• Nürnberg squandered a three-goal lead for the first time in their Bundesliga history during the meeting earlier this season (3-3 draw). As a result, Hannover are undefeated in their last six matches against FCN (W4, D2), who last beat 96 in December 2010 (3-1 at home).
  • The overall head-to-head record between these two teams in the Bundesliga is exactly level. Both have celebrated 11 wins, while there have been 13 draws. Even the goal record is equal: Nürnberg and Hannover have both netted 56 times in meetings between the two.
  • With a nine-point lead over 16th place, Hannover’s Bundesliga status is secure. Nürnberg, on the other hand, still have a chance of finishing 15th, but are just one point behind HSV, who currently occupy the relegation play-off spot (16th).
  • If HSV beat Bayern and Nürnberg also lose to 96, then FCN would be relegated. If Hamburg win and Nürnberg only draw, survival would be mathematically possible.
  • Nürnberg have lost nine of their last 10 games (1 win), including each of the last five. The last time they had a run like that was in 2009/10 (November to January), with a longer string of defeats last coming 30 years ago (10 successive losses at the end of their relegation campaign in 1983/84).
  • Hannover have collected 10 points from eight away games under Tayfun Korkut (W3, D1, L4). That’s as many as they collected in their last 24 away games under Korkut’s predecessor Mirko Slomka (W3, D1, L20).
  • FCN have conceded 24 goals from set-pieces (league high). They only conceded 11 goals from dead-ball situations in the whole of last season.
  • Raphael Schäfer, once a Hannover youth player, could play his 250th Bundesliga game for 1. FC Nürnberg (plus 23 for Stuttgart in 2007/08). Only Thomas Brunner (328) and Andreas Köpke (280) have made more Bundesliga appearances for FCN.
  • Meanwhile, Hannover’s Leon Andreasen could make his 100th Bundesliga appearance.
  • Nürnberg’s Hanno Balitsch (2005-10, 150 Bundesliga games and 12 goals) and Emanuel Pogatetz (2010-12, 57 Bundesliga games and 1 goal) used to play for Hannover.
  • 96 will be without Marcelo (fifth yellow card) and Andre Hoffmann (red card) due to suspension.