DAVID SMITH - Monday, August 1, 2011
Amaechi Igwe and Babelsberg will look to get over their German cup defeat when they host Rot-Weiss Erufurt while Preston Zimmerman and Darmstadt pay a midweek visit to VfR Aalen in 3. Liga action.
SV Babelsberg 03 - Rot-Weiss Erfurt
With the sting of their weekend loss to Duisburg in German Cup action still present, Amaechi Igwe and Babelsberg will look to take all three points on Tuesday evening when they host Rot-Weiss Erfurt.
Babelsberg were clearly over-matched in their 2-0 loss to Duisburg over the weekend, however can now focus solely on what will surely be a tough season in the 3. Liga.
Babelsberg were promoted from the Regionalliga Nord last season after a strong first-place finish, however the grueling 38-game schedule now awaiting them will be anything but a cakewalk.
They were unable to hold onto a first-half lead in their season-opening game in Regensburg one week prior, and are surely in for a difficult night as they host Erfurt, who are currently atop the division after their 3-0 win over Jena in their first game.
Erfurt could also have an upper hand in terms of fitness, as they did not take part in the weekend's cup action, making this promotion contender a tough task for Igwe and his teammates.
After receiving his work permit, the American made his debut for the team against Duisburg in the midfield, but will likely be shifted to his customary defensive position for Tuesday's contest.
Babelsberg will be without midfielder Christian Groß, who is out while undergoing evaluation on a knee injury.
Erfurt are missing forwards Fikri El Haj Ali and Serge Yohoua, both recovering from knee problems.
VfR Aalen - SV Darmstadt 98
Preston Zimmerman will likely be in the starting lineup for Darmstadt on Tuesday as they look for their first points of the season on their trip south to VfR Aalen.
With one game played in the season, both Darmstadt and Aalen are rooted near the bottom of the 3. Liga standings.
Darmstadt lost a tight 1-0 game at home to recent 2. Bundesliga team Osnabrück, while Aalen started off what will likely be another season-long fight against relegation with a 2-0 defeat on the road to Sandhausen.
Zimmerman earned the start in midfield for that game, and will likely make a return to head coach Kosta Runjaic's lineup on Tuesday as they try to keep from falling too far into the league's cellar.
Darmstadt are only missing striker Oliver Heil, who is out with an injury to his Achilles tendon.
Aalen must make do without defender Benjamin Barg and midfielder Martin Dausch, both with pulled muscles.