Köln come to Hannover
On Saturday, Hannover 96 will host FC Köln at the HDI Arena (15:30 CET). The Reds will be hoping to pick up their first home win of the year against Effzeh. We have rounded up all of the important facts ahead of matchday 26.
- Since their promotion in 2002 the 96ers have won two-thirds of their fixtures against Köln (seven out of 15).
- Köln’s last win against Hannover was on 16th October 2011 – Lukas Podolski scored a brace in a 2-0 home win.
- In the last four games against the visitors from Niedersachsen, Köln have only managed to score twice against the Reds and never more than one per game.
- The last eight times that Köln have played in Hannover they have scored. The last time they didn’t was in a 3-0 loss on 21st May 1988.
- As a head coach Thomas Schaaf has only lost three of his 18 Bundesliga games against the Effzeh (eleven wins, four draws).
- Assistant coaches Wolfgang Rolff and Mathias Hönerbach were at one time players for FC Köln.
- Ron-Robert Zieler was born in Köln and played in their youth sides until he moved to Manchester United in 2005.
- Leonardo Bittencourt played from 2013 until 2015 for Hannover (57 Bundesliga games, five goals and nine assists).
- Hannover will be without: Andreasen (Swelling from an ankle problem), Felipe (groin injury), Bech (Fitness training since muscle strain) and Benschop (Knee operation and pubic bone problem).
- Köln will be without: Maroh (Suspension from picking up five yellow cards) and Zoller (thigh muscle strain).
Battle of the day
Leonardo Bittencourt and Kenan Karaman will be in focus after they both bagged goals last week. The ex-96er scored his first goal for Köln last week against Schalke, While Karaman scored Hannover’s consolation in their 4-1 loss to Werder Bremen.
The Reds have only managed one win in their last five attempts as beating VfB Stuttgart 2-1. During the same period Köln have only managed to collect one point more, winning 3-1 against Eintracht Frankfurt and drawing 1-1 with Ingolstadt.
A strong home record
The Reds are not only unbeaten in their last four fixtures against Köln, winning their first meeting this season 1-0, they have also won the last three home games against the Effzeh. One game Hannover fans will fondly remember is the home match against FC Köln in the 2011/2012 season, when the Reds ran out 4-1 winners and strengthened their grip on their Europa league place. This time they will hope that they can get a win and get themselves a step closer to staying in the Bundesliga.
Hannover 96: Zieler - H. Sakai, Milosevic, C. Schulz, Sorg - Gülselam, S. Sané - Karaman, Kiyotake, Fossum - Hugo Almeida
FC Köln: Horn - Sörensen, Mavraj, Heintz, Hector - M. Lehmann, Gerhardt - Risse, Mladenovic - Bittencourt - Modeste