Bayer 04 Leverkusen need to deliver an immediate response to their weekend defeat at 1. FSV Mainz 05 if they are to keep up the pressure in the race for a top-four finish when they host struggling SV Werder Bremen on Wednesday (kick-off 20:00CET/19:00GMT).

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A Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez goal was not enough to prevent Die Werkself from falling behind Mainz in the standings after a 3-1 defeat on Matchday 23, but they fortunately do not have long to dwell on that defeat as the fixtures continue to come thick and fast for a side who are in action again in the UEFA Europa League next week.

Watch: Mainz 3-1 Leverkusen - match highlights

Opponents Werder showed plenty of fighting spirit to come from behind at home to SV Darmstadt 98 and grab a crucial point, but they are still in the relegation play-off berth with the bottom two also closing in, which is why every point counts at this stage of the season.

Watch: Bremen 2-2 Darmstadt - match highlights

History

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Matchday 7 rewind: Bremen 0-3 Leverkusen

Goals: 0-1 Mehmedi (31’), 0-2 Brandt (58’), 0-3 Kampl (65’)

Leverkusen turned on the style in the second half to ease past Bremen.

Watch: match highlights

Matchday 24 - match facts

  • Leverkusen have already lost more games this season (eight) than in the whole of last season (seven).
  • No team is on a longer winless run in the Bundesliga at present than Bremen (five).
  • Bremen have failed to pick up a single point in midweek games this season.
  • These two teams met in the DFB Cup in February, with Bremen winning 3-1.
  • Only Robert Lewandowski has scored more goals in the second half of the season than Claudio Pizarro, who has scored five.
  • Karim Bellarabi and Hakan Calhanoglu have scored just two goals each this season – at the same stage of last season, they had nine and five to their names respectively.
  • Chicharito scored 14 goals in his first 19 Bundesliga games – the last player to manage that was Marek Mintal over 11 years ago.

Possible line-ups:

Leverkusen: Leno - Jedvaj, Tah, Ramalho, Wendell - Kramer, Calhanoglu - Bellarabi, Brandt, Mehmedi - Hernandez

Absentees: Papadopoulos (knee) Toprak (muscular), Aranguiz (light training), L. Bender (light training), Kampl (fractured fibula), Kießling (hip)

Bremen: Wiedwald - Gebre Selassie, Galvez, Djilobodji, Garcia - Vestergaard - Yatabaré, Grillitsch - Junuzovic - Ujah, Pizarro

Absentees: Bargfrede (knee) Fritz (ankle), Johannsson (light training)

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