If we discount friendlies, Hannover has conceded 61 goals in 35 matches this season (on average 1.7 goals per game). Their defense is porous. After the 1-3 loss in the first leg, the Lower Saxons have to score at least two goals, thus opening room for Anzhi’s dangerous counter-attacks.
At home Hannover is a much better team, usually scoring at ease with their dangerous strikers Diouf, Abdellaoue, and Ya Konan. Even though the stadium will not be sold out and the fans seem to be more interested in the upcoming clash with rival Hamburg, the home support is important for the team. After the good result in Nuernberg, Hannover is confident that they can score at least two goals in this match.
Anzhi prepared in Spain for this second leg. Defensive midfieler Yuri Zhirkov is suspended, but Lacina Traoré, who missed the first leg, is available and could cause some problems for the Saxons’ defnsse. Of course, Eto’o will play as well. It’s will be a few goals but Anzhi will not lose tonight.