Hannover’s incredible start to the season looks set to continue in the right direction when they entertain newly promoted St Pauli on Friday night.
Online bookmakers are giving away free bets to new customers and cash back offers for the televised Bundesliga game between Hannover 96 and FC St Pauli at AWD-Arena.
Hannover narrowly escaped relegation at the end of last season but have made a flying start to the 2010/11 campaign to lie third in the Bundesliga after six games.
The Reds will be optimistic of adding another three points to their early season tally buoyed by last weeks away win at FCK following the shock 4-1 thumping they gave league leaders Werder Bremen 10 days ago.
Online bookmaker Stan James is offering 11/10 for Hannover to win the game with striker Mohammed Abdellaoue available at odds of 11/2 to score the first goal.
St Pauli are one of bookmaker’s favourites for relegation, but have made a decent start and are mid-divison with 7 points from six games.
Surprisingly, it’s their away form that is keeping St Pauli from the wrong end of the table having registered two away wins while picking up just one home point.
It’s that away form that has bookmakers showing caution and the best odds for St Pauli to win are 11/4, available with bet365.
Hannover are without Portuguese midfielder Carlitos who is unlikely to return before the end of the year.
Injuries to Mario Eggimann, Leon Andreasen, Altin Lala and Didier Ya Konan have the quartet sidelined for this fixture.
Former Chelsea striker Mikael Forssell now plies his trade with Hannover. He hasn’t hit the goalscoring vein that he achieved in his loan spell at Birmingham, just seven goals in 34 appearences for Hannover.
Bwin are offering the best odds of 13/5 for Forssell to make the score sheet, which would no doubt please many Blues fans in London and the Midlands.
St Pauli have Marcel Eger, Richard Sukuta-Pasu, Fabio Morena and Carsten Rothenbach missing from their matchday squad due to injuries.
Possible starting lineups:
HANNOVER 96: Fromlowitz, Schultz, Pogatetz, Haggui, Cherundolo, Rausch, Pinto, Schmiedebach, Stoppelkamp, Abdellauoe, Forssell
ST PAULI: Kessler, Oczipka, Thorandt, Zambrano, Lechner, Lehmann, Boll, Takyi, Naki, Hennings, Ebbers.