Defeat is not an option for either side when floundering Eintracht Frankfurt entertain basement boys Hannover 96 on Saturday evening (18:30CET/17:30GMT).

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Niko Kovac was unable to stem the tide on his debut as Frankfurt head coach as the Eagles' winless run stretched to eight matches with defeat at Borussia Mönchengladbach last time out. Eintracht are hovering precariously at present and only sit above the automatic relegation places on goal difference, albeit still six points ahead of 18th-in-the-table Hannover.

Watch: Gladbach 3-0 Frankfurt highlights

The Reds put up little resistance in defeat to 1. FC Köln on Matchday 26 and are now in real danger of being cast adrift at the foot of the standings, having won only one and lost seven of their eight Bundesliga matches since the turn of the year.

Watch: Hannover 0-2 Köln highlights

History

Matchday 10 rewind: Hannover 1-2 Frankfurt

Goals: 1-0 Klaus (51'), 1-1 Stendera (57'), 1-2 Stendera (65')

Marc Stendera scored twice in eight minutes as Frankfurt came from behind to beat Hannover 2-1 at the HDI Arena.

Watch: match highlights

Matchday 27 - match stats

  • Every Bundesliga club that has suffered 19 defeats after 26 games, like Hannover have, has been relegated.
  • Hannover have lost eight of their nine games under Thomas Schaaf.
  • Frankfurt on are on the longest winless run in the division (eight matches).
  • Eintracht failed to register a single first-half shot on goal for the first time in last weekend's defeat to Gladbach.
  • Frankfurt's Constant Djakpa and Stefan Aigner made their first appearances of 2016 at Gladbach, while Slobodan Medojevic was handed his first start.
  • The Eagles covered 117.6 kilometres against Gladbach - four more than their hosts and more than in any other game they have been involved in this season.

Possible line-ups

Frankfurt: Hradecky - Regäsel, Abraham, Russ, Djakpa - Reinartz - Medojevic, Hasebe - Seferovic, Fabian - Castaignos

Absentees: Anderson (knee), Flum (knee), Meier (knee)

Hannover: Zieler - Sakai, Milosevic, Schulz, Sorg - Schmiedebach, Sane - Karaman, Kiyotake, Fossum - Szalai

Absentees: Andreasen (ankle), Benschop (groin), Bech (muscular)

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