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Bundesliga

Faltering Leverkusen face tough Mainz challenge

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).

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

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