Nurnberg v Hannover 96: Preview
Nurnberg coach Roger Prinzen is aware that his side's clash with Hannover on Saturday is something of a last chance for them to remain in the Bundesliga, and he has asked the fans to get behind the team who have disappointed them so often this season.
Just a point separates the Bavarian side from the relegation play-off with two games of the season to go and defeat on Saturday could see them mathematically relegated.
``There is a huge amount at stake for us,'' said coach Roger Prinzen, who took charge ahead of last weekend's 2-0 defeat at Mainz after Gertjan Verbeek was dismissed.
``For Hannover, the stakes are not so high, but we're not concerned about how Hannover might approach this game, we're going to attack them and influence them that way.''
Nurnberg have the worst home record of all 18 Bundesliga clubs with only one win at the Frankenstadion all season, and eight defeats.
Win number four could not come at a better time with Prinzen appealing to the fans to put their disappointments to one side for the final 90 minutes of football in Nuremberg and help ensure there will be a continuation of Bundesliga action next season.
``The fans have had to take a lot on the chin this season, but we hope they will still get behind us,'' said Prinzen. ``We do have great fans.''
Forty-five thousand of them are expected to urge Nurnberg on against a side whose future in the top flight was secured last weekend.
That does not mean their season is already over, though, with coach Tayfun Korkut insisting they will not be doing Nurnberg any favours.
``We're only thinking of ourselves and we want to win our last two games,'' he said.
``Of course we have an influence on their league position with the way we play, but that cannot even cross our minds.''
The guests are without the suspended Andre Hoffmann and Marcelo with Salif Sane set to start at the heart of the Hannover defence while forward Didier Ya Konan is a doubt.