- Hannover welcome Gladbach to the HDI Arena in Matchday 30's opener.
- The visitors are looking for a first away win since October.
- Hosts Hannover are nine points adrift at the bottom with five games to play.
Without a win on the road since October, Borussia Mönchengladbach travel to Hannover 96 in Matchday 30's opener on Friday night looking to remedy poor away form and re-ignite their top-four push (kick-off: 20:30CEST/18:30GMT).
Gladbach were disappointing in slipping to a 1-0 defeat at FC Ingolstadt 04 on Matchday 29, and have lost each of the last three games on the road. That said, a trip to struggling Hannover could prove the perfect tonic for Andre Schubert's fifth-placed side, who are looking to cut the three-point gap to Bayer 04 Leverkusen in fourth.
Hannover picked up only their second positive result of the Rückrunde last time out, secured a hard-fought 2-2 draw at Hertha Berlin in new coach Daniel Stendel's first game in charge. While survival looks a distant possibility, a win on Friday would be the perfect way to celebrate the club's 120th birthday, which took place this week.
Matchday 13 rewind: Gladbach 2-1 Hannover
Borussia Mönchengladbach stretched their unbeaten streak to eight games courtesy of a 2-1 win over struggling Hannover 96 at the BORUSSIA-PARK.
Matchday 30 - match stats
- Gladbach have already lost six times in the second half of the season - as many times as the entirety of the first half.
- New Hannover coach Daniel Stendel picked up a positive result in his first game in charge of the Lower Saxony side; it took his predecessor Thomas Schaaf six games to manage that.
- Hannover have lost the last seven home games. Tasmania Berlin and Hansa Rostock (eight each) have the Bundesliga's worst run.
- The Foals, however, have only taken two of a possible 24 points from the last eight games on the road.
- The 96ers have lost six of the last seven games against Gladbach.
- Lars Stindl joined Borussia from Hannover in summer 2015. The attacking midfielder scored 19 goals in 131 games for Die Roten.
- Hannover have conceded the most goals from crosses this season (ten); Gladbach have conceded nine, the second most.
Hannover: Zieler - Sakai, Milosevic, Schulz, Albornoz - Schmiedebach, Sane - Sarenren-Bazee, Kiyotake, Karaman - Sobiech
Absentees: Andreasen (ankle), Prib (thigh), Yamaguchi (nose), Benschop (light training), Bech (knock), Almeida (back)
Coach: Daniel Stendel
Gladbach: Sommer - Elvedi, Christensen, Jantschke - Dahoud, Nordtveit - Johnson, Wendt - Stindl - Hazard, Raffael
Absentees: Dominguez (back), Schulz (knee), Xhaka (suspended)
Coach: Andre Schubert