Wolfsburg vs Hannover 96 Prediction, H2H, Preview, Lineups & Betting Tips
Wolfsburg vs Hannover 96 betting tips and predictions for Saturday afternoon’s Bundesliga encounter. After a short break for international football these Saturday Bundesliga afternoons are coming back as one of the intriguing clashes meets teams of Wolfsburg and Hannover 96. Both Lower Saxony sides will be keen to meet their own demands at the “Volkswagen Arena” in Wolfsburg where hosts must give their best effort to earn first home points after an opening day frustration – losing 0:3 to Borussia Dortmund. Read more about an upcoming Bundesliga fixture in our detailed match preview, analysis, free betting tips and predictions.
H2H History: Wolfsburg vs Hannover 96
Hannover 96 have not won over Wolfsburg in four matches since January 2014 – a 1:3 win in Wolfsburg. It has been followed by two draws and two wins of Wolfsburg, including a 0:4 victory in Hannover when the two sides last met in March 2016.
Overall record (28 Bundesliga games, 12 games in 2. Bundesliga, 1 DFB-Pokal match): 18 wins of Wolfsburg, 8 draws and 15 wins for the The Reds from Hannover.
H2H balance in the Bundesliga only: 28 games, 14 wins for Wolfsburg, 5 draws, 9 victories of Hannover 96.
Bundesliga: Wolfsburg vs Hannover 96 09.09.2017
The 2016/2017 Bundesliga season can be simply described as one of the worst in Wolfsburg’s history. “The Wolves” finished 16th and had to save their skin in a two-legged relegation playoff vs another Lower Saxony club – Eintracht Braunschweig. Their last campaign was a total disaster for another reason and that was fact they struggled to find the back of the opponents net, despite having a world class striker like Mario Gomez. Experienced German forward found part of his form in closing stages of the season under Andres Jonker’s leadership, as the latter will hope to avoid destiny of his predecessor Valerien Ismaël. Jonker leads Wolfsburg since end of February and so far he had a chance to spend some cash (around £45m) on the transfer market.
Hannover 96 are back to the German top flight just one year after their disappointing relegation at the end of season 2015/16. Hannover’s recent form should see them carefully optimistic ahead of Saturday, especially after the two opening matches against Mainz 05 and Schalke 04, where Andre Breitenreiter’s men achieved two narrow wins. This puts “The Reds” into top four alongside Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund and HSV.
Match Preview: Team News, Squads and Missing Players
As we stated Wolfburg invested some serious cash which clearly shows their determination to bounce back much stronger this season. Well, the 0:3 loss to BVB wasn’t the best possible beginning but last round’s 0:1 win over Eintracht in Frankfurt will surely boost them before round three.
Summer signings Ignacio Camacho and loanee Divock Origi are set to play as the former may start in the centre-back trio alongside Marcel Tisserand/Robin Knoche. That’s pretty much related with injury of another summer transfer John Anthony Brooks who is injured and will miss out, as well as Dutch defender Jeffrey Bruma and Polish winger Jakub Blaszczykowski.
Matchday update: Marcel Tisserand also got injured during international duty with DR Congo and will miss out. Youngster Felix Uduokhai will most likely replace him if Andries Jonker sticks to the 3-4-2-1 formation.
Divock Origi who landed in Wolfsburg on loan by Jürgen Klopp’s Liverpool can make his Bundesliga debut in an attacking trio next to Daniel Didavi, and of course – Mario Gomez.
Hannover also showed activity on the transfer market as the team had to strengthen its positions coming back from the 2. Bundesliga. The Reds have brought in Julian Korb from Borussia M’Gladbach, Pirmin Schewgler from Hoffenheim, and striker Jonathas from Rubin Kazan. Brazilian forward already scored a goal when Hannover won vs Schalke 04 last roundo so Jonathas challenges Niclas Füllkrug for his spot up front.
In the meantime Andre Breitenreiter must form his lineup without missing names of: captain Edgar Prib, left-back Miiko Albornoz, wingers Sarenren-Bazee and Uffe Bech, who are all injured. Newest signing Ihlas Bebou (coming from Fortuna Düsseldorf) is also a doubt.
Wolfsburg vs Hannover 96 Prediction and Betting Tips
Hannover 96 looked solid defensively so far and to be more specific there were “Under 2.5 Goals” in 12 of Hannover’s 14 matches since their unbeaten streak began in March (10 wins, 4 draws). Now they will try to put Wolfsburg under pressure as “The Wolves” were one of the worst home sides last year and their new home campaign didn’t had best possible start as well.
Considering most of these numbers remain in the 2016-17 season, we will open a new chapter for the new campaign and we expect something different here. Wolfsburg’s boss can rely on players who all have greater potential and their second home match this year should be a proper stage for a new face to show up. This may open some spaces for guests from Hannover who have scored in any of their last five visits to Wolfsburg.
Our betting prediction here goes on “Both teams to score & Over 2.5 Goals“.
Possible Lineups of Wolfsburg and Hannover 96
Venue: “Volkswagen Arena”, Wolfsburg.
Referee: Felix Zwayer.
VfL Wolfsburg: Koen Casteels – Robin Knoche, Ignacio Camacho, Felix Uduokhai – Yannick Gerhardt, Josuha Guilavogui, Maximilian Arnold, Paul Verhaegh – Daniel Didavi, Divock Origi – Mario Gomez. (3-4-2-1)
Hannover 96: Philipp Tschauner – Julian Korb, Felipe, Salif Sane, Matthias Ostrzolek – Waldemar Anton – Martin Harnik, Marvin Bakalorz, Pirmin Schwegler, Felix Klaus – Jonathas. (4-1-4-1)