Fortuna Dusseldorf vs Hannover
Competition: Germany Bundesliga
Date: 18 May 2019
Kick-off: 15:30 CET
What a fight Fortuna put up last weekend in Dortmund… Especially in added time, losing 3-2, playing with 10 men, they gave Borussia a real scare. They sit 11th in the table, with a chance to finish in the top 10 for the first time in 29 years(!). They need to beat Hannover, and they also need Hertha to lose at home to Bayer Leverkusen, which definitely feels probable. Bodzek got sent off late last weekend, so he is unavailable, Zimmer is injured, but Funkel has the rest of his players at his disposal. Both Lukebakio and Kownacki are expected to start, playing their last game for Fortuna. Both spent these last months in Dusseldorf on loan from other clubs. Rensing, Zimmermann, Ayhan, Hoffmann, Gießelmann, Lukebakio, Stöger, Fink, Morales, Raman and Kownacki, this should be the starting lineup.
If only Hannover had started their… comeback a month earlier… They beat Freiburg 3-0 at home last weekend, Mainz 1-0 in their previous home game, they earned a draw in Berlin from Hertha, they even looked decent in Munich against Bayern (lost 3-1), but… it was too late. After two seasons in the top division, they are going back down to the second one. They are expected to start with Esser, Sorg, Anton, Ostrzolek, Haraguchi, Bakalorz, Schwegler, Maina, Prib, Bebou and Weydandt. Coach Thomas Doll cannot count on injured Akpoguma, Felipe and Sarenren Bazee. Also, Hübers was doubtful the day before the game. Hannover have five draws and 11 defeats away from home this season in the Bundesliga, not a single victory.
Previous five matches:
Borussia Dortmund vs Fortuna Dusseldorf 3-2
Freiburg vs Fortuna Dusseldorf 1-1
Fortuna Dusseldorf vs Werder Bremen 4-1
Mainz vs Fortuna Dusseldorf 3-1
Fortuna Dusseldorf vs Bayern Munich 1-4
Hannover vs Freiburg 3-0
Bayern Munich vs Hannover 3-1
Hannover vs Mainz 1-0
Hertha Berlin vs Hannover 0-0
Hannover vs Borussia Monchengladbach 0-1
This is the last game of the season for both teams.
Fortuna Dusseldorf vs Hannover: Head to head Stats
Fortuna have hosted Hannover just twice in the 21st century; they drew 2-2 in 2016, and back in 2012 they had won 2-1.
Fortuna Dusseldorf vs Hannover: Prediction
I like Fortuna’s chances of winning the game.
Fortuna Dusseldorf vs Hannover: Betting Tips
The hosts’ win pays 1.60, going up to 1.95 if combined with “over 2.5 goals”. No pressure for any of the two teams, everything is already decided, but I still expect the hosts to look more… motivated, playing in front of their fans, knowing they have the chance to finish in the top 10 for the first time in 29 years.