Leverkusen - Bayer 04 Leverkusen face a stiff task to end their run of three successive Bundesliga defeats when 1.FSV Mainz 05 visit the BayArena on Wednesday (kick-off 20:00 CEST/18:00 GMT).

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Top facts

  • Leverkusen have lost their last three Bundesliga games, the first time they have done so under Roger Schmidt.
  • Last season, die Werkself won all three of their midweek games in the Bundesliga's so-called 'English weeks'.
  • Mainz have recorded seven Bundesliga wins against Leverkusen, more than against any other current top-flight club, and are unbeaten in the last three visits to the BayArena.
  • Mainz's tally of nine points from five games is their best start to a season since 2010/11 when they won their opening quintet of matches.
  • Martin Schmidt's men have hit the woodwork six times already this season.

Possible line-ups

Leverkusen: Leno - Hilbert, Tah, Papadopoulos, Wendell - Bender, Kampl - Bellarabi, Calhanoglu - Kießling, Hernandez

Absentees: Jedvaj, Toprak, Aranguiz, Boeder

Mainz: Karius - Brosinski, Bungert, Bell, Bengtsson - Baumgartlinger, Moritz - Clemens, Malli, De Blasis - Muto

Absentees: Frei (thigh), Soto (knee), Nedelev