I just want to concentrate on my own team.
They won’t be talking about us.

journalist70Paul Weiß, Bundesliga Review
“Neven Subotic is a real crowd favourite and has delighted fans with his recent performances. Do you think their backing will help maintain his recent form?” 

“Our fans are fantastic, and having them right behind you
really lifts the spirits and make you perform at a higher level.

journalist70Paul Weiß, Bundesliga Review
“Ahead of their match tonight, Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola said that ‘Dortmund are a quality team and you’ll have to include them among the title contenders’. What do you make of that?

“Well, I’d have to agree! [laughs] It’s a long way to go but I
fully expect both our sides to be battling it out come May.”

Saturday 05 October: Borussia Dortmund v. Hannover 96 (Bundesliga)