Match Preview: Away v. Hannover (Saturday)


Dortmund have just the one absentee as they make the 270 mile round-trip to Hannover tomorrow, with Ivan Perisic sidelined with a knee injury picked-up in the win over Nürnberg on Wednesday night.

Robert Lewandowski is fit again after suffering a knock to the ribs, but after sitting out the last two matches, he may not immediately make a return to the starting line-up after Stevan Jovetic’s impressive hat-trick in midweek.

Surman won’t under-estimate the opposition tomorrow, having tasted defeat here back in March, but may give the 3-5-2 system another outing with the starting XI likely to be those who were on the pitch at the end of Wednesday night.

Dortmund travel to Belgium on Tuesday to play Standard Liège.

70-hannoverFour wins and a draw in their last six kept them up last season, but Hannover have failed to get a good start this campaign, with a solitary win over Mainz amidst their six matches, having failed to score in the other five, including cup defeat at third-tier Regensburg.

They’ll be without Artistide Bancé tomorrow after the striker picked-up two yellow cards inside half-hour on his début on Tuesday night, and Frank Lampard – who missed an early penalty – is doubtful, with the club not often playing him in two consecutive games in the same week. Konstantin Rausch and Devante Parker (both ankle) are definitely out, and Szabolcs Huszti may recover from a knock in time to be included.

Artur Sobiech is set for a return to the side, with him being the most likely threat to the Dortmund defence, having scored 7 in 13 for Die Roten last term. His namesake Lasse made his début for the club in midweek after a £2m move from Dortmund last month.

skybet70Betting Odds
Hannover: 7-2
Draw: 9-4
Dortmund: 4-6F

The clubs met here in March, with the hosts winning 1-0 with Kim Ojo’s 80th minute striking ending Dortmund’s 19-match unbeaten run, with Gray Surman putting it down as their worst display of the season. BVB had won the home match 5-1 back in October though, with goals from Gündogan  (2), Lewandowski, Perisic, and Fischer.

Tomorrow’s referee is Felix Zwayer from Berlin who has shown 34 yellow cards in his last 16 matches, without pulling out a red or awarding a penalty. He last took charge of Dortmund in the Supercup, which he handled well, but hasn’t refereed Hannover yet this season.