• This is the 50th Bundesliga meeting between the two teams. Against no other top-flight side have Hannover celebrated more wins than against Stuttgart (18, the same as against Frankfurt and Kaiserslautern).
  • 96 are unbeaten in their last six home games against VfB (W3, D3), whose last away win in Hannover was over seven years ago (2-1 in November 2006).
  • Hannover will avoid relegation if they secure a win against Stuttgart.
  • In a Bundesliga table representing only results since Stevens took over at Stuttgart, VfB would be in seventh place with 11 points from seven games.
  • VfB have collected seven points from their last three games – only Dortmund have claimed more (9). However, Stuttgart have collected just two points from their last eight away games.
  • Hannover have won their last two matches and are seeking their salvation in attack: 96 have had the most shots of all teams over the last two matchdays (47).
  • In Andre Hoffmann, who is out for the rest of the season, Edgar Prib and Leonardo Bittencourt (both have five yellow cards), Hannover have three players suspended.
  • In total, 96 have had 14 suspensions in 2013/14 (six sending-offs, eight yellow-card suspensions) – a league-high this season.
  • Three Stuttgart players were at Hannover last season; Karim Haggui, Konstantin Rausch and Mohammed Abdellaoue.
  • Christian Schulz could make his 300th Bundesliga appearance in the game against Stuttgart (103 games for Bremen and 196 for Hannover so far).
  • Tayfun Korkut was born in Stuttgart and coached VfB’s U19s in 2011/12. He took over as assistant manager of the Turkey national team in January 2012 though.
  • Martin Harnik has scored four goals in his last four games and, with 10 goals this season, is VfB’s top scorer along with Vedad Ibisevic.