Hannover 96 face a tough task to end a six-game losing streak when they travel to second-placed Borussia Dortmund on Saturday (kick-off: 15:30CET/14:30GMT).
Dortmund failed to take full advantage of a rare stumble by league leaders Bayern last weekend, as Thomas Tuchel's men were held to a 0-0 draw at Hertha Berlin, leaving an eight-point gap to the summit. With the champions away at local rivals FC Augsburg this weekend, Die Schwarz-Gelben will be looking to capitalise on any further slip-ups by beating the team currently propping up the division.
Hannover sit bottom because of defeats in each of the last six matches, including the first three under their new coach Thomas Schaaf. To prevent they situation from starting to look desperate, the 96ers need to do what no side has yet managed this season and win at the SIGNAL IDUNA PARK.
Dortmund completed their best-ever start to a Bundesliga season with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang on target twice in a comprehensive 4-2 victory in Lower Saxony to secure a ninth straight win in all competitions.
Matchday 21 - match facts
- Dortmund dropped their first points of 2016 in the capital last weekend, but remain the best side ever to be placed second after 20 Matchdays.
- Hannover have lost six games in a row for the first time in six years.
- With 14 defeats after 20 games, only one side in the history of the Bundesliga has ever avoided relegation: Hannover way back in 1971/72.
- Dortmund are unbeaten in 13 home games (12 wins, one draw).
- BVB scored at least twice in each of those 13 matches – another two or more on Saturday would equal a club record from 1980.
- Aubameyang has scored more goals alone this season (20) than the entire Hannover team (19).
- No other team has scored fewer than Die Roten's one goal so far in 2016.
- Schaaf has tasted defeat on his last seven visits to Dortmund.
- Dortmund won five of their last six games against Hannover, the only exception being a 1-0 defeat at the SIGNAL IDUNA PARK last season.
Dortmund: Bürki - Piszczek, Sokratis, Hummels, Schmelzer - Weigl - Gündogan, Castro - Mkhitaryan, Reus - Aubameyang
Absentees: Sahin (light training), Bender (tendon)
Hannover: Zieler - Sakai, Milosevic, Felipe, Prib - Gülselam, Schmiedebach, Sane - Karaman, Bech - Sobiech
Absentees: Kiyotake (foot), Andreasen (ankle), Benschop, Sorg, Klaus (all knee)