A second-half comeback from the Reds wrestled a point away from their Dutch counterparts when these two faced-off in September, but while Hannover have gone from strength to strength since then, Twente are yet to taste success on the European stage this season.
Schlaudraff: "Can't let our focus slip"
Mirko Slomka's side are currently sitting pretty at the top of Group L and with two home wins to their name, both by a single-goal margin, are thus far undefeated in the competition. Last year's quarter-finalists could all but guarantee themselves a first-place finish with victory on Thursday, but head coach Slomka may well take the opportunity to rotate his starting line-up. "Finishing top of our group is certainly an interesting target, not least because it allows you to play at home in the second leg of the knockout stages," stated the 45-year-old: "That's one very good reason to send out a strong team."
Hannover's top scorer Mame Biram Diouf (muscle problems) will be rested with a view to the weekend fixture against FC Bayern Munich, while Manuel Schmiedebach and Adrian Nikci are set to step in for Szabolcs Huszti and the suspended Lars Stindl respectively. Jan Schlaudraff, who has, at times, been the driving force behind Hannover's form, has been quick to warn his teammates not to underestimate their Dutch opponents. "For them this match is perhaps the last chance to keep their hopes of finishing second alive, so we can't let our focus slip at all."
Hannover: Zieler - Cherundolo, Eggimann, Haggui, Pander - Schmiedebach, da Silva Pinto, Nikci - Schlaudraff - Abdellaoue, Sobiech
Twente: Mihaylov - Schilder, Rosales, Bengtsson, Braafheid - Fer, Janssen, Brama - Cabral - Tadic, Castaignos