Hannover vs Heidenheim by Gustav
Hannover didn't manage to get a victory last time out, as the team only drew away from home against Fortuna Dusseldorf 2:2 on Friday evening. They did however led twice, firstly with a goal from Karaman in 18th minute, but got equalized via Bebou at the start of the second halftime, just to see Felipe bringing them again into the lead in 61st, but Bortmuth leveled up the result five minutes later.
Overall, they looked like a better side and maybe even could score the third goal later on, even though Felipe got second yellow card and got excluded in 70th minute. Hannover remained undefeated for the fourth consecutive match, but now having the same number of points as fourth placed Heidenheim - which makes this game very important now. The team is five points behind leaders from Braunschweig and needs to continue with winning at least in front of own crowd - currently on a run of four victories in a row.
Central defender Felipe (4/1) is suspended for this match, as well as forward Felix Klaus (14/4). Injured is striker Artur Sobiech (11/2), while doubtful with very little chances to play remains forward Charlison Benschop who anyway didn't play so far in the season.
Heidenheim, on the other side, comes from a 2:0 victory at home over St Pauli last Saturday after noon, as the team completely deserved their three pointer and outplayed the opponent completely. They stood on the field as much more mature side and even though the visitors kept the ball more, players of Heidenheim explained them well that it's not about possession, but about things done on the field.
They took the lead in 20th minute with a goal from Schnatterer, left the ball to their opponents but were still much more concrete on the field and deserved the second goal towards the end of the game from a penalty kick taken by Schnatterer in 80th minute. After this victory, Heidenheim came to sharing the third position with twenty-five points earned together with Hannover and that's what makes this game very interesting - in case the team wants continue the battle for promotional positions. Injured remain central defender Kevin Kraus (8/0), plus central midfielder Martin Rasner (5/0).
Hannover remains much higher in my regards, especially when playing in front of own crowd. Heidenheim is doing well, maybe even over performing a bit right now, but away from home the team is nothing but a modest one, coming from two straight defeats. If Hannover shows anything close to their full potential, this will be their fifth consecutive home victory.