Having struggled for consistency so far in 2015/16, Bayer 04 Leverkusen will be seeking to make amends away to this season's surprise package Hertha Berlin on Saturday afternoon (kick-off 15:30CET/14:30GMT).



Top facts

  • Fifth host sixth in the standings heading into the Matchday 15 fixtures.
  • If Bayer win in Berlin, they would move ahead of Hertha; a defeat would leave them five points behind the club from the capital.
  • Hertha boss Pal Dardai has Leverkusen to thank for earning his first coaching job in the Bundesliga – it was after a 1-0 defeat to them that his predecessor Jos Luhukay was dismissed.
  • Leverkusen have won the last four games against Hertha, and are eight unbeaten against Die Alte Dame.
  • A total of 21 points from 14 matches is the lowest haul of points Bayer have had in nine years; two years ago, they had 34 points at the same stage under Sami Hyypiä.
  • A total of 18 goals from 14 games is the lowest number Leverkusen have had in 24 years (in 1991/92 it was 16).
  • Hertha have won only four out of 19 Bundesliga home games against Leverkusen.

Possible line-ups:

Hertha: Jarstein - Regäsel, Lustenberger (c), Brooks, Plattenhardt - Darida, Skjelbred - Haraguchi, Baumjohann, Kalou - Ibisevic

Absentees: Kraft (fitness), Pekarik (fitness), Stark (groin), Ben-Hatira (unavailable), Ronny (unavailable), Allagui (fitness), Schieber (fitness)

Suspended: Langkamp

Leverkusen: Leno – Donati, Tah, Toprak (c), Boenisch – Kramer, Kampl – Bellarabi, Calhanoglu, Mehmedi - Hernandez

Absentees: Jedvaj (fitness), Aranguiz (fitness), Bender (ankle)

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