Hannover 96 and Stuttgart face each other in HDI-Arena, in a match for the 13th round of the Bundesliga. The record of direct matches played in this stadium indicates total balance between these two teams, since there were 3 draws and 1 win for each team in the last 5 matches. But the last time these two teams met at this stadium was on 14-05-2017, for the 2. Bundesliga, which ended with the victory of Hannover 96 by (1-0). F. Klaus (40 ‘) scored the only goal of the game. The condition home / away deserves particular attention, because despite this being a match between 7th and 11th of the league table, it is actually a match between the 9th ranked in home games and the 18th as a visitor.
The home team is currently in the 7 th position of the league, with 19 points won, after 5 wins, 3 draws and 4 losses. In the penultimate match, they lost in an away match against RB Leipzig, by (2-1). In the last match, they lost in an away match against Werder Bremen, by (4-0). This is a team little affected by the house factor, since it conquered similar results at home and abroad. In the last 5 home league matches Hannover 96 has a record of 3 wins, 1 draw and 1 loss, so they have won 10 points out of 15 possible. They have not been very strong defensively, since they have suffered goals in 8 of the last 10 matches, but their offense has scored frequently, since they have scored goals in 8 of the last 10 matches for this competition. In 12 matches in the competition, they suffered the first goal 5 times and only managed 1 comeback.
The Hannover 96 comes to this game with a heavy defeat on the grounds of Bremen, 4-0, adding the second slight followed in this competition. Despite this negative phase, the local coach must enter the field with a more offensive strategy, with the lines advanced, exploring in the best way the defensive weaknesses of Stuttgart. Martin Harnik is the best finisher of Hannover 96, with 5 goals scored. The technician André Breitenreiter can not count on Korb, Tshauner, Anton, Bech, Felipe and Prib, all injured.
The away team is currently in the 11 th position of the league, with 16 points won, after 5 wins, 1 draw and 6 losses. In the penultimate match, they lost in an away match against Hamburger SV, by (3-1). In the last match, they won in a home match against Borussia Dortmund, by (2-1). This is a stronger team in his stadium, where he has won 16 points, against only 0 in his away matches.
In this competition, he has lost the last 6 games away. They have not been very strong defensively, since they have suffered goals in 7 of the last 10 matches, but their offense has scored frequently, since they have scored goals in 7 of the last 10 matches for this competition. In 12 matches in this competition, he never got the comeback in the 6 games in which he suffered the first goal. In the last 9 away matches for all competitions there is 1 period that stands out: they have scored 3 of their 8 goals between minutes (61’-75 ‘).
Stuttgart come to this day with an excellent victory over Dortmund, 2-1, adding the following triumph in the last three games played in the championship: the goals were scored by Akolo and Brekalo. In this game coach Hannes Wolf must keep the team in a 3-5-2, benefiting the defensive organization and counterattacks, exploring in the best way the existing space in the defensive line of the opponent. Akolo is the player who deserves individual prominence in this formation, since he scored 4 goals. For this game the visiting coach can not count on Burnic, Mané, Kaminski and Zimmermann, players recovering from injury.
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