Hamburg vs Hannover: Preview, Team News, Likely Lineups, and Prediction
The last time these two sides met was in September, in which Hannover came out as comfortable 2-0 winners.
Hannover travel to the Volkspark Stadium to face Hamburger SV in this weekend’s match in the German Bundesliga.
Hannover’s last match was at home against Wolfsburg, and they were beaten by the away side 1-0. Yunus Malli scored in the second half of the contest to help Wolfsburg left the Niedersach Stadium with all three points in the match.
Hamburg traveled to the Red Bull Arena in their last match for the fixture against RB Leipzig. That encounter ended in a 1-1 draw as Bruma’s early goal for Leipzig was canceled out by a Filip Kostic strike in the 29th minute.
Hannover are 10th in the league table with 27 points so far in the season from the first 20 matches. Hamburg are second from bottom and are three points ahead of FC Cologne while 15th place Mainz are four points clear of Hamburg. Hamburg have accumulated 16 points so far in the season.
Head to Head
These two teams have faced off against each other 56 times before this match in the German Bundesliga. Hamburg have won 22 times while they have played against Hannover.
Hannover, on the other hand, have won 19 times against Hamburg. The remaining 15 matches have ended in draws.
The last time these two sides met was in September and Hannover came out as comfortable 2-0 winners. Martin Harnik and Ihlas Bebou scored a goal each for the home side as Hamburg left the HDI Arena empty-handed.
Right winger Nicolai Muller has Cruciate Ligament rupture and is unavailable for this match. Bjarne Thoelke has also picked up an injury, and the center-back is a doubt for this fixture.
Midfielder Gideon Jung has problems with his back, and the 23-year-old is also a doubt for the match. Centre-forward Sven Schipplock has an injury and will miss this game.
Centre-back Kyriakos Papadopoulos and right-back Dennis Diekmeier could miss the club’s next game if they pick up a yellow card in this match as they have accumulated nine and four yellow cards respectively in the previous matches.
For Hannover, there are a couple of players out injured. Left midfielder Edgar Prib is a long-term absentee as he has a Cruciate Ligament rupture and is not expected to back on the pitch until April.
Right winger Noah Joel Sarenren Bazee has problems concerning his knee and is a doubt for this fixture. Felix Klaus is at risk of missing out on the club’s next fixture if he picks up a yellow card in this match as he has got four yellow cards over the course of the season.
Hamburg vs Hannover Lineup (Predicted XI)
Hamburg Lineup (3-4-3)
Goalkeeper: Mathenia (GK)
Defenders: van Drongelen (LCB) Papadopoulos (CB) Sakai (RCB)
Midfielders: Santos (LM) Wallace (LCM) Jung (RCM) Diekmeier (RM)
Hannover Lineup (3-4-3)
Goalkeeper: Tschauner (GK)
Defenders: Elez (LCB) Sane (CB) Anton (RCB)
Midfielders: Fossum (LM) Sorg (LCM) Ostrzolek (RCM) Schweigler (RM)
Attackers: Klaus (LW) Harnik (ST) Fullkrug (RW)
Hamburg vs Hannover Prediction
This match is likely to be a tightly contested match between two sides who have separate goals and agendas concerning different parts of the table.
Die Rothosen will hope they can push for the European places, while Hamburg will expect to get away from the danger zone sooner rather than later as the season heads towards the business end.
Hamburg won’t want to lose ground over the teams around them if they harbor any hopes of reaching the goal of qualifying for Europe.
Bernt Hollerbach’ side will want to increase their gap over Cologne and decrease the gap with the other teams above them. A win would give the second-bottom side a lift but is easier said than done against their opponents this weekend.
Our prediction for this Hamburg vs Hannover match is a 2-1 win for the away side.