MATHEW WAGNER - Tuesday, September 23, 2014
In an "English week," Fabian Johnson and Mönchengladbach host Julian Green and Hamburg, while Andrew Wooten will look to continue his hot streak against Bobby Wood and 1860 Munich.
Borussia Mönchengladbach - Hamburger SV
Two German-Americans could square off when Fabian Johnson and Mönchengladbach host Julian Green and Hamburg on Wednesday.
Johnson should start on the left wing for the Fohlen, while Green should dress and could start for the Dino.
Mönchengladbach has yet to lose a match this season across all competitions, including two draws the past week in the Europa League and the Bundesliga. The Fohlen did let a chance to go top of the league slip over the weekend in their scoreless tie against local rival Köln.
Hamburg's inability to find the back of the net is quite troubling, considering the Dino finds itself in 17th place with a whopping two points. Despite this, the atmosphere in Hamburg seems to be better than this time last week after a scoreless tie against Bayern Munich on the weekend.
Hamburg will not have Maximilian Beister, Ivo Ilicevic and Rafael van der Vaart available because of a recovery from meniscus surgery, muscular problems and calf issues. Mönchengladbach is not reporting any injuries at this time.
Hertha BSC - VfL Wolfsburg
John Anthony Brooks and Hertha BSC will hope the friendly confines of the Olympiastadion in Berlin can lead to the first win of the season when they Wolfsburg on Wednesday.
Brooks should in the running to start in central defense for Hertha coach Jos Luhukay.
Defense has been an issue for the Old Lady through the first four league matches of the season. The team has allowed 11 goals so far, with no opponent scoring less than two goals in a match, and that has kept the team from recording just two points.
Wolfsburg, meanwhile, may have recovered from what has been a slow start to the season across all competitions, winning its first match in regulation this past weekend against Leverkusen. Prior to that, the Wolves went winless the previous four matches, including losses to Everton and Bayern Munich.
Sebastian Langkamp, Marvin Plattenhardt, Alexander Baumjohann, Tolga Cigerci and Nico Schulz are out for Hertha because of an ankle injury, hip injury, a torn cruciate ligament, a toe injury and a red-card suspension, respectively. Wolfsburg will not have Patrick Ochs and Christian Träsch available with a torn ACL and a shoulder injury.
FC Ingolstadt 04 - Erzgebirge Aue
Alfredo Morales and Ingolstadt will look to retake the top spot in the 2.Bundesliga standings when they host Aue on Tuesday.
Morales should start in central midfield as he has all season long for the Schanzer.
Ingolstadt has really turned things around under coach Ralph Hasenhüttl in the past year. The Schanzer are currently in second place in the league with 12 points and haven't lost a match through six matches.
Unlike Ingolstadt, Aue has had a rough start to the 2014-2015 season, not recording a single win until this past Saturday against St. Pauli. That was also, in fact, the first non-loss of the season for Aue, which still sits in last place in the German second tier.
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. Nils Miatke is out for Aue with a torn groin muscle.
SV Sandhausen - TSV 1860 Munich
Andrew Wooten will try to continue his hot streak when Sandhausen plays Bobby Wood and 1860 Munich on Tuesday.
Wooten should start at forward for SVS, while Wood should be a bench option for the Sechziger.
Before the past two weekends, Sandhausen couldn't record a win, thanks to a rate of two goals in four matches. The goal-scoring tally hasn't gotten much better in the past two matches, but Wooten has fired SVS to two straight 1-0 wins.
The Sechziger have had just a little more luck than their opponent. Munich is riding a four-match unbeaten streak, but it has picked up one less point than Sandhausen because of three ties the Löwen have recorded so far this season.
Sandhausen will be without Leart Paqarada, Ranisav Jovanovic and Nicky Adler because of shoulder, knee and groin injuries, respectively, while Dominik Stahl and Stephan Hain are nursing knee injuries and are out for 1860 Munich.
Stuttgarter Kickers - SpVgg Unterhaching
Royal-Dominique Fennell and the Stuttgarter Kickers host Unterhaching on Tuesday in an attempt to return its winning ways.
Fennell should start in central defense for the Kickers.
After climbing into first place three matches ago, the Kickers have struggled and fallen in the standings to fifth place tanks to a loss and a draw in the past two matches. Still, the Kickers are only four points out of the top spot and just one out of a promotion spot.
Unterhaching might be just the team against which the Kickers can right the ship. Unterhaching has recorded 12 points already, but only one of those has come in the last five matches. In that five-match stretch, Haching played three of the top six in the current 3.Liga standings, though.
The Kickers will be without Daniel Engelhart as he continues to recover from heart surgery, and Mario Erb and Jonas Hummels are out for Haching with a capsel injury and a torn ACL.
Jahn Regensburg - Holstein Kiel
Marc Heider and Holstein Kiel will attempt to end a four-match winless streak when they travel to Regensburg on Wednesday.
Heider should start in left midfield for the Storks, who are currently in 15th place with 10 points in 10 matches.
The Storks have struggled on offense as of late, leading to the recent slide. They have netted just 10 goals so far, which is tied for worst goal total in the German third division, but Kiel still has a goal differential of -1.
Kiel will hope to end those goal-scoring issues against the worst defense in the 3.Liga. Regensburg has given up 22 goals in 10 matches, and because of this, it sits in 19th place with just eight points so far.
Kiel will be without Marcel Gebers because of an Achilles tendon injury and Jaroslaw Linder because of a charley horse. Stephan Loboue and Sebastian Nachreiner are out with shoulder and ankle injuries, respectively.
Caleb Stanko is unavailable for Freiburg's Tuesday clash against Hoffenheim.
Tim Chandler should be in the 18 when Eintracht Frankfurt hosts local rival Mainz on Tuesday.
Joe Gyau could either be with Dortmund's first team against Stuttgart or with the second team in Duisburg on Wednesday.
Terrence Boyd still hasn't completely recovered from his knee injury and will miss RasenBallsport Leipzig's match against Karlsruhe on Wednesday.
Jerome Kiesewetter should dress for Stuttgart II on Wednesday at Bielefeld.