Hannover 96 vs Bayer Leverkusen / Bundesliga – While Hannover sinks deeper and deeper Bayer improved and has already reached positions that lead to the Europa League next season. It is eliminated from the DFB-Pokal and Europa League, which is bad but it is doing better and better in the Bundesliga. Several rounds ago Hannover managed to win the last placed team in the league but after that it lost three times in a row, and the save zone is seven points above. In the first part of the season the two teams surprisingly drew in Leverkusen 2-2.
Hannover 96 vs Bayer Leverkusen begins 10.03.2019 at 18:00 CET
There is less and less hope for Hannover to reach at least places that lead to the relegation play-off and even less to survive without going through it. They had a very weak finish of the first part of season and everything continued in the second when they only managed to win Nurnberg that is nailed to the bottom. They won 2-0 at home and it was a glimmer of hope that might be able to join the survival race but then they lost three times in a row, each time soundly.
Hoffenheim and Eintracht had defeated them by 3-0, where the team from Frankfurt did so in Hannover. They could find excuse in fact that both teams are strong and had played in European competitions this season, but there is no explanation for defeat in the previous round. Hannover went to Stuttgart and the hosts were positioned just one place above them, however, the match ended as 5-1 debacle. Number of players is injured and now Sorg is suspended due to accrued yellow cards. The starting line-up will surely see several changes for this match.
Probable lineups Hannover 96: Esser – Anton, Felipe, Wimmer – Haraguchi, Schwegler, Walace, Albornoz – Bakalorz – Asano, Weydandt
Bayer plays better and better although they were defeated in Dortmund two rounds ago. They didn’t play badly and their forwards did their job but defence didn’t follow. Borussia won 3-2 and it was Bayer’s second defeat in the spring part of season after losing in the first round to Borussia M’gladbach. Bayer didn’t play well in two other competitions; Hoffenheim was deadly for them in the DFB-Pokal and Russian Krasnodar in the Europa League. They are certainly sorry for defeats since second-division team has eliminated them from the Cup, and they had 0-0 from match in Krasnodar, which was a good opportunity for rematch.
The 2nd leg with Krasnodar ended as 1-1 and that was the end of European journey for Bayer. They won in the previous round in the Bundesliga; they routinely won Freiburg at home 2-0. It was interesting that manager Bosz didn’t want to change anything in the team that lost in Dortmund and now he again won’t make changes. Jedvaj become standard at the left flank, while S. Bender is questionable but Dragovic is ready, at least as reserve. Bellarabi has recovered but will most probably stay on the bench.
Probable lineups Bayer Leverkusen: Hradecky – Weiser, Tah, S. Bender, Jedvaj – Baumgartlinger, Aranguiz – Brandt, Havertz, Bailey – Volland
Hannover 96 vs Bayer Leverkusen PICK
Hannover situation is such that they simply must play to win despite fact that the opponent is far stronger team. Bayer will play its offensive football and score goals, although it is not exactly certain that will manage to not receive one, so the match should be very efficient.
Pick: over 3 goals
Odds: 1.71 at bethard (down to 1.61 can be played)
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