Hannover 96 seek to arrest their slide towards Bundesliga 2 when they play host to an 1. FC Köln side who are not safe yet either this Saturday (kick-off 15:30CET/14:30GMT).
Hannover succumbed to their tenth defeat in their last 11 games on Matchday 25, but where there is a will there is a way and their coach Thomas Schaaf told NDR television that he still believes his side can stay up. "Of course it doesn't look very good at the moment, but I accepted this challenge with Hannover knowing how big it was and everything is still possible," he said.
Köln cannot count themselves out of the relegation equation just yet, especially since a rare home defeat means they now need to start looking at picking up points away from home. Saturday's trip to Lower Saxony could be an ideal opportunity to banish any fears of being dragged into danger.
Goals: 0-1 Andreasen (38')
Leon Andreasen scored the only goal of the game as Hannover picked up all three points and brought an end to Köln's 14-game unbeaten streak at home.
Matchday 26 – match facts
- Hannover have lost ten of their last 11 Bundesliga matches.
- Köln have picked up just a single point from their last four games.
- These two sides would be sitting 17th and 18th when considering only their results from 2016, with Hannover bottom.
- Hannover have lost ten of their 12 home games this season, which is already their fourth-worst season in Bundesliga history, with five home games still to be played.
- They have lost their last five in a row at home – a sixth would be a new club record.
- Köln have lost just one of their last seven away games, but five of those have been draws.
- Hannover have won six of their last seven home games against Köln.
- Hannover's last three goals all came from set-pieces; their last goal from open play came on Matchday 18.
- Thomas Schaaf will sit on the bench in the Bundesliga for the 522nd time, joining Udo Lattek in fourth place on the all-time list of coach appearances.
Hannover: Zieler - Sakai, Milosevic, Schulz, Sorg - Gülselam, Sane - Karaman, Kiyotake, Fossum - Hugo Almeida
Absentees: Andreasen (ankle), Benschop (groin), Bech (muscular)
Köln: Horn - Sörensen, Mavraj, Heintz, Hector - Lehmann, Gerhardt - Risse, Mladenovic - Bittencourt - Modeste
Absentees: Zoller (muscular), Maroh (suspended)