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Bayer Leverkusen

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Bayer Leverkusen v Hannover 96: Preview

Bayer Leverkusen have the chance to turn the early-season Bundesliga title chase into a three-horse race by beating Hannover on Saturday.

Three points currently separate third-placed Leverkusen from fourth-spotted Hannover, with a further three points then detaching the Reds from their pursuers.

Victory at the BayArena would therefore give Leverkusen a six-point cushion over their rivals, while keeping them in touch with pace-setters Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich, and they are keen to extend what has already been the best start to a Bundesliga season in the club's history.

``We're at home and we've always played well at home so far, and we want to do the same again on Saturday,'' coach Sami Hyypia said.

The Finn has promised changes will be made to the side which defeated Arminia Bielefeld in the DFB-Pokal in midweek, saying that squad rotation is necessary as the games start to pile up.

``Picking the same 11 players until one man gets injured leads to 10 unhappy players,'' he said at a press conference. ``The names may change, but the task remains the same.

``I want my players to be as fresh as possible when they play, which is why it is so important to change regularly, particularly in periods like these when there is a new game every three days.''

After hosting Hannover, who have lost their two away games so far this term, Leverkusen host Real Sociedad in the Champions League on Tuesday, hence the need to recharge the batteries of some of his players.

Hannover do not have the interference of European football this season and, after their midweek defeat to Bayern, they are no longer involved in the domestic cup competition either.

As a result, they can now focus all of their efforts on the league, and, to help them in that undertaking, the return to training of Mame Diouf is a significant boost.

The Senegalese striker scored four goals in a training game in midweek and could be a candidate for a return to the squad on Saturday.

``I'm feeling good and hopefully there won't be any reaction,'' Diouf told the Bild newspaper.

``We'll see on Friday if I make the trip to Leverkusen.''

Diouf has been out for three weeks since picking up an injury while on international duty, and, during that time, the Reds have been beaten twice by Bayern - in league and cup.

``Three weeks are a long time and I've done loads of physiotherapy, and now I want to get back again,'' the 24-year-old added. ``Scoring goals is a lot more fun than lying on the physio's table.''

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