Posted by AL (2016-10-26 13:56 CET)
Germany DFB Cup
Today is my 50th birthday, hope can contribute a nice pick.
Hannover has only one target this season, finish by top 2 position for fight back to Bundesliga, they started well but struggling in recent 2 weeks, lost 2 league games in row and dropped down to 5th place.
Moreover, they are facing very serious missing problem, arround 10 players will absence today, importance defenders Waldemar Anton and Florian Hubner both suspended, captain and defence leader Manuel Schmiedebach just joined the long injuries list, keeper Philipp Tschauner, defender Timo Hubers, midfielder Andre Hoffmann, attackers Uffe Manich Bech, Charlison Benschop and Niclas Fullkrug all unable to play, strikers Noah-Joel Sarenren-Bazee and Babacar Gueye are doubtful, coach Daniel Stendel`s line up forced to make big change. The only good new is striker Martin Harnik already back from injured and play in second half, but he is always missing chance, only scored 2 goals so far, and not full fit now. The coming Sunday league game against Wurzburger Kickers will be more importance for them, so Harnik will probably start on the bench again.
On the other side, Dusseldorf is very solid this season, only lost 2 away games against top teams Heidenheim and Braunschweig, won recent 2 games and totally scored 7 goals, coach Friedhelm Funkel just declared that he is totally trust his squad, has no planning to sign new player in Winter break, the good news for them is 2 defence stars Kevin Akpoguma and Alexander Madlung both back from suspended, both will start again. The whole team only have defender Julian Koch, midfielders Christian Gartner and Oliver Fink 3 injured players, their squad is much more complete right now. Also striker Rouwen Hennings on top form, just scored 2 goals against Bielefeld, already scored 5 goals this season.
The recent schedule is very tight for B2 teams, Hannover only has thin squad left, and just played a hard away game in Nurnberg, but Dusseldorf has importance players back, also just took easy win at home, the physical state is on away side. All in all, I can`t see Hannover favorite here.
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