MATHEW WAGNER - Saturday, December 13, 2014
Tim Chandler and Eintracht Frankfurt hope to stretch a short winning streak, while Alfredo Morales and Ingolstadt have another matchup of the top two teams in the 2.Bundesliga.
TSG Hoffenheim - Eintracht Frankfurt
Two teams chasing Europe face off when Tim Chandler and Frankfurt head to Hoffenheim on Friday.
Chandler should start at right back for the Adler again.
The Adler are flying high, winning three consecutive matches following a loss to Bayern Munich on November 8, during that stretch, Frankfurt has outscored its opponents by a scoreline of 10-3. Because of that run, the team finds itself in seventh place on 21 points.
Hoffenheim sits one point and one place behind Frankfurt in the standings, but for a different reason. The Sinsheimer have lost four of their last five matches, and despite the perception in Germany that the team plays with reckless abandon going forward, Hoffenheim has found the back of the net just 21 times so far.
Frankfurt will be without the top two goalkeepers in Kevin Trapp and Felix Wiedwald because of an ankle injury and an illness, as well as Constant Djakpa, Carlos Zambrano, Nelson Valdez because of knee injuries. Hoffenheim is not reporting any injuries.
Hertha BSC - Borussia Dortmund
John Anthony Brooks and Hertha BSC host Dortmund on Saturday in a matchup against two struggling teams.
Brooks should start in central defense for the Old Lady, as he has the past three matches.
Hertha's run of four losses in five matches has seen the Berliners drop into 15th place, one spot above the relegation zone. All four of those losses have come against teams in the top 10 places in the Bundesliga, though.
Dortmund may not be in the top half of the standings, but it should be. The Schwarzgelben instead are in 14th place, and have only recorded one win in their last five matches across all competitions. Still, BVB won its Champions League group in spite of a tie with Anderlecht, and its win over Hoffenheim last weekend pulled Dortmund out of the relegation zone.
Hertha will be without Alexander Baumjohann because of a torn ACL, Valentin Stocker because of adductor problems and Tolga Cigerci because of a toe operation, as well as center backs Sebastian Langkamp and Fabian Lustenberger with ankle and adductor injuries. Marco Reus is out for Dortmund with an ankle injury. Meanwhile, Sebastian Kehl, Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Mats Hummels are questionable with a bruised rib, a calf injury and an undisclosed injury.
SV Sandhausen - VfL Bochum
Andrew Wooten and Sandhausen will look to build off a big win when they host Bochum on Friday.
Wooten should start in an attacking position for the Hardtwälder.
Sandhausen picked up a 3-1 win over promotion-chasing Düsseldorf in its last match out. That win gave the Hardtwälder more of a cushion over the relegation zone, now having a four-point advantage over 1860 Munich in the relegation-playoff position.
Bochum, meanwhile, has been in a bit of a freefall, recording just one win in its last nine league matches. Still, Bochum has had three positive results in its last three matches, with the lone loss coming to league-leading Ingolstadt.
Sandhausen will be without Florian Hübner because of a torn thigh muscle, Robert Zillner because of a torn ACL and Timo Achenbach because of a torn calf muscle. Fabian Holthaus, Timo Perthel and Jan Simunek are unavailable for Bochum with a bruised calf, a yellow-card suspension and a shin contusion.
FC Ingolstadt 04 - 1. FC Kaiserslautern
Alfredo Morales and Ingolstadt face yet another top of the 2.Bundesliga clash when they host Kaiserslautern on Sunday.
Morales should start in central midfield for the Schanzer.
Following their first loss of the season, the Schanzer have rebounded nicely, winning two consecutive matches without giving up a single goal. Because of this, Ingolstadt has a five-point lead atop the German second division.
Kaiserslautern will prove to be a tough team to beat, as the Red Devils are on a roll. They have gone nine matches unbeaten to shoot up the standing to second place, even though five of those positive results have been ties.
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. Marcel Gaus and Alexander Ring are out for Kaiserslautern with thigh and knee injuries, respectively.
Julian Green will hope to dress for Hamburg in Freiburg on Saturday.
Fabian Johnson should be in the 18 for Mönchengladbach in Leverkusen on Sunday.
Following surgery earlier this week to repair a torn ACL, Terrence Boyd will miss RasenBallsport Leipzig's match on Friday in Fürth.
With Bobby Wood being demoted to the second team for the past month and a half, he won't dress for 1860 Munich against Karlsruhe in Saturday.
Jerome Kiesewetter should dress for Stuttgart II in Münster on Saturday.
Joe Gyau should be in the 18, while Junior Flores will hope to dress for Dortmund II in Kiel on Saturday.
Royal-Dominique Fennell is suspended for the Stuttgarter Kickers' match against Regensburg on Saturday.