Bundesliga

Lower Saxony rivals clash as Hannover host Wolfsburg

After stunning VfB Stuttgart last weekend to pick up a first win under Thomas Schaaf's stewardship, Hannover 96 will now seek to do more damage to VfL Wolfsburg's push for a European place on Tuesday night (20:00CET/19:00GMT).

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Schaaf's men had lost eight straight games when they stepped out at the Mercedes-Benz Arena on Saturday while their hosts had won the last four home matches and were - arguably - the Bundesliga's in-form side. Christian Schulz's brace secured all three points for Hannover, however, and though the 96ers remain bottom of the table, they now have hope.

Watch: reaction to Hannover's win in Stuttgart

Wolfsburg are, by contrast, safe from the drop, but can no longer aspire to match last season's point tally that saw them finish runners-up. With just one win in their last ten league outings, Dieter Hecking's side require a sharp upturn in fortunes and form to ensure they have a chance of returning to the UEFA Champions League next season by securing a top-four finish.

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