CLINT WADDELL - Friday, April 1, 2011
Steve Cherundolo and Hannover take on Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund on Saturday while Ricardo Clark and Eintracht Frankfurt do battle with VfL Wolfsburg on Sunday.
Borussia Dortmund - Hannover 96
Steve Cherundolo will be in the backline for Hannover when the team travels to take on Dortmund on Saturday.
If history is to be trusted, there will be no lack of goals in Dortmund on Saturday. In all 39 of the games between these two teams, at least two goals have been scored.
It will also be one of the last chances to put the league-leaders within plausible reach before the end of the season. But Hannover has managed to surprise everyone this season and a good showing on Saturday will reduce Dortmund's lead on the rest of the pack.
DaMarcus Beasley is still waiting to make his fifth appearance for 96 - his last one coming way back in November against Freiburg.
Hannover will just be without young goalkeeper Ron-Robert Zieler, who has a shoulder injury.
Dortmund is still without Japanese midfielder Shinji Kagawa, who is recovering from a broken foot.
VfL Wolfsburg - Eintracht Frankfurt
Ricardo Clark will most likely be in defensive midfield for Frankfurt when the team travels to take on Wolfsburg on Sunday.
Both Wolfsburg and Frankfurt pulled the plug on their head coaches after a free fall had put them in and near the relegation zone.
Wolfsburg went back to Felix Magath, who had success with the club just a few years ago. Magath was kicked out at Schalke after major disagreements with nearly everyone.
Christoph Daum has been put in charge at Frankfurt and it looks like Clark was the first one to benefit from switch. Daum looks set to rely on the midfielder's work ethic down the home stretch.
Wolfsburg will be without defender Peter Pekarik, who is serving a suspension and midfielder Cigerci, who is recovering from a broken foot.
Frankfurt is still without injured defenders Chris and Alexander Vasoski.
SpVgg Greuther Fürth - MSV Duisburg
David Yelldell will be between the posts for Duisburg when the team travels to take on Greuther Fürth on Saturday.
Yelldell made his debut for the US national team this past week when they faced Paraguay. Following this career highlight, he and the rest of the Zebras have their work cut for them if they want any chance of moving up to the Bundesliga.
Duisburg has slowly slipped down the rankings and is currently in seventh place. They can't afford any more slip-ups in the last two months of the season.
Duisburg is still without midfielders Julian Koch and Ivica Grlic – who are both recovering from injuries.
Along with goalie Max Grün, who is sidelined till the end of the season, Fürth will be without defenders Kim Falkenberg and Stephan Schröck, as well as forward Christopher Nöthe.
Rot Weiss Ahlen - FC Saarbrücken
Matt Taylor will be up front for Ahlen when the team hosts Saarbrücken on Saturday.
With 13 goals so far this season, Taylor has been the backbone to the Ahlen offense. And if the team wants to move forward, this game would be the perfect opportunity.
Just four points away from relegation zone, Ahlen takes on one of their direct competitors in Saarbrücken. A win this weekend will help catapult them away from danger.
Ahlen will just be missing defender Marcel Busch.
Saarbrücken will be without its injured defenders Kai Gehring and Marcus Mann as well as midfielder Stephan Sieger and forward Velimir Grgic – both due to suspension.
After an impressive debut for the US national team this past week, Timothy Chandler will have to miss out when FC Nürnberg takes on Cologne on Sunday. The defender is serving a suspension due to a red card he picked up against Bremen.
Daniel Williams is still recovering from a knee injury and won't travel with SC Freiburg when the team takes on Mainz on Saturday.
Edson Buddle will most likely start on the bench for FC Ingolstadt when the team travels to take on Cottbus on Friday. The forward returned to Germany early to train with the team as they prepare for the relegation struggle ahead.
Luis Robles will most likely start on the bench once again for Karlsruher SC when they host VfL Osnabrück on Friday.
Alfred Morales will be looking for playing time when Hertha BSC hosts SC Paderborn on Sunday.
American forward Bobby Wood will be looking to for minutes with his club 1860 Munich when the team travels to take on Aachen on Sunday.