bundesliga.com runs the rule over Sunday's early top-flight encounter...
Hosts Mainz will be aiming to use their first home Bundesliga game of the season to get their campaign back on track. After having to rescue a point against SC Paderborn 07 on Matchday 1, Coface Arena regulars will be expecting things to pick up. For Hannover, meanwhile, it's a case of consolidation. Tayfun Korkut's men are aiming to build on their excellent opening day win over FC Schalke 04 and rectify one of last season's biggest issues: picking up points on the road.
New Spanish signing Jairo will have to wait to make his Bundesliga debut for the club, but it's conceivable that the all-action Chilean Gonzalo Jara (pictured) is given the nod to start at right-back ahead of Stefan Bell. Otherwise, it's likely to be a similar side to the one that salvaged a draw in Paderborn, with Johannes Geis pulling the strings in midfield and Shinji Okazaki up front on his own.
After an eye-catching performance against Schalke on Matchday 1, Joselu (pictured) will again feature up top for die Roten. Hiroshi Kiyotake's creativity could prove vital in midfield, particularly after news of Edgar Prib and Lars Stindl's injuries. Korkut may opt to bring in Marius Stankevicius at centre-half, whose physicality will help to counter the threat of Okazaki.
It is hard to look beyond Okazaki (pictured left with Julian Baumgartlinger) when discussing Mainz's hopes this season. The Japanese international striker, who opened his account with the opening goal in Paderborn, will have to reproduce something similar to his 2013/14 haul of 15 goals if Mainz are to achieve anything comparable to last season's lofty seventh-place finish.
After enjoying a superb 2012/13 campaign with 1. FC Nürnberg, attacking midfielder Kiyotake (pictured) dropped off as the Franconians were relegated last year. The pre-season signs have been promising for the 24-year-old, however, after a close-season move to Hannover. His creativity will prove useful in trying to break down a Mainz defence containing FIFA World Cup stars Jara and Junior Diaz.
Kasper Hjulmand: "The team is working hard every day on the training ground and developing. Our biggest challenge now is to put this into practice on the pitch.
Tayfun Korkut: "We've got to go right to the limit against Mainz. We've prepared very intensively for this match."
A 2-1 win over Schalke on Matchday 1 meant Hannover started the season with a bang. They also progressed serenely into the next round of the DFB Cup and have quietly enjoyed an impressive introduction to the season. Mainz have taken time adapting to the methods of new coach Hjulmand, and are already out of the Europa League and the DFB Cup. Their last-gasp equaliser against Paderborn, however, may just have been the bit of luck they needed to kick-start their season.
Mainz haven't lost to Hannover on home soil since 2010, and most recently enjoyed a 2-0 win on Valentine's Day 2014. Hannover, however, prevailed 4-1 at the HDI Arena last August, but endured a hopeless away record in 2013/14, losing 12 of their seventeen league matches on the road last term. Korkut will be hoping his team can buck that particular trend on Sunday.
1. FSV Mainz 05: Karius - Jara, Noveski, Bungert, Park - Geis, Baumgartlinger - Malli, Koo, Djuricic - Okazaki
Hannover 96: Zieler - Sakai, Stankevicius, Marcelo, Pander - Schmiedebach, Andreasen - Kiyotake, Bittencourt, Albornoz - Joselu