PREVIEW: WEEKEND GERMAN ACTION
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MATHEW WAGNER - Monday, September 24, 2012
Jermaine Jones and Schalke look to bounce back from a tough loss to Bayern Munich, while Matt Taylor and Münster have an opportunity to take the top spot in the 3.Bundesliga standings.

FC Schalke 04 - 1. FSV Mainz 05

Jermaine Jones and Schalke look to bounce back from a tough loss over the weekend against Mainz Tuesday.

Although the defensive midfielder was questionable for the weekend game, Jones started for Schalke against Bayern Munich and should do so again against Mainz. This will be Jones' sixth game in 18 days for both his club team and national team.

Saturday's 2-0 loss to league-leading Bayern ended a three-game winning streak for Schalke, and the team will hope that Mainz will prove to be a good bounce back team, though Mainz ended a three-game winless streak of its own against Augsburg over the weekend.

Scahlke is not reporting any injuries at this time. Midfielder Marcel Risse will miss for Mainz with a torn muscle fiber injury.

VfB Stuttgart - TSG 1899 Hoffenheim

After posting their first win Sunday, Fabian Johnson, Danny Williams and Hoffenheim travel to Stuttgart Wednesday to face one of the two teams still winless in the German top division.

Johnson and Williams both scored in Hoffenheim's 3-1 win over Hannover, giving Hoffenheim its first points of the season. Both players should start once again, as Johnson has started all four games at left back and Williams has started at defensive midfield since returning from international duty earlier this month.

Participating in the Europa league as well as the Bundesliga, Stuttgart has yet to find its stride in the German league. After losing its first two games, Stuttgart managed ties against promoted Düsseldorf and struggling Werder Bremen, leading to it being in 17th place.

First-choice goalkeeper Tim Wiese is out for Hoffenheim again because of torn muscle fiber.

Forward Martin Harnik will miss for Stuttgart because of the yellow-red card he received over the weekend, while defender Tim Hoogland continues to recover from multiple torn ligaments in his ankle.

Hannover 96 - 1. FC Nürnberg

Looking to rebound after a tough loss Sunday, Steve Cherundolo and Hannover face a tough task against Nürnberg Wednesday.

Hannover started the season on fire offensively, scoring at least three goals in each of its first three league games, but the team cooled off in its 3-1 loss to Hoffenheim Sunday. Including Europa League games, Hannover has scored 27 goals in nine games.

Like Hannover, Nürnberg has had a hot start to the Bundesliga season, sitting in sixth place through fourth games. Unlike Hannover, however, Nürnberg's defense has powered its hot start, allowing only five goals thus far.

Defender Christian Pander will miss once again for Hannover due to muscle problems, while forward Artur Sobiech is questionable because of a capsular injury on a back side of his right knee.

Nürnberg is not reporting any significant injuries at this time.

Alemannia Aachen - Preußen Münster

Matt Taylor and Münster ride a six-game unbeaten streak into Aachen Tuesday, looking to go top of the standings in the 3.Bundesliga.

Taylor opened his goal account once again in Münster's 4-0 win over now third-place Bielefeld, recording his fifth goal of the season. The win put Münster into second place, one point behind Unterhaching in first.

Aachen shouldn't be too difficult for Münster, as Aachen rides a six-game winless streak into the game. Five of those six games were losses, including the last three in a row, and Aachen sits perilously low in the standings in 17th place.

Neither team is reporting any injuries at this time.

Kickers Offenbach - Stuttgarter Kickers

In this matchup of Kickers, Royal-Dominique Fennell and Stuttgart travel to Offenbach Wednesday.

Fennell should start at center back for the Swabians, having started all games for Stuttgart so far this season.

The Swabians fell 2-1 to Saarbrücken over the weekend, ending a stretch of five out of six games in which Stuttgart picked up points. Stuttgart currently sits in 12th place in the 3.Bundesliga.

The other Kickers from Offenbach are on fire, however, and should prove a tough task for Fennell and Stuttgart. Offenbach is unbeaten in its last six league games, recording all 12 of its points to jump into 13th place.

Neither team is reporting any injuries at this time.

Notes

Forward Preston Zimmerman is questionable for Darmstadt's matchup with Osnabrück Wednesday.

Andrew Wooten will hope to make the bench for Sandhausen's game against Regensburg Tuesday.

Joe Gyau could make St. Pauli's bench Tuesday against Aalen.

American defender Alfredo Morales shouldn't feature for Hertha Berlin in its game against Dresden Wednesday.

Goalkeeper David Yelldell will not feature for Bayer Leverkusen against Augsburg.

Forward Jerome Kiesewetter shouldn't feature for Stuttgart II against Rostock Tuesday.
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