The Reds lost to league leaders FC Bayern München last time out and, depending on how they and the teams around them fare on Matchday 25, could find themselves even closer to the relegation mire by the time Borussia Dortmund come to town next weekend.
bundesliga.com previews this week's assignment at Gladbach...
Three points are vital to Gladbach's UEFA Champions League aspirations following third-placed Bayer 04 Leverkusen's 4-0 win over VfB Stuttgart. Hannover harboured European ambitions of their own at one point, but a dire run of form has instead seen them fall to within four points of the bottom three.
Defensive pair Alvaro Dominguez and Martin Stranzl, as well as FIFA World Cup-winning midfielder , are all raring to go after recovering from minor knocks. Head coach Lucien Favre says he will make a decision on right-back Julian Korb at the end of Saturday's training session.
Andre Hofmann returned to team training this week after a lengthy lay-off but isn't quite match-fit. Leonardo Bittencourt and club captain Lars Stindl are suspended, with left-sided specialist set to come into the side following last weekend's 3-1 defeat at home to Bayern.
Famed for his no-nosense approach in the tackle and rocket-propelled left boot, has been one of the Foals' standout players this term. The Swiss international has formed a formidable partnership alongside Kramer in front of the back four, with only FC Bayern conceding fewer goals all season.
has been one of few positives for the Reds since the turn of the year. The 29-year-old Frenchman showed his class against league leaders Bayern by assisting the 96ers' goal and, along with Hiroshi Kiyotake, will once again be expected to shoulder the creative burden.
Favre: "We'll need to put in a good performance. Teams in a situation like this are especially dangerous - we know that from personal experience. Last year we didn’t win any of our first seven games of the Rückrunde. Fine margins make the difference and it's the same for Hannover."
Tayfun Korkut (head coach): "We're confident and we've got a good opportunity to go there and get something from the game. It will be important to get a good result to give us all a lift. We'll be up against a team that has some great individual players."
Despite extending their unbeaten league run to four, Gladbach will have been kicking themselves after letting a two-goal lead slip in last week's 2-2 draw with 1. FSV Mainz 05. Hannover buckled under the pressure against Bayern after taking an early lead and have now gone eight league games without a win.
Hannover lost 3-0 win in last season's corresponding fixture and went down 3-0 on home soil earlier in the current campaign. In the last ten years, the two sides have picked up eight wins apiece and two draws.
Gladbach: Sommer - Korb, Stranzl, Jantschke, Wendt - Kramer, G. Xhaka - Herrmann, Hazard - Raffael - M. Kruse
Hannover: Zieler - Joao Pereira, Marcelo, C. Schulz, Albornoz - Schmiedebach, S. Sane - Briand, Kiyotake, Prib - A. Sobiech