MATHEW WAGNER - Friday, September 26, 2014
Andrew Wooten will attempt to continue his hot streak for Sandhausen, while Royal-Dominique Fennell and the Stuttgarter Kickers will hope to retake the top spot in the 3.Liga.
Hamburger SV - Eintracht Frankfurt
Tim Chandler could start his third match in a row when he and Eintracht Frankfurt face off with Julian Green and winless Hamburg on Sunday.
Chandler should play at right back for the Eagles, while Green, who missed the midweek match with bruised ribs, should be a candidate to dress for the Dino.
Following a Week 1 win, Frankfurt has cooled off, going on a four-match winless streak in the league. The good news for the Eagles is that three of those four matches ended in 2-2 draws, meaning they sit in the middle of the Bundesliga standings.
The Eagles are in better shape than their opponent, however. Not only has Hamburg failed to record a win this season, but the team has also failed to score a single goal in five league matches. Because of this stat, the Dino sits in last place with two points and a goal differential of -6.
Frankfurt will be without Kevin Trapp because of an ankle injury, Constant Djakpa and Nelson Valdez because of torn ACLs, Johannes Flum because of a torn thigh muscle and Jan Rosenthal as he continues to recover from food poisoning.
Hamburg will not have Maximilian Beister, Ivo Ilicevic and Rafael van der Vaart available because of a recovery from meniscus surgery, muscular problems and calf issues.
Eintracht Braunschweig - SV Sandhausen
Andrew Wooten comes into Sandhausen's Friday match against Braunschweig on a hot streak - one that he will look to continue.
Wooten should start at forward for Sandhausen, especially after scoring late winners in the past three matches, all of which ended with a scoreline of 1-0.
Sandhausen started off the season slow, going winless in its first four matches, but the team has really picked it up over the last three matches. With those wins, SVS has climbed out of the relegation zone and into 10th place in the 2.Bundesliga.
Following a short stay in the German first division, Braunschweig is back in the 2.Bundesliga, but it hasn't been the greatest return to the second tier. The Lions are in 11th place with seven points and have lost four of their last five league matches.
Sandhausen will be without Lukas Kübler, Leart Paqarada, Manuel Stiefler, Robert Zillner and Nicky Adler because of a red-card suspension, a shoulder injury, a torn stomach muscle, a torn ACL and groin surgery.
Jan Hochscheidt and Torsten Oehrl are out for Braunschweig with a torn abductor muscle and a foot injury, respectively.
Karlsruher SC - FC Ingolstadt 04
Alfredo Morales and Ingolstadt will hope to get back to their winning ways when they travel to Karlsruhe on Saturday.
Morales should start in central midfield for the Schanzer as he has all season long.
Ingolstadt has yet to lose a match so far this season, which has the Schanzer fighting for a chance at promotion. The problem has been the team's inability to pick up three points from matches. Ingolstadt has recorded four ties in seven matches, putting the team one point back of the top three spots in the standings.
Karlsruhe also has had a solid start to the season, winning its first two matches and going unbeaten in its first five of the season. Karlsruhe had a setback in the midweek, however, losing to Leipzig, 3-1.
Ingolstadt will be without Ralph Gunesch and Christian Eigler while recovering from knee surgeries, Leon Jessen because of an ankle injury and Almog Cohen because of a shin injury.
Karlsruhe will not have Jan Mauersberger and Sascha Traut available because of a finger operation and knee problems, respectively.
Borussia Dortmund II - Stuttgarter Kickers
Back in a promotion spot, Royal-Dominique Fennell and the Kickers will continue their climb toward the top of the 3.Liga standings in Dortmund on Saturday.
Fennell should start in central defense for the Kickers as he has in every match this season.
The Kickers have already sat atop the standings in the German third division before dropping into sixth place to a stretch of two losses in three matches. A convincing win over Unterhaching during the midweek catapulted the Kickers back into third place with 20 points.
As injuries have ravaged Dortmund's first team, they've also affected the second team, which has had some of its better players on the bench with the first team. Because of this, the Under-23 Dortmund team is currently on a seven-match winless run that has dropped the team in 19th place.
Daniel Engelbrecht is the lone Kicker on the injury list, as he continues to recover from heart surgery. Dortmund II, meanwhile, will be without Marc Hornschuh because of a red-card suspension, Jeremy Dudziak because of a shoulder injury and Nick Weber because of a torn Patella tendon.
Holstein Kiel - SG Sonnenhof Großaspach
Marc Heider and Kiel host Sonnenhof Großaspach on Saturday looking to build off an important result during the midweek.
Heider should start for the Storks in the left midfield.
The Storks picked up a confidence-boosting win over last-place Regensburg in the midweek, which ended their four-match winless streak. Those three points moved Kiel into 12th place and put the team's goal differential more to 1.
Sonnenhof Großaspach has struggled as of late, which has seen the newly promoted team drop in the standings. Aspach is riding a five-match winless streak that includes three losses, and the team sits just two points above the relegation zone.
Marcell Gebers and Jaroslaw Linder are out for Kiel with an Achilles tendon operation and a charley horse. Aspach will be without Michele Rizzi and Sahr Senesie because of a red-card suspension and abductor problems.
Joe Gyau could be on the bench for Dortmund's first team at rival Schalke on Saturday.
Caleb Stanko will miss Freiburg's match on Saturday against Bayer Leverkusen as he continues to recover from a torn ACL.
Fabian Johnson will dress for Mönchengladbach on Saturday in Paderborn, but he'll likely be a bench option for coach Lucien Favre.
After missing Hertha BSC's first win of the season in the midweek, John Anthony Brooks could return to the Old Lady's 18 in Augsburg on Sunday.
Bobby Wood should make interim coach Markus von Ahlen's bench when 1860 Munich hosts Greuther Fürth in the Bayerisch Derby on Friday.
Terrence Boyd still isn't quite ready to return from a knee injury and will miss RasenBallsport Leipzig's Sunday trip to Düsseldorf.
Jerome Kiesewetter should dress for Stuttgart II against Fortuna Köln on Sunday.