• FT

    Leverkusen

    2

    Mainz

    2

  • FT

    Dortmund

    1

    Schalke 04

    2

  • FT

    Frankfurt

    3

    Hannover 96

    1

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    F Düsseldorf

    0

    Bayern

    5

  • FT

    Wolfsburg

    0

    SC Freiburg

    2

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    Bremen

    4

    Gladbach

    0

GERMAN BUNDESLIGA

BayArena, Germany

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Bayer Leverkusen

  • Stefan Kießling 43'
  • Gonzalo Castro 87'

2 - 2

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Mainz

  • Adám Szalai 58'
  • Marcel Risse 76'

Bayer Leverkusen v Mainz: Preview

Bayer Leverkusen joint coach Sami Hyypia wants his team to mount a Bundesliga charge between now and Christmas, starting with victory over Mainz tomorrow.

With the Europa League and DFB-Pokal also on the agenda, Hyypia wants his side to build up a head of steam with no more breaks between now and the winter recess on December 19.

Leverkusen could potentially have 16 games to fit in to those eight and a half weeks, and it could well be a very fruitful two months if all goes according to plan.

``We want to put together a good streak up until Christmas to edge up towards the top positions,'' said Hyypia.

``A win over Mainz could start us off in the right direction and that has to be our goal.''

In truth, Leverkusen have already started a streak of sorts with seven points from their last three matches, making the international break more of an inconvenience than a welcome chance to rest, although it has given Lars Bender time to recover from a knee injury.

``Things are looking good with him at the moment,'' Hyypia told reporters at a press conference.

Sidney Sam has not been able to recover from a niggling muscular strain, though, and Renato Augusto will also miss out.

Mainz also found their form just before the international break with back-to-back wins lifting them away from the danger area.

However, their coach Thomas Tuchel does not believe the intervening time will have eroded his side's confidence levels.

``We do have self-confidence, and it has grown,'' he said.

``Hopefully we will see that tomorrow in the way we play.''

A goal on international duty for Adam Szalai and qualification for the European Under-21 Championship for Germany international Jan Kirchhoff means their spirits will be high anyway, although they need to bring that with them into their club football, says Tuchel.

``They need to be with us both in body and in spirit,'' he said.

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