Borussia Dortmund have launched themselves out of that disappointing week which saw one point from a possible six and are now flying again. They’ll be looking for maximum points when they travel to Hannover on Sunday (4.30pm BST).
Dortmund may feel hard done by the penalty shout which saw Manchester City claw back a point in the Champions League meeting during the week. But Jurgen Klopp would have been extremely pleased with the explosive and, at times, irresistible performance of his German champions.
They were a class apart from the Premier League champions at the Etihad Stadium. Dortmund showed desire, attacking flair and it was the most impressive performance we’ve seen on English shores since Athletic Bilbao stunned Manchester United last season.
Dortmund looked to have matured greatly from the team who failed to make a mark in European football last season. They looked a far better collective unit than Manchester City and deserved so much more than to have two points taken away from them through a questionable refereeing decision.
Prior to the draw at Manchester City, they hosted Borussia Monchengladbach in the Bundesliga and fired their way to a 5-0 win. It was the sort of performance we’re used to seeing and it was a firm marker of intent that they’re not about to give up on their title crown just yet.
The goals flew in from the defence, midfield and forward positions, with Marco Reus picking up two goals against his old team. That’s three goals in two games for Reus this past week.
We’ve also seen the return of Sven Bender back into the line-up and into the midfield. It really has to be stressed just how important the player is to Dortmund and their success. He shields the defence incredibly well and allows the attacking players the freedom to stream ahead, with him as the safety net.
Sven Bender’s inclusion is another great boost to the side and Jurgen Klopp is now looking at a fully strengthened Dortmund squad.
They won’t be too concerned with Robert Lewandowski’s lack of goals so far this season. It was disappointing to see him miss such a fantastic chance against City during the week, but there’s definitely no doubting his talent and ability to come good.
The pleasant alternative is that compatriot Jakub Blaszczykowski is contributing significantly in front of goal this season. The Polish international has three goals and three assists in the league, one goal behind Marco Reus in the Bundesliga.
Hannover are in fifth in the league table at the moment but fell to a revitalised Hamburg in their last Bundesliga game. The match finished 1-0 to Hamburg, but Hannover won’t be troubled too much.
Their previous game saw them run out 4-1 winners over Nurnberg with striker Didier Ya Konan bagging two of the goals.
Mirko Slomka’s team finished seventh last season and did well to grab a Europa League spot. They’ll be relying on Ron-Robert Zieler in goal to ensure the score line stays respectable when Dortmund visit.
The goalkeeper is another one of the talented young German keepers coming through for this generation. He is certainly a player capable of challenging Manuel Neuer in the future.
Hannover v Borussia Betting Tips
I expect Dortmund to be too good for Hannover on the day. The champions are not the sort of team to feel any kind of hangover from a previous game, especially one which saw them outclass Manchester City. They’ll be fired up and determined to forge another unbeaten run.
- Borussia are a best price of 5/7 with Pinnacle Sports Bookmaker to win this game. My bet is for Dortmund to win 3-0 @ 14/1 with Blue Square, Ladbrokes or William Hill.
- Robert Lewandowski needs to find a goal and start a good run of scoring form. I’m backing him to be the first goalscorer @ 7/2 with SkyBet, Ladbrokes or Betfred.