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Hannover vs Leipzig - Red Bulls tipped to cruise to second straight win

Hannover can’t be trusted despite appointing a new manager
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Leipzig have more class and are tipped to win against Hannover in the Bundesliga (Getty Images)

Hannover vs Leipzig Preview, Predictions & Betting Tips


Hannover are staring at Bundesliga relegation in the face and tipped for another defeat against RB Leipzig at the HDI-Arena on Friday. The Red Bulls were impressive in a 4-0 victory on Sunday and should have far too much class for a Hannover side missing a number of key players. 

Hannover 96 Form & Team News


Hannover’s miserable run of form continued with a 5-1 loss at Borussia Dortmund that left the club firmly in the relegation zone. Manager André Breitenreiter was sacked and replaced with 52-year-old former Hamburg, Borussia Dortmund and Ferencvaros manager Thomas Doll.

Doll has 15 games remaining to keep the Reds in the Bundesliga, but one of the main reasons for their struggles have been injuries to three key attacking players. Ihlas Bebou, Linton Maina and Niclas Füllkrug are all out and Genki Haraguchi has been on duty with Japan who qualified for the 2019 AFC Asian Cup final.

That leaves a strike force consisting of Hendrik Weydandt, Bobby Wood, Jonathas and Noah Sarenren Bazee. It will be interesting to see what changes Doll makes and how they affect the team. Confidence and self-belief are severely lacking at the moment. 

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Hanover have missed injured winger Ihlas Bebou who will be out against Leipzig (Getty Images)

RB Leipzig Form & Team News


Leipzig have been a model of inconsistency lately, following a loss with a win on four straight occasions. A tough first home defeat of the season came in a 1-0 loss against Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund but the Red Bulls bounced back in style at Fortuna Dusseldorf.

Yussuf Poulsen bagged a brace with Ibrahima Konaté and Konrad Laimer securing all three points in an easy 4-0 win. The victory came against a Dusseldorf side that had won four games in a row. 

19-year-old Tyler Adams made his debut and performed well to give manager Ralf Rangnick another central midfield option. Poulsen and Timo Werner have formed a lethal strike partnership with the forwards combining to score 21 Bundesliga goals this season. 

Hannover vs Leipzig Head-to-Head


These clubs have met on only three occasions with Leipzig winning all three. Last season saw 2-1 and 3-2 wins followed by a 3-2 home victory earlier this season. 

Yussuf Poulsen put Leipzig ahead and two goals to Timo Werner put Leipzig 3-1 up with Miiko Albonorz getting one back for Hannover.

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Leipzig forwards Timo Werner and Yussuf Poulsen will be a big threat against Hannover (Getty Images)

Poulsen has scored in each match against Hannover with Werner grabbing three in three games. 

Hannover vs Leipzig Match Up


Hannover have been decimated by injuries with attackers Ihlas Bebou, Linton Maina and Niclas Füllkrug all out. As such, they create less goalscoring opportunities and are struggling to put them away.

Leipzig had no such issues away at Dusseldorf on Sunday, ruthless on the counter attack with four well taken goals. The Red Bulls attacked as soon as they won possession and Dusseldorf had no answers.

Hannover vs Leipzig Key Statistics


  • Hannover have lost their last 4 home matches (Bundesliga).
  • Hannover have failed to score in their last 4 home matches (Bundesliga).
  • Hannover have lost 4 of their last 5 matches (Bundesliga).
  • Leipzig have won all 3 matches against Hannover (Bundesliga).
  • Leipzig have scored 3 goals or more in 3 of their last 4 matches (Bundesliga). 
  • Leipzig’s Yussuf Poulsen has scored in all 3 matches against Hannover (Bundesliga).

Verdict


Hannover are really struggling and despite appointing a new manager this week, I don't think Thomas Doll can fix their problems any time soon. This is a poorly assembled squad and injuries to key players makes them fade candidates for the remainder of the season.

Leipzig were at their best last week and I expect strikers Yussuf Poulsen and Timo Werner to cause Hannover plenty of problems. Leipzig can win here at 1.60 and can do it in style with two units wagered on the -1 handicap at 2.50. 

Best Bet: RB Leipzig Win @ 1.60 at bet365 - 6 Units
Handicap Tip: RB Leipzig -1 Handicap @ 2.50 at bet365 - 2 Units
Correct Score Tip: RB Leipzig Win 3-1 @ 10.00 at bet365 - 1 Unit

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