• Sandhausen drew three of their last five league games.
  • Sandhausen and Hannover drew 1-1 when they met earlier this season.
  • Sandhausen drew 50% of their 14 home fixtures so far this term.
  • Hannover were beaten in just one of their last eight games.

Sandhausen aiming to close the gap

Sandhausen will start Saturday’s game at the BWT-Stadion am Hardtwald five places below Hannover, though a win for the hosts would draw them level on points with their opponents in a congested 2. Bundesliga middle section.

Uwe Koschinat’s men prepared for their latest test with a hard fought 1-0 win at second from bottom Wehen – a result that allowed Sandhuasen to add three points to the one they secured at home to Jahn Regensburg just a few days earlier.

That draw on their own patch against Regensburg was in keeping with the habit Sandhausen have developed for picking up points in singles at home in 2019/20.

Sandhausen draw specialists

In total, they have drawn 50% of the 14 league games they have contested on home turf since August, including four of their last five matches there, while their return of four ties from their last nine away contests suggests their drawing habit is creeping into their away games too.

Fittingly, Sandhausen also drew 1-1 with Hannover when the sides met in last year’s reverse meeting at the HDI Arena – an outcome we think is the likeliest event in Saturday’s rematch.

Hannover shared the spoils in their own mid-week assignment at home to Karlsruhe, though the relatively disappointing result did at least allow them to stretch their unbeaten run to four matches.

A point each likely

Hannover have been moving steadily towards the top half of the 2. Bundesliga table, and another point at Sandhausen, who were beaten just three times in 14 matches at the BWT-Stadion am Hardtwald this term, would be seen as another useful one.

In the teams’ last encounter, they looked as well matched as their respective current points totals of 33 and 36 suggests they should, and having finished level in each of their last three head-to-heads, we think there is every chance they will cancel each other out again on Saturday.

Alongside our draw forecast, our correct score prediction settles on a 1-1 draw. Sandhausen are averaging just 1.21 goals per 90 minutes at home this season, though they are shipping exactly the same number at the other end per game on average. Each of their last two tussles with Hannover finished 1-1 and the latest contest between them this weekend can follow suit.

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