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
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-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.
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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 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.