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  • December 10, 2011
  • • 17:30
  • • HDI-Arena, Hannover
  • Referee: P. Gagelmann
  • • Attendance: 44800
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Bundesliga Preview: Hannover v Bayer Leverkusen

Bundesliga Preview: Hannover v Bayer Leverkusen

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Goal.com previews the action as the hosts look to end their five-match winless run in the league, while the visitors aim to make up ground on the pace-setters


PROBABLE LINE-UPS

HANNOVER
Hannover 96
Zieler
Cherundolo, Haggui, Pogatetz, Schulz
Stindl, Schmiedebach, Pinto, Rausch
Schlaudraff, Abdellaoue

  BAYER LEVERKUSEN
Bayer 04 Leverkusen 
Leno
Castro, Reinartz, Friedrich, Kadlec

Bender, Rolfes
Sam, Ballack, Schurrle
Derdiyok


Christian Pander is likely to miss out after suffering with flu in midweek, with Konstantin Rausch likely to step in on the left-hand 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 liketo to return to the starting line-up.

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 defence, while Omer Toprak misses out due to a back injury. Long-term casualties Rene Adler, Tranquillo Barnetta and Renato Augusto remain sidelined.


DID YOU KNOW?
  • Hannover defender Karim Haggui joined the club from Bayer Leverkusen two years ago.

  • Since beating Bayern Munich 2-1 in October, Hannover have won a solitary match, but none of their 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 are the only side to reach the Champions League final without having won their domestic league.

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Available Squads
1Bernd LenoGoalkeeper
3Daniel SchwaabDefender
2Manuel FriedrichDefender
24Michal KadlecDefender
6Simon RolfesMidfielder
8Lars BenderMidfielder
18Sidney SamMidfielder
27Gonzalo CastroDefender
14Andre SchürrleStriker
11Stefan KießlingStriker
19Eren DerdiyokStriker
-David Yelldell
6Bastian OczipkaDefender
3Stefan ReinartzMidfielder
13Michael BallackMidfielder
5Hanno BalitschMidfielder
-M. OrtegaMidfielder
18Nicolai JörgensenStriker
Players to Watch
Mohammed Abdellaoue
Mohammed Abdellaoue
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 25
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
If Hannover are to end their poor run of form this weekend, their talismanic Norwegian striker will have to be on top of his game. The 26-year-old hasn't found himself on the scoresheet in over a month, and there would be no better way to announce his return to form than with a match-winning performance against one of the Bundesliga's big guns.
Eren Derdiyok
Eren Derdiyok
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 19
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
Eren Derdiyok seems to have put Robin Dutt's internal debate as to whether to start the Swiss or Stefan Kiessling with an excellent run of form, scoring key goals against Genk, Hoffenheim and Chelsea, as well as a match-saving hat-trick against Hertha Berlin. With Hannover floundering, I'd fully expect the 23-year-old to continue his rich vein of form.
Prediction
Hannover are going through a horrible run of form, while Leverkusen (midweek aside) have been impressive, sweeping aside the likes of Kaiserslautern and Hoffenheim with considerable ease. That said, Hannover will prove a toughter test, but I'd still expect Leverkusen to emerge victorious.
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