Hannover vs Borussia Dortmund
Germany – Bundesliga
Date: Friday, 31 August 2018
Kick-Off at 19:30 UK / 20:30 CET
Venue: HDI-Arena, Hannover.
Even though they struggled for goals during the pre-season, Borussia Dortmund shone on the opening Matchday of the new Bundesliga campaign.
They got off to a nightmare start on Sunday afternoon against RB Leipzig whose Jean-Kevin Augustin opened the scoring in the very first minute, but Lucien Favre’s men showed a fighting spirit to bounce back and eventually bag four goals until the end.
BVB thus travel to HDI-Arena to play the first fixture of the second round away at Hannover 96 high on confidence aiming to take advantage of the momentum and maintain the perfect record at the start of the season.
It will, however, by no means be an easy task for the visitors as the Reds enjoyed a thrilling form in the pre-season.
Moving forward, Andre Breitenreiter’s men offered a strong showing in their league opener against Werder Bremen.
Substitute Hendrik Weydandt broke the deadlock for them 14 minutes from time at Weserstadion last weekend, but Hannover were unlucky to ship an 85th-minute leveller through Theodor Gebre-Selassie.
Hannover vs Borussia Dortmund: Head-to-head
Borussia have a positive head to head record in matches with the Reds. They lead the head to head tie by 13 wins ahead of 56th encounter.
BVB also won four of last five meetings with Hannover 96, but they suffered a tough 4-2 defeat in the previous visit to HDI-Arena back in late-October last year.
There were five or more goals scored in three of last five head to head matches.
Hannover vs Borussia Dortmund: Prediction
Dortmund completed a Paco Alcacer move from Barcelona, but we will hardly see the Spaniard on the pitch from the get go here.
Favre has an immense quality at the center of the park, though, as Witsel, Dahoud and Reus all scored goals last weekend.
They are expected to be the team’s driving force at HDI-Arena, but we’ll skip away win bets at the 1.57 odds given Hannover’s fine preseason spell of form.
Backing three or more goals looks to be just the way to go at 1.553, while you can also shoot either for the BTTS option at 1.61 or two or more goals in the first half at 2.25.
Hannover vs Borussia Dortmund: Bet Tips
Over 2.5 goals FT @ 4/7 (1.57)
Both teams to Score @ 5/8 (1.62).