Borussia Dortmund vs. Hannover 96 Preview: Ya Konan’s Injury, A Major Blow For Die Roten

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Updated: October 16, 2013
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Match Date: 19 October 2013 (local time)

Venue: Signal-Iduna Park

 

Injury-stricken Borussia  Dortmund will attempt to snatch Bundesliga’s top spot via clinching a victory against Hannover 96. Jurgen Klopp and his men will most likely capitalize on their home court advantage and the absence of Hannover striker, Didier Ya Konan.

 

 

Team Form

Borussia Dortmund

Dortmund’s attempt to dominate Bundesliga ended when it had its first taste of defeat against Borussia Mönchengladbach.
Despite dominating possession, Dortmund failed to convert all of its scoring opportunities. The mighty  Mönchengladbach kept them at bay via keeping a clean sheet and firing 2 successful goals. Robert Lewandowski, who has been a consistent Dortmund goal scorer, was silenced during the encounter. Even the bold Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was unable to show off his maneuvers in the pitch and therefore, halted Dortmund’s winning streak. To note, the club now has 6 victories, a loss and a draw.

 

The club’s dwindling and lackluster performance can be fairly attributed to the injury issues they confront. The absence of Ikay Gundogan, Marco Reus, Marcel Schmelzer, Lukasz Piszczek, Sven Bender and Nuri Sahin has been a big blow to the club. Moreover, it cannot be denied that the squad is also experiencing the tolls of the Champions League, where greater pressure awaits in every encounter.

 

Hannover 96

The result of Hannover 96’s match against Hertha Berlin was better than Dortmund. Die Roten forced a draw and gave them enough points to climb the table’s 5th spot.

 

Christian Schulz’s opener could have been the last for Hannover 96. However, the newly promoted Hertha Berlin refused to wave the white flag easily. The last minutes of the match saw Ronny fired an equalizer to level the scores and avoid spiraling down in the club’s ranking. Despite their opponent’s late comeback, Die Roten, still, has something to thank for. And this is no other than the continuous strengthening of their campaign this season.

 

But perhaps, the biggest question that they must answer is whether they can sustain such momentum throughout the season.

 

Pitted against Borussia Dortmund in their next match, the club expects Mame Diouf to grace the pitch. The Senegalese forward has already recovered from a thigh strain and looks forward to an exciting match. However, Diouf’s return cannot be fully celebrated as Hannover 96’s striker, Didier Ya Konan injured his ankle ligaments and set to be sidelined for the rest of the year.

 

 

 

 

Football betting tip: Borussia Dortmund 2-0 Hannover 96

Hannover 96 has been experiencing problems in their away matches. They have already lost 4 of it and they were also unable to score. Dortmund will readily take advantage of this scenario and pull off a victory.

 

 

 

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