Summary

  • Leverkusen looking for first win of 16/17.
  • Wood marked Hamburg debut with goal.
  • Hernandez may return from injury.

Bayer 04 Leverkusen could welcome Mexican goal machine Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez back when Hamburger SV visit the BayArena on Saturday (kick-off: 15:30CEST/13:30GMT).

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With Bayer's 17-goal top scorer from last season recovering from surgery on his broken right hand, Die Werkself slipped to a 2-1 defeat at Borussia Monchengladbach on Matchday 1, conceding efforts that head coach Roger Schmidt later described as "annoying".

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Hamburg went one better by picking up a draw 1-1 with FC Ingolstadt 04, thanks to an emphatic debut strike from USMNT international Bobby Wood, who HSV fans will be hoping can provide the catalyst for a positive result on the road on Matchday 2.

Bobby Wood (c.) scored with his first ever top-flight shot on goal against Ingolstadt on Matchday 1.

Match stats

  • With an average age of 24 years and two months, Leverkusen took to the field with the youngest team in the Bundesliga on Matchday 1.
  • Leverkusen have lost their opening two Bundesliga matches of the season on three occasions – the most recent being in 1994/95.
  • Hamburg last avoided defeat in their first two games of the season in 2010/11.
  • Four new faces were on target on Matchday 1, including Leverkusen's Joel Pohjanpalo and HSV's Wood.
  • HSV have lost their last four games in Leverkusen.
  • There has never been a goalless draw between the two clubs at Leverkusen's BayArena.

The Venue: BayArena

Possible line-ups

Leverkusen: Leno - Jedvaj, Tah, Toprak, Wendell - Kampl, Baumgartlinger - Brandt, Calhanoglu, Bellarabi - Hernandez

Absentees: Kießling (hip), Toprak (bruising), Volland (broken finger)

Head coach:Roger Schmidt

Hamburg: Adler - Sakai, Spahic, Djourou, Ostrzolek - Ekdal, Hunt - Müller, Gregoritsch, Kostic - Wood

Absentees: Ekdal (ankle), Jung (muscle tear)

Head coach: Bruno Labbadia