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May 7, 2011 9:30 AM EDT
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Bundesliga preview: Bayer Leverkusen - Hamburg

Leverkusen hope to secure second place in the Bundesliga standings

By Clark Whitney

Leverkusen (4-2-3-1)

Adler; Castro, Hyypia, Reinartz, Kadlec; Bender, Vidal; Sam, Ballack, Renato Augusto; Kiessling

Jupp Heynckes has a full squad to choose from on Saturday. The only question mark over his selection is who will play alongside Arturo Vidal in defensive midfield. Lars Bender is tipped for the role, but Simon Rolfes also has an outside chance of claiming a starting berth.

Hamburg (4-3-1-2)

Rost; Diekmeier, Kacar, Westermann, Aogo; Pitroipa, Jarolim, Elia; Trochowski; Son, Guerrero

Playmaker Ze Roberto is suspended, meaning that Michael Oenning will have to make at least one change to his previous lineup. Piotr Trochowski is expected to start in place of the Brazilian. The coach will have to do without Mladen Petric, Ruud van Nistelrooy, Marcell Jansen, Romeo Castelen, Joris Mathijsen, and Guy Demel, all of whom are sidelined with various injuries.


  • Leverkusen has won its last six consecutive home games and scored at least two goals in each of them.
  • Die Werkself have won their last two games against Hamburg (both 4-2), having failed to win any of the previous seven games against them.
  • Leverkusen manager Jupp Heynckes has won all seven of his Bundesliga home games against HSV. The last time Heynckes lost a home match to them was in August 1986.
  • Hamburg hasn't won an away game since Michael Oenning took over the team.
  • Die Rothosen have not found the back of the net in any their last three games - they have never failed to score in more than four consecutive matches.
  • Hamburg has failed to score and conceded nine goals in its last three away games.
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Last Five Matches
Team News
Available Squads
15René AdlerGoalkeeper
24Michal KadlecDefender
-Sami HyypiaDefender
3Stefan ReinartzMidfielder
3Daniel SchwaabDefender
27Gonzalo CastroDefender
23Arturo VidalMidfielder
10Renato AugustoMidfielder
6Simon RolfesMidfielder
25Tranquillo BarnettaMidfielder
11Stefan KießlingStriker
33Fabian GieferGoalkeeper
20D. da CostaDefender
2Manuel FriedrichDefender
9Eren DerdiyokStriker
13Michael BallackMidfielder
18Sidney SamMidfielder
5Hanno BalitschMidfielder
1Frank RostGoalkeeper
15Dennis AogoDefender
4Heiko WestermannDefender
30Gojko KacarMidfielder
2Dennis DiekmeierDefender
11Eljero EliaMidfielder
-David JarolimMidfielder
37Robert TescheMidfielder
8Tomás Eduardo RincónMidfielder
9Paolo GuerreroStriker
7Heung-Min SonStriker
1Jaroslav DrobnýGoalkeeper
-Muhamed BesicDefender
30Collin BenjaminMidfielder
-Tunay TorunMidfielder
7Jonathan PitroipaMidfielder
15Piotr TrochowskiMidfielder
10Änis Ben-HatiraMidfielder
Players to Watch
Arturo Vidal
Arturo Vidal
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 23
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
Eljero Elia
Eljero Elia
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 11
Games Goals YC RC
30 4 3 0
Probable Lineups
René Adler 15
Michal Kadlec 24
Sami Hyypia 0
Stefan Reinartz 3
Daniel Schwaab 3
Gonzalo Castro 27
Arturo Vidal 23
Renato Augusto 10
Simon Rolfes 6
Tranquillo Barnetta 25
Stefan Kießling 11
Frank Rost 1
Dennis Aogo 15
Heiko Westermann 4
Gojko Kacar 30
Dennis Diekmeier 2
Eljero Elia 11
David Jarolim 0
Robert Tesche 37
Tomás Eduardo Rincón 8
Paolo Guerrero 9
Heung-Min Son 7
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Marco Reus Marco Reus
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15 5