There were mixed fortunes for Matchday 2 adversaries Leverkusen and HSV on the opening weekend of the season. - © © DFL DEUTSCHE FUSSBALL LIGA
There were mixed fortunes for Matchday 2 adversaries Leverkusen and HSV on the opening weekend of the season. - © © DFL DEUTSCHE FUSSBALL LIGA
Bundesliga

Leverkusen banking on Chicharito return against HSV

Bayer 04 Leverkusen could welcome Mexican goal machine Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez back when Hamburger SV visit the BayArena on Saturday (kick-off: 15:30CEST/13:30GMT).

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With Bayer's 17-goal top scorer from last season recovering from surgery on his broken right hand, Die Werkself slipped to a 2-1 defeat at Borussia Monchengladbach on Matchday 1, conceding efforts that head coach Roger Schmidt later described as "annoying".

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Hamburg went one better by picking up a draw 1-1 with FC Ingolstadt 04, thanks to an emphatic debut strike from USMNT international Bobby Wood, who HSV fans will be hoping can provide the catalyst for a positive result on the road on Matchday 2.

The Venue: BayArena

Possible line-ups

Leverkusen: Leno - Jedvaj, Tah, Toprak, Wendell - Kampl, Baumgartlinger - Brandt, Calhanoglu, Bellarabi - Hernandez

Absentees: Kießling (hip), Toprak (bruising), Volland (broken finger)

Head coach:Roger Schmidt

Hamburg: Adler - Sakai, Spahic, Djourou, Ostrzolek - Ekdal, Hunt - Müller, Gregoritsch, Kostic - Wood

Absentees: Ekdal (ankle), Jung (muscle tear)

Head coach: Bruno Labbadia