With a third of the 2015/16 season done and dusted, bundesliga.com is checking in with all 18 clubs to see where they are at after 12 matches.
For Hannover 96, avoiding relegation is once again the primary objective...
The story so far
Memories of last season's dramatic dice with the drop lingering like a bad smell, Hannover fans must have been fearing the worst when the Reds followed up their opening-day draw at promoted SV Darmstadt 98 with a miserable five-match losing run. "We told you so!" the experts cried, before Michael Frontzeck's charges lifted the gloom by picking up ten points from their next six matches (W3, D1, L2), clambering off the bottom to 15th.
- 75 per cent of Hannover's clear-cut chances have resulted in goals.
- Only FC Augsburg have scored a higher proportion of goals from set pieces than Hannover.
- Only FC Schalke 04 have scored more goals from corners (four) than Hannover (two).
As if losing talismanic captain Lars Stindl to Borussia Mönchengladbach was not bad enough, Hannover had to start the season without the services of injured playmaker Hiroshi Kiyotake. Fortunately, once he found full match fitness following a metatarsal break, the Japan international was effectively like a new signing. Since registering an assist in the 3-1 defeat to VfB Stuttgart on Matchday 6, the 25-year-old has had a direct hand in six of the Reds' last seven goals.
Most memorable quote
"I'll get it in the neck from the wife if we end up back at the monastery."
Hannover captain Christian Schulz speaking after the Matchday 8 win over SV Werder Bremen, the preparations for which included a midweek training camp and stay at a converted monastery.
AS Monaco loanee Allan Saint-Maximin made all the right impressions during pre-season, but has since spent most of his time warming the substitutes' bench. That said, while the 18-year-old French winger still only has 211 minutes of Bundesliga action under his belt, it was his second-half introduction in the northern derby at Hamburger SV on Matchday 11 that helped Hannover turn the game on its head and come away with a 2-1 win.
Take a closer look at how Hannover have managed to put a welcome glimmer of daylight between themselves and the bottom three courtesy of our .