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Bundesliga

Struggling duo meet as Stuttgart head to Hannover

Hannover - Both Hannover 96 and VfB Stuttgart have made their worst-ever starts to a season, meaning Wednesday's encounter offers a chance to boost their own morale and deepen the other's troubles (kick-off 20:00 CEST/18:00 GMT).

Top facts

    Both clubs have made their worst-ever starts to a season: Hannover have a single point while Stuttgart are yet to open their account.Neither side have won since 23 May when they triumphed 2-1 over SC Freiburg and SC Paderborn 07 respectively to condemn their opponents to relegation (and save themselves).This is the first time this fixture has been played with both teams in the bottom three.Stuttgart have conceded a Bundesliga-high 13 goals, Hannover have let in 12, the second-highest tally (along with Borussia Mönchengladbach).The Swabians have not won in eight visits to Hannover. Their last victory came in November 2006 (1-2).Should Stuttgart taste defeat then they would equal the Bundesliga record set by Fortuna Düsseldorf in 1991/92, who lost the opening six matches. Borussia Mönchengladbach could do likewise as they host FC Augsburg.

Possible line-ups

Hannover: Zieler - Sakai, Marcelo, Schulz, Albornoz - Sorg, Sane, Karaman - Andreasen, Kiyotake - Sobiech

Absentees: Bech (suspended), Prib (ankle)

Stuttgart: Tyton - Klein, Sunjic, Baumgartl, Insua - Serey Die, Gentner - Didavi, Kostic - Werner, Ginczek

Absentees: Langerak (knee), Kruse (calf)

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