Both sides can be somewhat satisfied with the result from the first leg as it leaves the tie very much open, whereas the return leg is set to show whether the late winner scored by Eduardo Salvio will prove to be a decisive moment for the outcome of this clash.
Hannover continue to prove their fourth-place finish in the previous Bundesliga campaign was no accident and Mirko Slomka’s side now have an excellent opportunity to achieve a historic success.
The 96ers did really well in the first leg at Vicente Calderon and were very unlucky to lose the game after conceding a very late goal.
Nevertheless, the good showing in Madrid as well as the impressive victory over high-flying Borussia Moenchengladbach can give the team something to build on before the return leg.
With the players high on confidence after climbing to fifth in Bundesliga, odds of 3.10 (21/10) offered by William Hill on home win do look tempting.
Manuel Schmiedebach has resumed full training and he is in contention for a starting place, but Lars Stindl remains injury doubt.
Probable starting line-up (4-4-2): Zieler – Chrundolo, Eggimann, Pogatetz, Pander – Schlaudraff, Pinto, Schmiedebach, Rausch – Diouf, Konan.
Atletico Madrid somehow managed to create a narrow advantage before the return leg, but the 2-1 win cannot give them piece of mind before the match in Germany.
With their La Liga hopes still hanging in balance, los Colchoneros are determined to make the most of their European exploits and Europa League title would certainly help the team cope with the possible failure in the race for Champions League places.
The 3-0 victory over Getafe proved that los Rojiblancos are playing with a lot of confidence at the moment, but odds of 1.33 (1/3) offered by 188BET on Atletico to qualify do not represent a real value for money.
Having won five of seven away games in this year’s Europa League, Atletico Madrid will fancy their chances at AWD Arena in Hannover.
Juanfran, Gabi and Arda Turan are all unavailable through suspension, whereas Radamel Falcao Garcia could be rested.
Probable starting line-up (4-4-1-1): Courtois – Perea, Godin, Miranda, Filipe Luis – Koke, Mario, Tiago, Salvio – Diego – Adrian.