Freiburg - The final Bundesliga match of the calendar year promises to be a veritable cracker, as an SC Freiburg side in dire need of three points host Hannover 96, on the rise under Tayfun Korkut and aiming to establish themselves amongst the European elite (kick-off 16:30 GMT/ 17:30 CET). looks ahead to the last game of the 2014/15 Hinrunde in the Black Forest...

A five-match winless run, coupled, with SV Werder Bremen's 2-1 win over Borussia Dortmund, means Christian Streich's Freiburg go into the contest bottom of the standings. As for Hannover, firmly established in upper mid-table, three points could be vital for a European push come January.

Freiburg's 2-0 defeat to FC Bayern München on Matchday 16 was overshadowed by personnel worries, but the situation has since improved. Vladimir Darida, Jonathan Schmid and Mike Frantz, all of whom missed the loss at the Allianz Arena, are available again, although Oliver Sorg (pictured) and Philipp Zulechner are injured.

It has been a bad end to an outstanding 2014 for Hannover centre-half Christian Schulz (pictured). The 31-year-old hadn't missed a single league game for die Roten until back problems kept him out of Matchday 16. He is not fit for the trip to Freiburg, and Salif Sane, who scored in the 2-0 win over FC Augsburg, should start.

With a third of Freiburg's goals this season, Vladimir Darida (pictured) is essential to his side's hopes of avoiding the drop and the return of the Czech international bolsters the hosts' chances of three points immeasurably, despite the 24-year-old failing from the penalty spot against Hamburger SV on Matchday 15.

One man has been key to Hannover's rise to eighth in the league. Korkut's side have only outscored five other teams this season, but Spanish striker Joselu has proved a shrewd acquisition with six of Hannover's 19 goals, including four in his last four games. His penalty in the 2-0 win over Augsburg was coolly taken.

Christian Streich, Freiburg head coach (pictured): "We're going to go into the game with courage and passion and we'll give everything for a positive result."

Tayfun Korkut, Hannover head coach: "A win in Freiburg would be the cherry on the cake."

Without a win since Matchday 11, Freiburg have also conceded nine times since that home win over FC Schalke 04. Hannover, on the other hand, ended a four-match winless run by beating Augsburg 2-0 at the HDI Arena in midweek, keeping a clean sheet for the first time since Matchday 11.

Matchday 17 of the 2013/14 Bundesliga season saw Freiburg welcome Hannover in similarly dire straits. A brace from Admir Mehmedi (pictured) secured a 2-1 win and lifted Freiburg out of the relegation zone. By the time Hannover won 3-2 on home soil in May, Streich's side were safe in 14th, securing survival for another campaign.

Possible line-ups:

SC Freiburg:
Bürki - Riether, Torrejon, Kempf, C. Günter - Schuster, Höfler - Klaus, Schmid, Darida - Mehmedi

Hannover 96: Zieler - H. Sakai, Marcelo, Sané, Albornoz - Schmiedebach, Hirsch - Briand, Stindl, Kiyotake - Joselu

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