Goal.com previews the action as the home side looks to end its five-match winless run in the league, while the visiting side aims to make up ground on the pace-setters.
Cherundolo, Haggui, Pogatetz, Schulz
Stindl, Schmiedebach, Pinto, Rausch
Castro, Reinartz, Friedrich, Kadlec
Sam, Ballack, Schurrle
Christian Pander is likely to miss out after suffering with flu in midweek, with Konstantin Rausch likely to step in on the left side of midfield. Manuel Schmiedebach was replaced in the 1-1 draw with Freiburg, but is set to be fit for the visit of Robin Dutt's men. Elsewhere, Lars Stindl is likely to to return to the starting lineup.
Robin Dutt is set to name a side with minimal changes from the side that drew with Genk in midweek. Daniel Schwaab is likely to be replaced by Manuel Friedrich at the heart of defense, while Omer Toprak misses out due to a back injury. Long term casualties Rene Adler, Tranquillo Barnetta and Renato Augusto remain sidelined.
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Hannover defender Karim Haggui joined the club from Bayer Leverkusen two years ago.
- Since beating Bayern Munich 2-1 in October, Hannover has won a solitary match, but none of its Bundesliga clashes.
- Leverkusen's injured Swiss star Tranquillo Barnetta had a spell on loan at the AWD Arena at the beginning of his career, scoring two goals in seven Bundesliga games.
- This fixture ended in a 2-2 draw last season, but Leverkusen triumphed 2-0 when the two sides met at the BayArena.
- Bayer Leverkusen is the only side to reach the Champions League final without having won its domestic league.