MATHEW WAGNER - Thursday, January 29, 2015
The winter break is finally over in Germany, with Tim Chandler and Eintracht Frankfurt's trip to Freiburg highlighting the weekend for Americans.
SC Freiburg - Eintracht Frankfurt
Tim Chandler and Frankfurt will hope the winter break did them some good when they travel to Freiburg on Saturday.
Chandler should start at right back for the Adler as he did the previous eight matches.
In the Hinrunde, Frankfurt was a streaky team. After picking up seven points during the first three matches, the Adler have had a losing streak of five matches and also a winning streak of three. They were on the wrong kind of streak heading into the break, going three matches winless.
Even though Frankfurt needed the break, Freiburg seemed to need it more. The Breisgau-Brazilians finished the Hinrunde with six winless matches, and they sit in last place with just 15 points. Freiburg has managed to punch above its weight since 2009 when the team earned promotion into the top German division and hasn't been relegated.
Frankfurt will not have Constant Djakpa and Nelson Valdez available because of torn ACLs, while Aleksander Ignjovski will miss with the flu. Marc-Oliver Kempf and Pavel Krmas are out for Freiburg with muscular problems, while Stefan Mitrovic and American Caleb Stanko will also miss because of a torn muscle and an ACL injury, respectively.
Fabian Johnson will dress but will probably be on the bench on Saturday as Mönchengladbahc plays in Stuttgart.
Julian Green will hope to dress for Hamburg on Saturday against Köln.
With the return of Fabian Lustenberger and Sebastian Langkamp, John Anthony Brooks will likely be relegated to the bench when Hertha BSC travels to Bremen on Sunday.