Hanover - There is more than just Northern pride at stake when winless Hannover 96 welcome out-of-sorts SV Werder Bremen to the HDI Arena on Saturday afternoon (kick-off: 15:30 CEST/13:30 GMT).

History

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Top facts

  • The return of two points from seven games is the worst in Hannover 96's club history.

  • Werder come into this local rivalry after three straight defeats, the only side in the Bundesliga not to have taken a point in that time frame.

  • For the first time in nine season, Hannover have spent two consecutive Matchdays glued to the foot of the standings.

  • While for years Werder held the upper hand in the rivalry, between 2010 and 2014 Hannover finished above their age-old rivals.

  • Since Viktor Skripnik took over last October, die Grün-Weißen have picked up 46 points from 32 games. By way of contrast, Hannover have secured 29 over the same period.

Possible line-ups

Hannover: Zieler - Sakai, Marcelo, Schulz, Sorg - Schmiedebach, Sané - Andreasen, Karaman - Kiyotake - Sobiech

Absentees: Benschop (groin), Prib (ankle)

Bremen: Wiedwald - Gebre Selassie, Lukimya, Vestergaard, S. Garcia - Fritz, Fröde, Junuzovic, Öztunali - Ujah, Bartels

Absentees: Wolf (hip), Bargfrede (suspended), Yildirim (knee), Johannsson (groin), Lorenzen (knee), Kroos (thigh)