MATHEW WAGNER - Friday, October 17, 2014
Coming out of the international break, Tim Chandler and Eintracht Frankfurt look to continue their hot start to the season, while two German-Americans face off in a Stuttgart derby.
SC Paderborn 07 - Eintracht Frankfurt
Tim Chandler and Eintracht Frankfurt will hit the road to play early season darling Paderborn on Sunday.
Although he started the last match before the international break, Chandler could return to the Adler's starting lineup at right back.
Frankfurt is enjoying a solid start to the Bundesliga season, recording 12 points through seven matches - which has put the team in fifth place. The Adler have some success on the road so far, going unbeaten in three matches, and they also are riding a four-match unbeaten run.
In the team's first season in the Bundesliga, Paderborn began hot, even sitting atop the standings following four matches. The team from North Rhine-Westphalia has cooled off since then, going winless in its last three.
Frankfurt will be without Kevin Trapp because of an ankle injury, as well as Constant Djakpa, Nelson Valdez and Carlos Zambrano because of knee injuries. Paderborn, meanwhile, will not have Jens Wemmer, Thomas Bertels and Marvin Bakalorz available with a foot operation, a thigh injury and a red-card suspension.
1. FC Union Berlin - SV Sandhausen
Andrew Wooten and Sandhausen get back to work in Berlin on Saturday in 2.Bundesliga action.
Wooten, who was on a hot streak right before the break, will likely start again for Sandhausen.
The international break came at a good time for Sandhausen, which had lost two straight matches prior to ti. The defense, which had been strong in posting three consecutive 1-0 wins, struggled, allowing five goals in the two-match losing streak.
Sandhausen wasn't the only team in need of the break. Union Berlin has one just one match in the league so far, and the offense is lagging behind, recording a tied for league-worst six goals in nine matches with Sandhausen and the team with which Berlin is tied in last place, Aue.
Sandhausen will be without Manuel Riemann because of a shoulder injury, Robert Zillner and Ranisav Jovanovic because of torn ACLs and Nicky Adler because of a groin injury. Björn Jopek, Baris Özbek and Bajram Nebihi are out for Union Berlin with yellow-card accumulation, an undisclosed injury and brain trauma.
FSV Frankfurt - FC Ingolstadt 04
Alfredo Morales and Ingolstadt will defend their top spot in the 2.Bundesliga standings when they travel to the Frankfurt-district of Bornheim to face FSV Frankfurt on Sunday.
Morales should start in central midfield as he has all season long for the Schanzer.
Ingolstadt seems unstoppable in the German second tier this season. The team has yet to lose a league match so far, and the Schanzer have won five of their last seven matches - only two of which have come against opposition in the top half of the standings, though.
Add to that weak schedule with the season FSV Frankfurt, a team that sits in 16th place with eight points so far. The Bornheimer's defense has left a lot to be desired, giving up a league-worst two goals per match.
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. Denis Epstein, Odise Roshi and Zafer Yelen will miss the match for Frankfurt with a bruised shin, a torn thigh muscle and a knee injury.
VfB Stuttgart II - Stuttgarter Kickers
In a Stuttgart derby, Jerome Kiesewetter and Stuttgart II host Royal-Dominique Fennell and the Stuttgarter Kickers on Saturday in 3.Liga action.
Kiesewetter should be in the running to start on the right wing for the Roten, while Fennell should start in central defense for the Blauen.
Following a slow start to the season, Stuttgart II has turned things around, recording three wins and three ties in its past seven matches. Still, the Roten are in 15th place, just five points above the relegation zone.
On the opposite end of the standings are the Kickers, who are in the midst of the promotion race. The Blauen lead a pack of teams tied on 24 points to sit in second place, thanks in large part to a four-match unbeaten run before the break. The Kickers have struggled on the road by picking up just five points, although it must be said this won't be much of a road match.
Marco Calamita and Vincenzo Marchese are out for the Kickers with a torn hip muscle and a knee injury, while Robin Yalcin will miss for Stuttgart II because of a knee injury.
Holstein Kiel - Hallescher FC
Marc Heider and Holstein Kiel host Halle on Saturday looking to continue where they left off before the break.
Heider should start on the left wing once again for the Storks.
Kiel is on a bit of roll, going four matches unbeaten, but three of those four came against opposition sitting in or around the relegation zone. Still, the Storks find themselves sitting in a comfortable spot, seven points above the relegation zone.
Halle needed the break, going winless in its last three matches. In spite of this stretch, Kiel can't take its opponent lightly, as Halle owns the best away record in the 3.Liga, recording 13 points and a goal differential of eight in just six matches.
Marcel Gebers will miss the match for the Storks as he recovers from an Achilles tendon. Halle will be missing a ton of players, as Tim Kruse with a foot injury, Toni Lindenhahn and Björn Ziegenbein with knee injuries and Akaki Gogia and Timo Furuholm with card suspension are unavailable.
Fabian Johnson is questionable for Mönchengladbach's Saturday match in Hannover with Achilles tendon irritation.
Joe Gyau had surgery on Thursday to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee and will miss Dortmund II's 3.Liga matchup with Osnabrück on Saturday, as well as the first team's match at Cologne on Saturday.
John Anthony Brooks can only hope he's out of Hertha BSC coach Jos Luhukay's doghouse and gets the opportunity to dress with the first team when the Old Lady travels to Schalke on Saturday.
Julian Green should dress for Hamburg when the Dino hosts Hoffenheim on Sunday.
Terrence Boyd could dress for the first time this season when RasenBallsport Leipzig heads to Nuremberg on Friday.
Bobby Wood will likely be a bench option for coach Markus von Ahlen when 1860 Munich goes on the road to square off with Aue on Sunday.