CLINT WADDELL - Tuesday, December 21, 2010
The next round of German Cup games could mean the next start for Frankfurt's Ricardo Clark and David Yelldell and MSV Duisburg will try and shut out struggling FC Cologne.
FC Cologne - MSV Duisburg
David Yelldell will be in goal for Duisburg when the team travels down the Rhein River to take on FC Cologne on Wednesday.
Duisburg seems to have hit a scoring drought at just the wrong time. The Zebras have only scored once in their last three games and have lost twice.
The German cup pairings could, however, have been a lot worse. Milan Sasic and his team will be facing a Cologne team that is in mid-season transition.
Sitting just shy of the automatic relegation spot, Cologne is working with an interim coach, a new sporting director (who doesn't start until February) and is planning on unloading several players over the winter break.
One of these is the Colombian goalkeeper Faryd Mondragon, who will be playing his last game in Cologne before heading to Philadelphia to play in MLS.
Cologne will be without Portuguese midfielder Petit as well as Slovenian forward Milivoje Novakovic.
Sasic should have a full squad to choose from for Duisburg.
Alemannia Aachen - Eintracht Frankfurt
After a good outing last weekend, Ricardo Clark might return to the starting line-up for Frankfurt when the team travels to take on Aachen on Wednesday.
It must have felt good to be Ricardo Clark this past weekend. His first start of the season helped Frankfurt do what only one other club could so far this season – beat Dortmund.
Michael Skibbe's team has relied heavily on just one person this season for offensive firepower – and that is Theofanis Gekas. The Greek forward has scored 14 goals in the league (for those keeping track at home, that is more than half of the team's total) and added another two in the German cup. They will be looking for him to put away Aachen as well.
Alemannia Aachen is sitting in the middle of the standings in the second league and will be looking for a big push from the home crowd to make it to the next round.
Frankfurt is still without starting goalkeeper Oka Nikolov as well as defenders Chris, Marco Russ and Maik Franz.
Aachen will be without midfielders Florian Müller and Alper Uludag and forward Markus Daun.
Michael Bradley didn't travel with Borussia Mönchengladbach on Monday as the team heads to Hoffenheim for the next round of the German Cup. He was still feeling pain in his ankle after picking up a knock in Friday's game against Hamburg. However, it looks as though it is nothing too serious and the US midfielder was able to make the trip later although it is unsure if he will play from begin on.
The he-said / he-said between head coach Felix Magath and US midfielder Jermaine Jones continues in the German media, meaning Jones won't be suiting up for Schalke on Tuesday when the team travels to Augsburg for the next round of German Cup action.