VfL Osnabrück vs Hannover 96 preview: six-pointer at the bottom of the table
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This weekend, Hannover 96 will play their first game since all football in Germany was suspended back in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Hannover's game last weekend against Dynamo Dresden was postponed when the team from the east were ordered to quarantine for 14 days due to positive tests for Coronavirus in the squad.

They will travel to the Stadion an der Bremer Brücke where they will face VfL Osnabrück in what will be a very important game in both sides' quest to avoid the drop to the 3. Liga.

Hannover, who of course have a game in hand, may sit in eleventh place, but they are only four points away from the relegation playoff place. Osnabrück are in thirteenth, only two from the drop. This weekend' tie is a true six-pointer and could be a crucial step for both sides to try to avoid relegation.

Team news

Thomas Konrad will be unavailable for Osnabrück due to a groin injury.

Their opposition, Hannover, however, have a full squad who will be fit for Saturday's match

Predicted lineups

VfL Osnabrück: Kuhn; Heyer, Trapp, Aken; Adjini, Taffertshofer, Blacha, Agu; Heider, Schmidt; Alvarez

Hannover 96: Zieler; Elez, Hubers, Anton; Jung, Kaiser, Haraguchi, Horn; Teuchert; Maina, Weyndant

Ones to watch

Center-forward Marcos Alvarez will be the main player to watch for the hosts. Their top scorer, he has netted eleven this season and assisted three. Assan Ceesay started ahead of him last weekend, but when Alvarez was substituted on, he scored a crucial late goal against the side who sit at the top of the table.

Henrik Weyndant will want to keep up his form that he showed against Nürnberg and Kiel for Hannover prior to the league being suspended, netting in both. He is currently the club's top scorer this season, having already scored eight goals, and will be the reds' main threat on Saturday.

Match prediction

VfL Osnabrück 0-2 Hannover 96

Although the hosts may be better adjusted to the return to football, their recent form has been worrying. In their previous game, they scraped a draw away to Arminia Bielefeld with a goal in the fourth minute of extra time, extending their winless run to nine games.

Hannover will be looking to extend the home side's winless run to ten, as the reds have only lost once in their last six, against Bielefeld in February, and have won three in the same period of time. Prior to the COVID break, Hannover scored three against Nürnberg and Kiel respectively within the space of four days and will want to resume that form.