MATHEW WAGNER - Friday, November 21, 2014
Coming out of the international break, Tim Chandler and Frankfurt head to Fabian Johnson and Mönchengladbach, while John Anthony Brooks should return to the Hertha BSC starting lineup.
Borussia Mönchengladbach - Eintracht Frankfurt
A pair of German-American fullbacks could square off when Fabian Johnson and Mönchengladbach welcome Tim Chandler and Frankfurt to Stadion im Borussia-Park on Saturday.
Johnson will likely be a bench option for Mönchengladbach coach Lucien Favre, while Chandler should start at right back for the Adler.
Mönchengladbach enjoyed a good start to the season, but prior to the international break, the Fohlen recorded their first loss of the season to Dortmund, dropping them into third place in the league and seven points behind league leader Bayern Munich.
The Fohlen's struggles are nothing in relation to Frankfurt's. The Adler lost five consecutive matches across all competitions heading into the break, and they were shut out the last two matches to Hannover and Munich, two teams in the top four positions of the standings at the moment.
Gladbach's Christoph Kramer will miss the match with back problems, while Martin Stranzl is questionable with thigh problems.
The Adler will be without Kevin Trapp because of an ankle injury, as well as Constant Djakpa, Carlos Zambrano, Nelson Valdez because of knee injuries.
1. FC Köln - Hertha BSC
John Anthony Brooks comes back from international duty with a chance for some first-team minutes when struggling Hertha BSC heads to Koln on Saturday.
With the ankle and adductor injuries to Sebastian Langkamp and Fabian Lustenberger, respectively, Hertha coach Jos Luhukay will have little other choice but to turn to Brooks, with whom Luhukay seems to have been at odds numerous times the past couple of seasons.
Hertha BSC has struggled this season trying to put together consecutive positive results, and it shows with the team's position in the standings. The Old Lady sits in 14th place, just two points above the relegation zone and one point out of the relegation-playoff position.
Along with Langkamp and Lustenberger, Hertha will be without Peter Pekarik and Marvin Plattenhardt because of torn thigh muscles, Alexander Baumjohann because of a torn ACL and Tolga Cigerci because of a toe operation.
Köln won't have Marcel Risse, Patrick Helmes and Simon Zoller because of a meniscus operation, a hip injury and a thigh injury, respectively.
1. FC Heidenheim - SV Sandhausen
Andrew Wooten and Sandhausen travel to Heidenheim on Friday hoping to build off a big win before the international break.
Wooten should start somewhere in attack for Sandhausen, whether that be on one of the wings or up top in the team's 4-2-3-1 formation.
Sandhausen has proven to be a streaky team so far this season, following a three-game winning streak with a losing streak just as long as an example. Currently, the team is riding an three-match unbeaten run that includes a win over Nuremberg just before the international break through Wooten's fourth match-winning goal of the season.
After earning promotion last season, Heidenheim has had no difficulties adjusting to life in the German second division. Heidenheim lead a pack just outside of a promotion place with 20 points, sitting fifth place because of a goal differential of nine.
Sandhausen will be without Florian Hübner because of a torn thigh muscle and Robert Zillner with a torn ACL. Heidenheim will not have Sebastian Griesbeck, Adriano Grimaldi and Smail Morabit available with a foot injury, a Patella tendon injury and a torn thigh muscle.
1. FC Nürnberg - FC Ingolstadt 04
Alfredo Morales and Ingolstadt will look to build upon their lead atop the 2.Bundesliga when they travel the 94.5 kilometers to Nürnberg on Sunday.
Morales should start in central midfield for the Schanzer as he has done all season long.
Ingolstadt still hasn't lost a match all season long and is looking like a favorite for promotion, sitting atop the league since September 27. Still, the Schanzer shouldn't become too comfortable, as they only have a four-point cushion over Darmstadt in the promotion-playoff spot.
Nürnberg hasn't enjoyed its return to the German second division after being relegated last season. Der Club sits in 14th place, and just two points separate the team from the relegation zone.
Ingolstadt will be without Christian Eigler while recovering from knee surgeries, Leon Jessen and Stefan Lex because of ankle injuries and Almog Cohen and Danny da Costa because of shin injuries.
For Nürnberg, Jürgen Mössmer, Mlapa Peniel, Timo Gebhart and Petrak Ondrej will miss the match with knee problems, adductor surgery, and a red-card suspension.
VfL Osnabrück - VfB Stuttgart II
Jerome Kiesewetter and Stuttgart II will look to bounce back after two weeks in Osnabrück on Friday.
Kiesewetter should start on the right wing for the Schwaben this weekend.
Heading into the international break, Stuttgart II was flying high, going five matches unbeaten with four of those five being wins. The Schwaben suffered a sounding 4-1 defeat in Rostock right before the international break, just their second in the past 10 matches.
Bouncing back against Osnabrück won't be an easy task, as the Lily-Whites are on a roll. They have gone six matches unbeaten and are tied on points with five teams vying for the promotion-playoff position at 28 points.
Robin Yalcin and Erich Berko will miss the match for Stuttgart with knee injuries. Osnabrück will be without Davide Grassi because of a foot injury, Stephan Thee because of a thigh injury and Marcos Alvarez because of a shoulder injury.
Julian Green will hope to dress for Hamburg on Sunday when the Dino hosts Werder Bremer in the 101st edition of the Nord-Derby.
Bobby Wood is still with 1860 Munich's second team and therefore will not make the 18 for the Sechziger in the German capital against Union Berlin on Saturday.
Terrence Boyd should dress for RasenBallsport Leipzig against St. Pauli on Sunday.
Joe Gyau has running to at least partial practice this week, but he will continue to be unavailable for Dortmund II, which plays in Dresden on Friday.
Royal-Dominique Fennell should be on the bench when the Stuttgarter Kickers travel to Erfurt on Saturday.