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  • November 5, 2011
  • • 1:30 PM
  • • BayArena, Leverkusen
  • Referee: K. Kircher
  • • Attendance: 30210
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Bundesliga Preview: Bayer Leverkusen - Hamburg

Bundesliga Preview: Bayer Leverkusen - Hamburg

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The hosts will look to pick up their indifferent home form, while Torsten Fink's men could move out of the relegation play-off place with victory at the BayArena


PROBABLE LINEUPS

BAYER LEVERKUSEN

Leverkusen
Leno
Castro, Friedrich, Toprak, Kadlec
Bender, Rolfes
Sam, Ballack, Schurrle
Kiessling
HAMBURG

Hamburg
Drobny
Diekmeier, Bruma, Westermann, Aogo
Gokhan Tore, Rincon, Kacar, Janssen
Guerrero, Berg


Leverkusen captain Simon Rolfes is set to return to the starting lineup after spending last week's encounter with Freiburg on the bench. Michael Ballack should be fit to start despite playing in midweek vesus Valencia with a mask to protect his broken nose.

Slobodan Rajkovic will sit this match out after his red card in last week's 1-1 home draw against Kaiserslautern, while Mladen Petric will be missing for the next month after sustaining a thigh strain in training last week. The Croatian's absence will allow Marcus Berg to continue up front along side Paolo Guerrero, while Deikmeier will step in for Rajkovic.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Bayer Leverkusen has not lost any of its last four games against Hamburg, however, it has only won one of its previous six clashes with Torsten Fink's side at the BayArena.
  • The hosts have collected the most red cards in the Bundesliga this season (three), while their opponents top the table for yellow cards, having collected 29 bookings so far.
  • The BayArena club is the only team to have reached a Champions League final but to never have won its domestic league.
  • Hamburg midfielder Gokhan Tore represented Leverkusen at various levels for 10 years, before departing for Chelsea.
  • Torsten Fink's men have a marginally better record in this fixture, winning 25 games to Levekursen's 22.
  • Wolfgang Rolff, who won the 1983 European Cup with Hamburg, went on to make 99 Bundesliga appearances for Bayer Leverkusen, scoring nine goals in the process.

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Available Squads
1Bernd LenoGoalkeeper
2Manuel FriedrichDefender
21Ömer ToprakDefender
24Michal KadlecDefender
6Simon RolfesMidfielder
8Lars BenderMidfielder
13Michael BallackMidfielder
18Sidney SamMidfielder
27Gonzalo CastroDefender
14Andre SchürrleStriker
11Stefan KießlingStriker
-David Yelldell
3Daniel SchwaabDefender
6Bastian OczipkaDefender
3Stefan ReinartzMidfielder
5Hanno BalitschMidfielder
19Eren DerdiyokStriker
18Nicolai JörgensenStriker
1Jaroslav DrobnýGoalkeeper
2Dennis DiekmeierDefender
3Michael MancienneDefender
4Heiko WestermannDefender
7Marcell JansenDefender
15Dennis AogoDefender
8Tomás Eduardo RincónMidfielder
-Gökhan TöreMidfielder
30Gojko KacarMidfielder
9Paolo GuerreroStriker
7Heung-Min SonStriker
29Tom MickelGoalkeeper
-Zhi Gin LamMidfielder
-Robert TescheMidfielder
-David JarolimMidfielder
26Jacopo SalaMidfielder
25Per Ciljan SkjelbredMidfielder
6Marcus BergStriker
Players to Watch
Andre Schürrle
Andre Schürrle
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 14
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
Heiko Westermann
Heiko Westermann
Position: Defender
Squad Number: 4
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
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