Wolfsburg v Hannover Betting Tips: Visitors not to be written off at Volkswagen Arena

18:59, 08 sep 2017

Since regaining their Bundesliga status, it’s been a pleasing couple of weeks for Hannover. Two games in and André Breitenreiter’s side still have their 100% record intact, while they’re also yet to concede a goal. Quite frankly, things couldn’t have gone much better for Die Roten on their return to the big time and they will very much be looking to keep things going strong here.

On the face of it, Wolfsburg have also made an OK start to proceedings as they’ve taken three points from their opening two fixtures. There was no real shame in losing to the fast-starting Dortmund on match-day one, while they bounced back to beat Frankfurt last time out, though, that win was anything but straightforward, nor was it convincing. Having narrowly avoided the drop last season, Wolfsburg haven’t exactly come flying out of the traps this term and so it’s fair to say that, of the two, it is Hannover who’ve been by far the better side during the early weeks of this campaign.

Given what we’ve seen from these two so far, it is quite strange to see the hosts priced as such warm favourites. They’re at home, but this certainly isn’t the Wolfsburg of old and so a price of 5/6 to win against an in-form side seems somewhat unjust. There probably isn’t anyone out there who fancies either of these two teams with the greatest conviction, after all, they’ve scored just three goals between them so far. A glut of goals doesn’t seem all that likely and, in all honesty, a low-scoring game is expected to present itself. On that basis, it would be reasonable to arrive at ‘Under 2.5 Goals’ as a viable bet, but, unfortunately, such thinking has very much been factored into a price of 8/11 on that selection. However, at 9/4, ‘Hannover Draw No Bet’ makes plenty of appeal.

We may only be two matches in but there’s plenty to like about the way Hannover have set their stool out this season. Against two teams who like to get forward in Mainz and Schalke, Breitenreiter’s men did a good job of keeping things tight before poaching a winner at the other end. Admittedly they haven’t offered too much in the way of forward penetration; however, when your style is inviting teams on prior to hitting on the counter, that’s not too much of a problem. They’re yet to concede a goal, which in itself isn’t all that impressive, but the fact that they managed to limit two forward-thinking teams in terms of chances certainly is. What’s more, the visitors have so far conceded one of the lowest totals in terms of shots against. Such defensive solidity bodes well against a team who are yet to offer much of a forward threat.

With Wolfsburg playing in front of a home crowd, the onus will be on them to attack, but this could be a problem for two reasons. Firstly, Hannover will be set up to strike on the counter, and, secondly, Wolfsburg, as they were last season, still appear to be lacking in forward quality. We all know that Mario Gomez is a goal-scorer, but relying on the veteran to continuously come up with the goods might not work on a regular basis, while other attacking players such as Younes Malli and Daniel Didavi are yet to really prove their worth in a green shirt.

Having been somewhat fortunate to remain in the division after struggling last term, even though there’s a hell of a lot of football left to be played this time around, the early signs don’t look great for Die Wölfe. All things considered, at the prices, and with the insurance of money back in the event of a draw, it makes plenty of sense to get behind the visitors at the Volkswagen Arena on Saturday afternoon.

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