Local pride is at stake as Bayer 04 Leverkusen lock horns with regional rivals 1. FC Köln in Saturday's Rhine derby (kick-off 15:30CET/14:30GMT).

History

Top facts

  • Leverkusen have already tasted defeat four times in this season's Bundesliga. Last term, their fourth loss came on Matchday 20.
  • Bayer have a negative goal difference after 11 games. The last time Die Werkself ended a season with more goals conceded than scored, they only just avoided relegation (2002/03).
  • Köln have not scored in their last three Bundesliga matches - four including the DFB Cup second round defeat to SV Werder Bremen. It is their longest barren spell in front of goal since 2002, when they went five games without scoring.
  • A total of 16 goals have been scored in the last three Rhine derbies between the two sides in Leverkusen.

Possible line-ups

Leverkusen: Leno - Boenisch, Toprak, Tah, Wendell- Calhanoglu, Kampl - Mehmedi, Brandt - Kießling - Hernandez

Köln: Horn - Olkowski, Sörensen, Heintz, Hector - Lehmann, Gerhardt - Risse, Osako, Bittencourt - Modeste