PREVIEW: WEEKEND GERMAN ACTION
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MATHEW WAGNER - Friday, August 31, 2012
Fabian Johnson and Hoffenheim look to change its slow start to the 2012-2013 campaign, while Jermaine Jones and Steve Cherundolo try for their respective teams' first wins.

1899 Hoffenheim - Eintracht Frankfurt

American Fabian Johnson will start at fullback for Hoffenheim on Saturday, while compatriot Daniel Williams will hope to make the bench.

It has been a disastrous start for Hoffenheim to start the 2012/13 campaign, having lost in the first round of the DFB Pokal to a fourth division team two weeks ago. The team also lost its Bundesliga opener last weekend to Borussia Mönchengladbach.

Recently promoted Eintracht Frankfurt shocked perennial giants Bayer Leverkusen in its opener and will look to do the same against Hoffenheim.

Midfielder Sandro Wieser will miss for Hoffenheim, as he tries to return to game-shape.

Frankfurt is not reporting any significant injuries at this time.

FC Schalke 04 - FC Augsburg

Jermaine Jones will get the start in his usual defensive midfield role as Schalke hosts Augsburg Saturday.

Schalke opened the Bundesliga season with an entertaining 2-2 tie at Hannover on Sunday, but because of the team's high ambitions for the season, Schalke hopes to pick up three points from a relegation candidate in Augsburg.

Augsburg struggled last week, losing to promoted Düsseldorf 2-0 in its Bundesliga opener.

Schalke is not reporting any injuries at this time.

Augsburg's Sascha Mölders will miss once again, as he continues to recover from a broken right ankle.

VfL Wolfsburg - Hannover 96

Steve Cherundolo will captain Hannover, as the team travels to Wolfsburg Sunday.

Cherundolo and Co. advanced into the Europa League group stages, following its 5-1 win over Slask Wroclaw. The team will look to carry that momentum to Wolfsburg for its first Bundesliga win of the season.

Wolfsburg, meanwhile, picked up a 1-0 win over Stuttgart in its opener.

Hannover's Mame Diouf will miss yet again with his recovery from ankle surgery ongoing.

Patrick Helmes will be out for Wolfsburg because of a torn cruciate ligament.

Preußen Münster - VfB Stuttgart II

Matt Taylor carries in his goal-scoring run into Saturday's game against Stuttgart II, starting at forward for the Eagles.

Taylor has scored four goals in seven 3. Bundesliga games so far and has been a major factor in Münster's hot start to the season. The Eagles sit in third place with 14 points.

Stuttgart II is not far behind Münster, sitting in fifth place through seven games. The team rides a two-game winning streak into Münster.

Neither team is reporting any injuries at this time.

Stuttgart Kickers - Alemannia Aachen

Royal-Dominique Fennell should start once again in defense for Kickers, as the team hosts Aachen Saturday.

The Kickers want to put a midweek 1-0 loss to Bielefeld behind them. The loss saw the team drop 12th place in the 3.Bundesliga.

Although Aachen lies above the Kickers in the standings, Aachen comes into the game struggling. The team is riding a four-game winless streak into Stuttgart.

The Kickers are not reporting any injuries at this time.

Aachen's Sascha Rösler will miss the rest of the season, as he tore his ACL during the midweek.

SV Darmstadt 98 - 1. FC Heidenheim

Preston Zimmerman should start for Darmstadt against Heidenheim Sunday.

With a tie against Wiesbaden Wednesday, Darmstadt pulled itself out of a relegation place, but with only five goals in seven games, this could be a long fight for the Lilies.

Heidenheim seems like a team in the promotion hunt, sitting behind Münster for the final spot on goal differential only.

Neither team is reporting any injuries at this time.

Notes

Joe Gyau and Andrew Wooten will hope to make St. Pauli's and Sandhausen's lineups, respectively, as the two teams face off Saturday.

Goalkeeper David Yelldell probably won't make Leverkusen's lineup, as he has fallen down on the pecking order.

Alfredo Morales will look to make Hertha Berlin's lineup on Monday, as Hertha takes on 1. Union Berlin in a Berlin rivalry game.
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