Bayer 04 Leverkusen are away to Belarusian side FC BATE Borisov in UEFA Champions League Group E on Tuesday evening (kick-off 18:00CET/17:00GMT) needing a victory to keep their hopes of progressing to the knockout stages alive.
Their task has been made all the more difficult through absences to key players, but Roger Schmidt's side are nevertheless confident of returning home with a positive result. Indeed, if Leverkusen prevail and AS Roma lose at FC Barcelona, then Die Werkself move second. On the other hand, if Roma beat Barcelona and this game ends in a draw, then Bayer will be out.
"Stefan Kießling has a virus so will miss the game and won't fly to Borisov. Get well soon!"
- Leverkusen's last away win in the Champions League came in November 2014, a 2-1 victory at Zenit in St. Petersburg.
- Die Werkself have not only lost every away game in this season's competition so far, they have conceded a goal in the last 15 minutes of each fixture.
- Bayer have reached the knockout rounds at the last six attempts; 2000/01 was the last time the club failed to progress from their group.
- BATE's Aleksandr Hleb turned out for VfB Stuttgart and VfL Wolfsburg in the Bundesliga.
- Centre-half duo Kyriakos Papadopoulos and Ömer Toprak are suspended for this one.
- Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez, however, has scored in each of his last seven appearances.
"We want to give ourselves the chance to play in the Champions League after Christmas."
BATE: Chernik - Zhavnerchik, Polyakov, Milunovic, Mladenovic - A. Volodko, Nikolic - Stasevich, Hleb, M. Volodko - Mozolevsky
Leverkusen: Leno - Donati, Tah, Ramalho, Wendell - Kramer, Kampl - Bellarabi, Calhanoglu, Mehmedi - Hernandez