Dortmund face tough Hannover test - Bundesliga preview
With Bayern Munich looking to extend their lead at the top of the Bundesliga this weekend, Rafael Honigstein takes a look at some of the top clashes for Bet.Unibet.com.
Borussia Mönchengladbach 2.25, the draw 3.40, Eintracht Frankfurt 3.00
“The Foals” come into this on the back of two horror defeats: 5-0 at home to Dortmund in the league and 4-2 at home to Fenerbahce in the Europa League. The whole team seems unsettled after the spine of the side was ripped out in the summer with the departures of Dante, Neustädter and Reus. This was highlighted by midfielder Granit Xhaka and keeper Marc-Andre Ter Stegen who were at each other’s throats at half-time in midweek. Frankfurt are, in many ways, the new Gladbach: an excellent counter-attacking side with great understanding. Alex Meier is in imperious form in attacking midfield so Armin Veh’s team should get a score draw at the Borussia Park.
VfB Stuttgart 2.50, the draw 3.40, Bayer Leverkusen 2.65
These two sides can’t make up their minds whether they’re actually quite good or really pretty bad. Leverkusen have more quality than Bruno Labbadia’s side but can’t always be trusted to perform to their true potential. Three wins in a row in all competitions would suggest that they’re developing a habit of grinding out results, though. This is sadly not something that can be said for Stuttgart, who have only won two of their last ten matches. Expect an away win here and more crisis talk at the Mercedes Benz Arena.
Hannover 96 4.50, the draw 3.80, Borussia Dortmund 1.70
This one could well be a question of who’s more tired; Mirko Slomka’s side after beating Levante with ten man on Thursday, or the champions after pushing Manchester City all the way on Wednesday evening? The heavy pitch in the AWD will not be conducive to good passing football, that’s for sure. This match usually delivers plenty of goals, however: there have never been less than two goals in the last 42 meetings between these two sides. Dortmund have to sweat on the fitness of Mats Hummels (hip) and Ilkay Gündogan (back) but Dortmund should edge this one in any case thanks to their renewed confidence and possessing better options off the bench.
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