SCOTT PETERSON - Tuesday, March 25, 2014
It's English week time in the Bundesliga, meaning a full slate of midweek games in the German top flight including Fabian Johnson's Hoffenheim and John Brooks with Berlin.
1899 Hoffenheim - Hannover 96
Fabian Johnson and Hoffenheim will look to make it two victories in as many games as they host Hannover in the Bundesliga on Wednesday night.
After suffering two successive defeats in which four goals were leaked in, Johnson and Hoffenheim scored a big win this past weekend away at Champions League hopefuls Leverkusen.
Johnson chipped in on the late game winner setting up Anthony Modeste to give Hoffenheim the lion's share of the spoils.
Offense has not been a problem for Markus Gisdol's squad with the blues scoring 23 goals in the past ten matches alone.
But until their defensive woes are shored up, there is no chance at any real run at a European place.
Hoffenheim comes into the match in tenth place, one ahead of Wednesday's opponents Hannover, who come in struggling having won just three times in their past ten outings.
Hoffenheim would figure to be catching Hannover at the right time to get the defense in order as the guests will be without top marksman Mama Diouff, who is out with shoulder injury.
Kickoff is scheduled for Wednesday night at 8 p.m.
Hertha Berlin - FC Bayern Munich
John Brooks and Hertha Berlin will try and do the seemingly impossible on Tuesday night - derailing Bayern Munich.
Brooks, who returned to the starting lineup last weekend versus Borussia Mönchengladbach, will have his hands full with the likes of Thomas Müller, Mario Götze, Franck Ribery, Arjen Robben, et al, running at him.
Anything less than a convincing Munich victory would be a surprise given their depth, form and class. Munich is unbeaten in the Bundesliga this season, and has only suffered defeat once falling to Manchester City in the Champions League group stage.
With a 23 point lead over second place Dortmund, Bayern could become the fastest champion in the history of the Bundesliga.
For their part, Berlin is winless in their last four and is in ninth place on 36 points.
Kickoff is slated for Tuesday at 8 p.m. in the German capital.
FC Ingolstadt - VfL Bochum
Alfredo Morales and 13th place Ingolstadt lock horns with 15th place Bochum in 2.Liga play on Tuesday.
After an unlucky draw versus Sankt Pauli last weekend, Morales and company will be looking to find some consistency.
That starts by building upon their last performance and putting any chances of relegation behind them by picking up all three points versus Bochum.
Head coach Ralph Hasenhüttl will be without Marvin Matip and Tomas Hajnal due to injury, while his opposite number, Peter Neureuer, can select from a full complement of players.
Bochum has had consistency issues as well having won just twice in their last ten, while Ingolstadt can count three tallies. As a result both sides find themselves in similar spots in the standings: Ingolstadt stands in 13th place on 31 points, six clear of the drop zone and Bochum is in 15th with 30 points.
Kickoff is set for 8 p.m. Tuesday evening.