MATHEW WAGNER - Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Steve Cherundolo and Hannover will attempt to put Saturday's demolition from Bayern behind them, while a trio of Americans will face off in the match between Nuremberg and Hoffenheim.
Hannover 96 - SpVgg Greuther Fürth
Steve Cherundolo and Hannover will try to get Saturday's debacle out of their minds when they host Fürth on Tuesday.
Having less than two days to prepare for the league leaders, Hannover couldn't stop the force known as Bayern. The team had no answer for stopping the Bavarians, losing 5-0 and dropping into eighth place in the league.
Despite tying Nuremberg in a goalless draw over the weekend, Fürth's winless streak stretched to 11 matches. The team continues to occupy 17th place, firmly in the relegation zone with little to suggestion that the team will leave it any time soon.
Midfielder Lars Stindl and forward Mohammad Abdellaoue are out for Hannover because of yellow card accumulation and back problems, while Fürth will be without Sercan Sararer because of a red card suspension.
Hamburger SV - FC Schalke 04
Jermaine Jones and Schalke will look to put themselves back on track for a possible title challenge against Hamburg on Tuesday.
Following a win against Nuremberg on October 27, Schalke sat in second place in the Bundesliga, only four points behind leader Bayern. The Royal Blues have cooled off since then, recording only four points in the last four league matches, and the team has dropped below rivals Dortmund into third place.
Hamburg has played better than expected to start the season. Last year, Hamburg struggled mightily and almost was relegated, but through 13 matches, Hamburg sits in 10th place. The team hasn't played well as of late, however, also recording four points in the last four matches.
Hamburg comes limping into the match, as the team is riddled with injuries. Rafael van der Vaart's torn hamstring is the biggest lost, and the Dutchman is joined by forward Heung-Min Son, midfielders Petr Jiracek and Jacopo Sala and defender Slobodan Rajkovic because of a thigh muscle tear, pubic bone inflammation and muscle fiber tears.
Midfielders Ibrahim Afellay, Marco Höger and Christoph Moritz are out for Schalke due to a fiber tear, a syndesmosis tear and a foot contusion, respectively.
1. FC Nuremberg - TSG 1899 Hoffenheim
A trio of Americans square off, when Tim Chandler and Nuremberg host Fabian Johnson, Danny Williams and Hoffenheim on Wednesday.
Both teams could be in the relegation battle late into the season, as evidenced by their starts. Chandler and Nuremberg already went through six matches without a win earlier and currently ride a three-match winless streak, leaving the team in 15th place.
Nuremberg has a one-point lead in the standings over its opponent. Hoffenheim has struggled with consistency through 13 matches, tying both teams below it in the standings (Fürth and Augsbirg) and beating third place Schalke. Because of these consistency problems, Hoffenheim sits in 16th place and the promotion playoff spot.
While Chandler and Johnson will start, it seems that Williams has lost his starting spot for now. The American defensive midfielder should be an option off the bench for coach Markus Babble, though.
Nuremberg will be without Markus Feulner due to a red card in Nuremberg 0-0 tie against Fürth last weekend, while Hoffenheim will be without under-fire goalkeeper Tim Wiese due to a knee injury.
Eintracht Braunschweig - FC St. Pauli
American winger Joe Gyau looks set to make his second start in a row, as St. Pauli travels to 2.Bundesliga leader Braunschweig on Wednesday.
Since making the loan move from Hoffenheim to the Hamburg team, Gyau has struggled to find the field, making six appearances in 16 matches. Despite the difficulty in finding playing time, Gyau started in last weekend's 4-1 win over reeling Duisberg, making enough of an impression to start again.
While running away from the league at one point, Braunschweig has slowed down a little, dropping seven points in the team's last five matches. The team has seen the lead drop to only two points over second place Hertha Berlin.
St. Pauli forward Daniel Ginczek will miss the match due to yellow card accumulation, while Braunschweig midfielder Norman Theuerkauf will miss due to a red card suspension.
Forward Andrew Wooten will hope to feature for Sandhausen on Wednesday against Energie Cottbus.
Defender Alfredo Morales shouldn't find the field for Hertha Berlin against Cologne on Thursday.