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
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