Hertha Berlin v Hannover is a fixture that was played as late as the 15.03.2014. Hertha opened well, but could not convert. Hannover always looked dangerous on the counter, and capitalized on the lack of scoring from Ramos (now with Dortmund) who had a bad day at the office that day. Hannover won 3-0 in the end.

Last season Hannover ended one point above Hertha Berlin in the Bundesliga standings and I expect it to be close again. Hertha Berlin has been able to replace the goals of Ramos from several sources. Ronny, Schieber who came from Dortmund, Ben Hatira and Kalou who transferred from Lille have banged in the goals. Schieber and Ben Hatira is likely to not play here. It is probably to early fro Schultz also to play. Ronny should be ready though. I would be more worried about the defense if I were coach Luhukay.

Hannover hasn’t produced much going forward, but they are a decent side. They deserved the win against Frankfurt last match day and they can now boast a 2 game streak as they beat Dortmund before that in the Bundesliga. They defend well! Like Hertha they have no new injuries/suspensions. However Andersen, Albornoz and Pander sit out. I think they should be able to cope with that.

This game is likely to resemble the game in March. Hertha Berlin will have to take the game to Hannover. Hannover will counter! They’ve really shown they can do that this season while at the same time being water tight at the back. Dortmund and Frankfurt are attack minded sides, yet they couldn’t break down Hannover. If they could not, why should Hertha? At the same time against a shaky defense like the one of Hertha I think Hannover is likely to score. Possibly twice!

I have no hesitation taking Hannover +0.25 at the inflated price of 2.21 with Pinnacle.

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