Borussia Dortmund have been spectacular in the Bundesliga so far in the season but looked pretty numb in their last match. They did end up with an away win but they clearly lacked match fitness after the winter break. They will now have an easier task coming their way, as they will host Hannover on Saturday. Hannover are having a really bad season so far and are surely in for a ride here.
Date/Time: 1-26-2019, 09:30 EST
Spread: Hannover +2.25
Total: 3.5 Goals
Borussia Dortmund (14-1-3) sort of struggled in their return from the winter break last week, but did end up beating RB Leipzig by 1-0 on the road. Witsel took the lead at the 19th minute but they had to withstand some pressure in the second half in order to preserve their lead. Borussia Dortmund have now won six of their last seven matches in all competitions but kept just three clean sheets in that span. They are still sitting at the top of the Bundesliga with 45 points, six ahead of arch-rivals Bayern Munich. They have a stunning 8-0-1 record at home so far in the league but have kept just two clean sheets in their last seven home matches in all competitions.
On the other hand, Hannover (2-11-5) were awful in their last match and the winter break didn’t really help them. They hosted Werder Bremen in that match and were destroyed on both ends of the pitch. They were actually lucky to concede just that one goal, as their opponents pretty much dominated them. Hannover are now win-less in their last seven matches (0-5-2) and have only won twice all season. They are sitting at the 17th spot of the league table with 11 points, four below the red line. They have yet to win on the road (0-5-4), but have only failed to score once in ten away matches in all competitions. They have lost just two of their last five away matches (0-3-2) and conceded 11 goals in that span.
The two teams split the points in a goal-less draw in Hannover in the first round, while they exchanged home wins last season. Hannover won at home by 2-4 before falling by 0-1 in Dortmund, and that was their only win against this opponent in the last six (1-4-1).
Borussia Dortmund have been stunning as hosts against Hannover, having lost just once in the past decade (8-1-1). They have not been in very good shape after the winter break and could concede against an active Hannover attack. I will pick the visitors to cover the spread here, they can do it with some good focus.
Bundesliga Borussia Dortmund vs Hannover Prediction: Hannover +2.25 (-100)
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