Hanover - The pressure is on for Hannover 96 as they attempt to overcome a 3-1 first-leg deficit against Russian outfit FC Anji Makhachkala in Thursday's UEFA Europa League Round of 32 second leg (kick-off 21:05 CET).

Mirko Slomka therefore intends to go on the front foot against the nouveau-riche Russians, who currently sit in second place in their domestic standings.

"We'll take our chances"

"We'll have to take our chances going forward," said Slomka, who hinted in the pre-match press conference that he might start three strikers in Mohammed Abdellaoue, Didier Ya Konan and Mame Diouf.

Abdellaoue, who earned his first start since November in last weekend's 2-2 draw at 1. FC Nuremberg, demanded a "brave performance. We're expected to give our all".

Anji's outstanding attack

Hannover will be hoping to confirm the strong form they have shown at the AWD Arena this season - the 96ers have collected 23 of their 30 domestic points on home turf and lost just one of 13 European encounters there to date.

Much will also depend on the Reds' defensive showing against Anji. The Lower Saxony side have conceded the second-most goals (41) in the Bundesliga this term and, with the likes of Ivory Coast international Lacina Traore, Brazilian trickster Willian and the formidable Samuel Eto'o making up the Makhachkala frontline, will be worked to the maximum in their efforts to keep a clean sheet.