BRI-MATHIAS HODGE - Thursday, February 18, 2010
Daniel Williams is expected to continue his rapid rise when Freiburg have a great opportunity to pick up points Sunday while Michael Bradley and Borussia take on Hoffenheim.
1899 Hoffenheim - Borussia Mönchengladbach
Michael Bradley and his Borussia teammates will try to break their recent road jinx when they travel to Hoffenheim on Friday night.
The Foals have only picked up a single point in their last four road games, with the single tie coming against last-placed Hertha Berlin in the capital.
Hoffenheim meanwhile have been even worse, notching a paltry five points from their previous ten games.
Right back Tobias Levels will be once again available for selection by Gladbach coach Michael Frontzeck, but defensive midfielder Throben Marx and former Leverkusen defender Jan-Ingwer Callsen-Bracker will both be missing due to injuries.
The hosts will have to make due without Sejad Salihovic and Luiz Gusavo Dias due to yellow and red card suspensions respectively.
The two teams are tied on points, but Hoffenheim has a plus-eight goal differential advantage that ranks them two spots ahead of their guests at ninth in the Bundesliga standings.
SC Freiburg - Hertha Berlin
Freiburg youngster Daniel Williams is expected to start at right back for the fifth straight week as the the southerners try to gain some breathing room away from the relegation zone when they welcome cellar dwellars Hertha to the Badenova Stadion on Sunday.
Freiburg will have to bounce back quickly after last weekend's last second loss to Frankfurt left them only two point above Hannover and the relegation playoff slot.
The capital club will be missing their first half stalwart midfielder Gojko Kacar who is recovering from a knee injury.
Freiburg will have to do without defender Heiko Butscher who has a quadricep tear and first choice goalkeeper Manual Salz who has been experiencing back problems for much of the season.
Steve Cherundolo is still out with a shoulder injury and will miss Hannover's trip to Dortmund on Saturday.
Ricardo Clark will have to wait even longer to make his Eintracht Frankfurt debut as the new signing will miss this weekend's trip to Hamburg with a calf injury.
Jared Jeffrey is not expected to play a role for Mainz as he gets into game shape following a winter transfer when the Mardi Gras club take on Bochum at home.
Jermaine Jones is still rehabilitating a broken leg and will not dress up for Schalke when they take on Wolfsburg on Sunday.
Matt Taylor can only hope to make the bench for FSV Frankfurt when they match up with Karlsruhe on Sunday afternoon after having not appeared for the last month.
David Yelldell might make the bench but is not expected to start after recovering from a MCL injury as Koblenz makes a trip to Berlin to face 1. FC Union Berlin on Friday night.
Luis Robles will watch from Kaiserslautern's bench for the second consecutive Monday night, this time at home against St. Pauli.