Summary

  • Kießling in line to start for Leverkusen.
  • Calhanoglu a doubt for the hosts.
  • Hoffenheim's Nagelsmann to make a decision on Hübner.

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Austria international Julian Baumgartlinger will hope to feature for Bayer 04 Leverkusen after impressing as a second-half substitute in the goalless draw with Tottenham Hotspur FC in the UEFA Champions League. Influential playmaker Hakan Calhanoglu is nursing a back problem sustained in midweek, meaning Kevin Kampl could be deployed in a more advanced position. Kevin Volland is an option against his former club, but faces stiff competition in attack from Admir Mehmedi and Stefan Kießling.

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Benjamin Hübner is minor doubt for visitors TSG 1899 Hoffenheim. Should the 27-year-old fall short of match fitness, Julian Nagelsmann has ready-made replacements in the form of defensive duo Ermin Bicakcic and Fabian Schär. Pirmin Schwegler and Mark Uth remain sidelined through injury.

Leverkusen possible line-up: Leno - L. Bender, Tah, Toprak, Henrichs - Baumgartlinger, Aranguiz - Mehmedi, Kampl - Kießling, Chicharito

Absentees: Bellarabi (tendon), Yurchenko (broken leg), Pohjanpalo (broken metatarsal)

Coach: Roger Schmidt

Hoffenheim possible line-up: Baumann - Süle, Vogt, B. Hübner - Toljan, Kaderabek - Rudy - Demirbay, Rupp - Wagner, Kramaric

Absentees: Schwegler (knee), Uth (thigh)

Coach: Julian Nagelsmann

Leverkusen host Hoffenheim at the BayArena with the game kicking off at 15:30CEST/13:30GMT on 22 October.

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