PREVIEW: WEEKEND GERMAN ACTION
Two German-Americans could face each other in the German capital, while Alfredo Morales and Ingolstadt are hoping to get out of the relegation zone.
FC Nürnberg - SC Freiburg
In a matchup of two struggling teams, Tim Chandler and Nürnberg host Freiburg on Saturday.
Nürnberg still hasn't won a match yet this season can currently sits in the relegation-playoff position with seven points. Under a new coach for the first time last week, Der Club managed to get a draw for the fifth time in the last six matches.
Freiburg shocked everybody last season by qualifying for Europe, but dealing with a European campaign has proven to be too much for the Breisgau Brazilians.
Freiburg is riding a six-match winless run across all competitions and has won just one match in the last 10.
Timo Gebhart is out for Der Club because of a groin injury and a team suspension, while Mensur Mujdza will miss for Freiburg with a thigh injury.
Hertha Berlin - FC Schalke 04
Two German-Americans could square off John Anthony Brooks and Hertha Berlin meet Jermaine Jones and Schalke in the German capital.
Back in the Bundesliga this season, the Berliners are enjoying their stay so far. Hertha has recorded 15 out of a possible 30 points through 10 matches, and the team currently sits in fourth place in the German top division. In terms of Brooks, he should be back on the bench after making a rehab stint with the reserve team last weekend.
Jones and Schalke come into the match trying to overturn a two-match losing streak, including a big rivalry loss last weekend against Dortmund and a midweek Champions League loss to Chelsea. The Royal Blues allowed three goals in each match while struggling to find the back of the net, scoring just one goal.
Schalke will be without Klaas Jan Huntelaar, Kyriakos Papadopoulos and Marco Höger because of knee injuries, while Jefferson Farfan will miss because of an abductor muscle injury.
Alexander Baumjohann will be the only missing piece for Berlin, as his season ended with a torn ACL in September.
SC Paderborn 07 - FC Ingolstadt 04
Alfredo Morales and Paderborn look to break the trend and get out of the relegation zone against high-flying Paderborn on Friday in 2. Bundesliga action.
In Ingolstadt's last five matches, the team has won three matches, and a loss followed each of the first two wins. If the trend were to continue, Ingolstadt should be in line for a loss this weekend, but the Schanzer are hoping that can change.
Doing so against Paderborn this weekend could prove difficult, considering Paderborn is riding a three-match winning streak into this weekend.
Those three wins came against teams in the top 10 of the standings (St. Pauli, FSV Frankfurt and Düsseldorf), and the streak has propelled the team into sixth place.
Ingolstadt will not have Almog Cohen and Ümit Korkmaz for the match because of a red-card suspension and an ankle injury, respectively.
Rick ten Voorde will not be available for Paderborn with a stomach infection.
Preußen Münster - Hansa Rostock
Matt Taylor and Münster will hope to get back on track when they host Hansa Rostock on Friday.
Taylor and the Eagles had a four-match unbeaten streak ended last weekend against second-place Darmstadt, when the Lilies shellacked them, 4-0.
The loss stopped Münster's attempt to put some distance between it and the relegation zone, as the Eagles only hold a three-point cushion.
Hansa Rostock, meanwhile, ended a six-match winless streak last weekend, giving that team some momentum going into Friday night's match.
The Eagles can take heart in the fact that during Rostock's losing streak, it lost to two teams below Münster in the standings.
Rostock will be without Sebastian Pelzer, Milorad Pekovic and Halil Savran because of a contusion on a metatarsal bone, a red-card suspension and a broken cheekbone.
Münster is not reporting any significant injuries.
Fabian Johnson's inclusion in Hoffenheim's team against Bayern Munich on Saturday is questionable, as he continues to recover from an ankle injury.
Steve Cherundolo doesn't seem likely to dress when Hannover travels to Bremen on Sunday. The injured defender is still recovering from off-season knee surgery.
Andrew Wooten will hope to dress for Kaiserslautern on Saturday when the Red Devils host St. Pauli.
On Sunday, Bobby Wood should occupy a spot on 1860 Munich's bench when the Löwen square off with Dresden at Allianz Arena.
Royal-Dominique Fennell should dress for the Stuttgarter Kickers on Saturday at Duisburg in 3.Liga action.