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Equal on points with Dortmund, Schalke are the only team to topple Leverkusen in the Bundesliga.
Since then, Leverkusen has claimed the scalps of Wolfsburg, Mainz and Hannover, as well as becoming one of only two clubs – alongside Freiburg – to take points from Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga, a 1-1 home draw.
Sidney Sam has been the form player of the Bundesliga, with 12 direct goal involvements (goals or assists) in all competitions, as well as producing 3.3 key opportunities a game behind only Marco Reus.
Leverkusen enjoyed a solid 2-0 victory in their midweek Bundesliga match against Fortuna Dusseldorf, despite the absence of Sam, Kießling, Son, Bender, Leno and a host of other key players due to international duty.