Hannover vs Bayer Leverkusen
Competition: Germany Bundesliga
Date: 10 March 2019
Kick-off: 18:00 CET
Hannover visited Stuttgart last weekend, it was a “six-point match” against a direct rival in the fight to avoid relegation, and Hannover didn’t just lose the game, they got butchered, ending up 5-1 down. They were left five points behind Stuttgart, deep into the relegation zone. To make matters worse, they are still without several players. It’s hard to find another Bundesliga team with as many injury problems. Akpoguma, Bebou, Füllkrug (the man who could score important goals for them), Ostrzolek, Prib, Sarenren Bazee, they are all injured, unavailable, while Sorg is suspended. Against Leverkusen, they are expected to start with Esser, Anton, Felipe, Wimmer, Haraguchi, Bakalorz, Walace, Albornoz, Asano, Wood and Jonathas. The day before the game, Hübers was considered doubtful.
Bayer Leverkusen made things look easy against Freiburg at home last weekend, taking the lead less than four minutes into the game. They had to wait until the 73rd minute to finish the game off (2-0), but all in all, there was little doubt who the winners would be, after Aránguiz’s goal in the 4th minute. It was their fifth win in their last six Bundesliga matches. They have climbed up 6th in the table, four points behind fourth-placed Gladbach, and the momentum is so good for them (with Gladbach earning just one point in four matches), that at BayArena they have started talking about snatching a Champions League ticket. Hradecky, Weiser, Tah, S. Bender, Jedvaj, Aranguiz, Baumgartlinger, Havertz, Brandt, Bailey and Volland, this should be the starting lineup. Pohjanpalo and Retsos are still out, and Bellarabi was considered doubtful the day before the game.
Previous five matches:
Stuttgart vs Hannover 5-1
Hannover vs Eintracht Frankfurt 0-3
Hoffenheim vs Hannover 3-0
Hannover vs Nurnberg 2-0
Hannover vs RB Leipzig 0-3
Bayer Leverkusen vs Freiburg 2-0
Borussia Dortmund vs Bayer Leverkusen 3-2
Bayer Leverkusen vs Krasnodar 1-1
Bayer Leverkusen vs Fortuna Dusseldorf 2-0
Krasnodar vs Bayer Leverkusen 0-0
Hannover are visiting Augsburg next weekend. Leverkusen will be hosting Werder Bremen (both Bundesliga matches).
Hannover vs Bayer Leverkusen: Head to head Stats
Just one win for the hosts (back in 2012), two for Leverkusen, and two draws, in the last five games between these two in Hannover.
Hannover vs Bayer Leverkusen: Prediction
Leverkusen have been great for weeks now, and one way or another I expect them to win in Hannover.
Hannover vs Bayer Leverkusen: Betting Tips
Given that a simple Leverkusen win pays less than 1.40, I would risk combining it with “over 2,.5 goals” (1.75), and even with “over 3.5” (2.55), having seen how vulnerable Hannover have looked defensively these last weeks (conceding 11 goals in their last three matches. Generally, they have conceded more goals than any other Bundesliga team this season).