Bundesliga

Leverkusen intent on extending winning run against Mainz

Bayer Leverkusen are hoping to make it three league wins on the trot as they host Mainz on Saturday (kick-off 15:30CET/14:30GMT).

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Leverkusen were beaten by Club Atletico de Madrid in the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday, but they are in good form in the Bundesliga. Roger Schmidt’s side have won their last two matches and in the process scored six goals – including four from Matchday 20 and 21 MVP Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez. The Mexican also netted a hat-trick against Mainz earlier in the season. With Leverkusen only four points off the European places, Schmidt and his side will be keen to put that 4-2 defeat to Atletico behind them.

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Following a 2-0 win over Augsburg on Matchday 20, Mainz lost by the same scoreline at home to Werder Bremen last time out. The 05ers, who are 12th in the table, will be eager to close the six-point gap that stands between them and Leverkusen, although the visitors have lost their last six away matches.

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