The initial situation:
It is the first game for Hannover 96 after the dismissal of coach Mirko Slomka. The former assistant coaches Asif Saric and Lars Barlemann will coach the Reds at 1. FC Heidenheim. 96 desperately needs a victory – otherwise threatens the final battle in the second Bundesliga. The task in Heidenheim, however, is anything but easy. The team of Frank Schmidt is with 17 points in sixth place, with a threescore could equal 96 – and climb in the table.
Heidenheim and Hannover 96 have only played against each other twice so far. On May 5, 2017 96 won 2-0 in Baden-Wurttemberg – and also the duel on December 2, 2016, the Reds won 3: 2 for themselves. The statistics speak clearly for the Lower Saxony.
The staffing situation at 96:
Hannover 96 travels to Heidenheim with a squad of 18. Not included are Dennis Aogo (lumbago), Sebastian Jung (action would be too early), Edgar Prib (yellow card suspension) and Niklas Tarnat (played for the second team on Friday). Waldemar Anton and Ron-Robert Zieler return to their barriers.
The staffing situation at 1. FCH:
Heidenheim coach Frank Schmidt has to do without Maximilian Thiel (cruciate ligament tear) and Denis Thomalla (hip problems). The remaining players are fit.
That says 96 interim coach Asif Saric:
"We do not have to do a great job of changing things and throwing everything out of the woods. We are confident that we have a positive track record abroad. We have to accept the intense and aggressive nature of Heidenheim. We do not expect anything more. We are very confident. "
That says Heidenheim coach Frank Schmidt:
"Mirko Slomka is no longer on the sideline, but I believe that our analysis will still be largely correct. What you hear, the new coach comes after our game – maybe more will change with them. 96 is a team that does not necessarily have a lot of possession, but can switch quickly, is variable and has individual quality on offense. "