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).
- 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.
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)
Leverkusen: Leno – Donati, Tah, Toprak (c), Boenisch – Kramer, Kampl – Bellarabi, Calhanoglu, Mehmedi - Hernandez
Absentees: Jedvaj (fitness), Aranguiz (fitness), Bender (ankle)