Hannover vs Wolfsburg
Competition: Germany Bundesliga
Date: 9 November 2018
Kick-off: 20:30 CET
Hannover hosted Wolfsburg 10 days ago in a DFB Pokal match, and lost 0-2. That was their fourth home defeat in a row to the Wolves, who have built an awesome record against the 96ers. Hannover are on just six points from 10 matches in the Bundesliga, 16th in the table. Last weekend they lost 3-1 at Schalke, equalizing in the 70th minute, but conceding less than 100 seconds later, before allowing another goal in the 85th minute. Coach Andre Breitenreiter is expected to have Esser, Elez, Wimmer, Anton, Korb, Walace, Maina, Albornoz, Haraguchi, Wood and Bebou in the starting lineup. Brazilian center-back Felipe, another center-back, Timo Hübers, and left midfielder Edgar Prib, all three are injured, unavailable. Goalkeeper Michael Esser and midfielder Linton Maina had their own injury problems recently, but both are back, and expected to start.
Wolfsburg started the Bundesliga season with back-to-back wins over Schalke (at home) and Bayer Leverkusen (away), but ever since then, in eight matches, they have celebrated just one victory, a 0-3 at bottom-of-the-table Fortuna Dusseldorf. They have lost three of their last four Bundesliga matches, at Werder Bremen, and at home to Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund (last weekend). They are just 11th in the table, on 12 points from 10 matches. They are expected to start the game with Casteels, William, Brooks, Tisserand, Roussillon, Arnold, Rexhbecaj, Gerhardt, Ginczek, Weghorst and Brekalo. Coach Bruno Labbadia doesn’t have right winger Ismail Azzaoui (knee), defensive midfielder Ignacio Camacho (ankle), also defensive midfielder Josuha Guilavogui (knee), and right winger Felix Klaus (ankle) at his disposal, as all four are injured. Swiss forward Renato Steffen picked up a knock last weekend in the game against Dortmund, but is expected to be at least on the bench. Second striker Admir Mehmedi stayed out last weekend, but has good chances of reappearing.
Previous five matches:
Schalke vs Hannover 3-1
Hannover vs Wolfsburg 0-2
Hannover vs Augsburg 1-2
Bayer Leverkusen vs Hannover 2-2
Hannover vs Stuttgart 3-1
Wolfsburg vs Borussia Dortmund 0-1
Hannover vs Wolfsburg 0-2
Fortuna Dusseldorf vs Wolfsburg 0-3
Wolfsburg vs Bayern Munich 1-3
Werder Bremen vs Wolfsburg 2-0
Hannover’s next game is at Gladbach, next Sunday. A day earlier, Wolfsburg will have hosted RB Leipzig (both Bundesliga matches).
Hannover vs Wolfsburg: Head to head Stats
Wolfsburg have four wins in a row in Hannover, by a total score of 1-10(!). Before that, it was the hosts who had four consecutive wins at home over Wolfsburg.
Hannover vs Wolfsburg: Prediction
Wolfsburg are considered slight favorites to win. Personally, I would bet on goals in this game. Hannover’s last three home matches had at least three each, and so did Wolfsburg’s last game on the road, in Dusseldorf.
Hannover vs Wolfsburg: Betting Tips
“Over 2.5 goals” is at 1.90. Combined with with “both teams to score”, it pays somewhat better, 2.20.