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.



Matchday 7 rewind: Wolfsburg 1-1 Hannover

Goals: 1-0 Dost (40'), 1-1 Kiyotake (57')

Hannover earned only their second point of the campaign after fighting back to claim a draw in the first Lower Saxony derby of the season on Matchday 7.

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  • Hannover have lost 16 games already this term, one more than they did in the entire 2014/15 campaign.
  • Die Roten's strikes against Stuttgart brought to an end a run of four Bundesliga games without a goal.
  • Hannover's victory also ended a streak of eight consecutive defeats, meaning Schaaf’s side avoided equalling the club record for successive losses.
  • Schulz's brace against Stuttgart last Saturday was only his second in the Bundesliga. His first came in a 2-1 win over MSV Duisburg in September 2007.
  • Matchday 23's defeat to FC Bayern was Koen Casteels' first loss in nine competitive outings (W5, D3) for Wolfsburg this season.
  • Wolfsburg cannot now match last season's tally of 69 points, which was good enough to see them finish runners-up to champions FC Bayern. München.
  • The Wolves have won just one - the 2-0 triumph over FC Ingolstadt 04 on Matchday 21 - of their last ten Bundesliga games, losing five of those matches.
  • Wolfsburg would be second-bottom of the table on five points, ahead only of Hannover on three points, if the season had started on Matchday 18.

Possible line-ups

Hannover: Zieler – Sakai, Sane, Schulz, Sorg – Hoffmann – Fossum, Wolf , Kiyotake, Yamaguchi – Karaman

Absentees: Benschop (knee), Bech (hip), Andreasen (ankle), Almeida (suspended), Szalai (light training)

Wolfsburg: Casteels – Träsch , Knoche, Dante, Rodriguez – Gustavo – Vieirinha, Draxler, Arnold, Schäfer – Kruse

Absentees: Dost (foot), Ascues (knee), Jung (knee), Naldo (shoulder), Caligiuri (light training), Guilavogui (hip)

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