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  • December 17, 2011
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Bundesliga Preview: Bayer Leverkusen - Nurnberg

Bundesliga Preview: Bayer Leverkusen - Nurnberg

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Goal.com previews the action as the Bavarians look to alleviate their relegation worries before the winter break. American international Timothy Chandler is suspended.


PROBABLE LINEUPS

BAYER LEVERKUSEN
Bayer 04 Leverkusen
Leno
Castro, Friedrich, Toprak, Kadlec
Bender, Rolfes
Sam, Ballack, Schurrle
Derdiyok
NURNBERG
Nürnberg
Schafer
Maroh, Wollscheid, Klose, Simons
Cohen, Zeitz
Eigler, Didavi, Frantz
Esswein

While Omer Toprak could return to the Leverkusen squad following a back problem, Robin Dutt may name the same back four that kept a clean sheet against Hannover last weekend. Eren Derdiyok should maintain his place at the heart of the attack. Renato Augusto, Rene Adler and Tranquillo Barnetta remain sidelined with long-term injuries.

In addition to long-term absentees Per Nilsson, Javier Pinola, Mike Frantz and Markus Mendler, Juri Judt will be missing for Dieter Hecking, having pulled out of training with a foot injury. Meanwhile, there are serious question marks over Marvin Plattenhardt and Tomas Pekhart, who are suffering from muscle problems and flu respectively.

Jens Hegeler is unable to play against his parent club, while Timothy Chandler will be suspended following his red card against Hoffenheim.


DID YOU KNOW
  • Bayer Leverkusen has not lost at home to Nurnberg for nine years - since a 2-0 loss in December 2002.
  • Stefan Kiessling made 59 Bundesliga appearances for Nurnberg, scoring 13 goals in a four-year spell at the club which ended in 2006.
  • Eren Derdiyok has now matched his tally for last season with six league goals, including four of Leverkusen's last five league goals.
  • Nurnberg was able to keep clean sheets in both league meetings with Bayer Leverkusen last season.
  • Philipp Wollscheid will be playing against many of his former teammates, as he is set to join Leverkusen at the end of the season.
  • The Bavarians sit bottom of the Bundesliga form table, with just five points from their last 10 games.

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Available Squads
1Bernd LenoGoalkeeper
3Daniel SchwaabDefender
5Manuel FriedrichDefender
24Michal KadlecDefender
6Simon RolfesMidfielder
8Lars BenderMidfielder
13Michael BallackMidfielder
18Sidney SamMidfielder
27Gonzalo CastroDefender
14Andre SchürrleStriker
19Eren DerdiyokStriker
22David YelldellGoalkeeper
6Bastian OczipkaDefender
3Stefan ReinartzMidfielder
5Hanno BalitschMidfielder
-M. OrtegaMidfielder
11Stefan KießlingStriker
18Nicolai JörgensenStriker
1Raphael SchäferGoalkeeper
6Dominik MarohDefender
21Marvin PlattenhardtDefender
38Philipp WollscheidDefender
2Timmy SimonsMidfielder
14Markus FeulnerMidfielder
13Jens HegelerMidfielder
18Almog CohenMidfielder
20Daniel DidaviMidfielder
8Christian EiglerStriker
9Tomas PekhartStriker
30Alexander StephanGoalkeeper
5Timm KloseDefender
24Wilson KamavuakaDefender
14Robert MakMidfielder
28Manuel ZeitzMidfielder
31Julian WießmeierMidfielder
11Alexander EssweinStriker
Players to Watch
Eren Derdiyok
Eren Derdiyok
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 19
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
Philipp Wollscheid
Philipp Wollscheid
Position: Defender
Squad Number: 38
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
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