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  • November 26, 2011
  • • 9:30 AM
  • • Olympiastadion Berlin, Berlin
  • Referee: R. Hartmann
  • • Attendance: 44541

Bundesliga Preview: Hertha Berlin - Bayer Leverkusen

Bundesliga Preview: Hertha Berlin - Bayer Leverkusen

Christof Koepsel

Robin Dutt's men travel to the German capital off the back of their Champions League triumph over Chelsea in midweek.


Hertha BSC

Lell, Hubnik, Mijatovic, Kobiashvili
Ottl, Niemeyer
Ebert, Raffael, Ramos


Castro, Toprak Friedrich, Kadlec
Bender, Rolfes
Sam, Ballack, Schurrle


Despite throwing away a two-goal lead against struggling Freiburg last weekend, Markus Babbel should stick with the same lineup for Leverkusen's visit. And despite being substituted before the hour mark, Pierre Michel Lasogga should be fit to spearhead the Berliner attack.

Gonzalo Castro's switch to right back prompted the Bundesliga side's comeback against Chelsea, so he may well be preferred to Daniel Schwaab in Leverkusen's back line. Meanwhile, having scored the equalizer on Wednesday, Eren Derdiyok could regain his place in the starting lineup at Stefan Kiessling's expense.

  • Hertha Berlin striker Pierre-Michel Lasogga began his career at the BayArena before moving to the German capital.
  • The club's highest Bundesliga finish in the last 20 years was third place in 1998-1999, when it finished a solitary point behind Leverkusen.
  • While playing for Bayern Munich, Hertha coach Markus Babbel (pictured) won the Bundesliga on three occasions, with Leverkusen finishing as runner up each time.
  • Bayer Leverkusen beat Hertha Berlin 1-0 in the 1993 DFB-Pokal final.
  • The corresponding fixture two seasons ago ended in a 2-2 draw, and Hertha was to end that season with relegation.
  • The BayArena club succumbed to a 1-0 defeat to Werder Bremen in the 2008-09 DFB Pokal final in this stadium.
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1Thomas KraftGoalkeeper
2Christian LellDefender
3Levan KobiashviliMidfielder
4Roman HubnikDefender
5Andre MijatovicDefender
8Andreas OttlMidfielder
18Peter NiemeyerMidfielder
20Patrick EbertMidfielder
-Nikita RukavytsyaStriker
20Pierre-Michel LasoggaStriker
1Maikel AertsGoalkeeper
6Christoph JankerDefender
7Maik FranzDefender
-Tunay TorunMidfielder
10Änis Ben-HatiraMidfielder
28Fabian LustenbergerMidfielder
-A. RamosStriker
1Bernd LenoGoalkeeper
3Daniel SchwaabDefender
5Manuel FriedrichDefender
21Ömer ToprakDefender
24Michal KadlecDefender
6Simon RolfesMidfielder
8Lars BenderMidfielder
13Michael BallackMidfielder
18Sidney SamMidfielder
14Andre SchürrleStriker
19Eren DerdiyokStriker
36Fabian GieferGoalkeeper
6Bastian OczipkaDefender
3Stefan ReinartzMidfielder
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27Gonzalo CastroDefender
11Stefan KießlingStriker

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