Date: Saturday 15th October Venue: Weserstadion Competition: Bundesliga KO: 17.30
Werder Bremen are still without strikers Max Kruse and Claudio Pizarro.
Goalkeeper Jaroslav Drobny is absent so Felix Weidwald will deputise. Fin Bartels will also come into the side.
Bayer Leverkusen manager Roger Schmidt must choose between either Kevin Volland or Admir Mehmedi to play in the position behind Javier Hernandez.
Karim Bellarabi is still out with a tendon injury.
The late game on Saturday is between two sides who have both turned a corner in recent weeks. After a disastrous start, Bremen are now unbeaten in their last two games and out of the relegation zone. Leverkusen have won their last two games including a convincing win over Borussia Dortmund last time out.
Losing their first four games and sacking head coach Viktor Skrypnyk was not the ideal start for the northern giants of German football. However, new head coach Alexander Nouri has seemed to have improved the side with a win over Wolfsburg and a draw with Darmstadt.
Leverkusen are finally beginning to tick this season and the 2-0 win over Dortmund was a key result. They can now focus on climbing the table and get back into the Champions League places. this game could be a lively one between two sides certainly on the up.
Hernandez has scored four goals in his last two Bundesliga games.
Bremen beat Leverkusen 4-1 when the two clubs last met.
Bremen have conceded 17 goals in the Bundesliga this season, a league high.
Bremen: Wiedwald; Gebre Selassie, Sané, Moisander, Garcia; Grillitsch, Fritz; Junuzovic, Bartels, Gnabry; Manneh
Leverkusen: Leno; Henrichs, Tah, Toprak, Wendell; Bender, Kampl; Brandt, Calhanoglu, Mehmedi; Chicharito
Prediction: Bremen 1-2 Leverkusen