PREVIEW: WEEKEND GERMAN ACTION
Bobby Wood and 1860 Munich will look to get off the schneid, while Joe Gyau will hope to continue his good start to the season with Dortmund II.
1. FC Heidenheim - TSV 1860 Munich
Bobby Wood and 1860 Munich will hope to post their first positive result of the 2.Bundesliga season when they travel to Heidenheim on Friday.
Wood should be in the starting lineup for the Löwen, as he has for all three competitive matches across all competitions in this early season.
The start of this season hasn't been the one 1860 Munich envisioned during the summer, losing two embarrassing matches in the 2.Bundesliga and having to come from behind to beat third-division team Holstein Kiel in the first round of the DFB Pokal. Add in some drama involving a few players partying after a bad loss and the Sechziger are in serious need to get off the schneid in the league.
Heidenheim, meanwhile, is enjoying a solid start to the 2014-2015 season after earning promotion into the German second division. The team has already recorded a win in the league and also beat fellow 2.Bundesliga team Union Berlin in the DFB Pokal last weekend.
Still recovering from thigh injuries, Guillermo Vallori and Grzegorz Wojtkowiak are out for 1860 Munich, while Dominik Stahl is dealing with ankle problems. Heidenheim's Alper Bagceci will miss the match with a shoulder injury.
FC Ingolstadt 04 - SpVgg Greuther Fürth
Alfredo Morales and Ingolstadt will look to rebound from a tough loss when they host Greuther Fürth on Sunday.
Morales should start in central midfield once again for die Schanzer.
Ingolstadt has yet to record a win this season in league and the DFB Pokal, drawing its two league matches and losing on penalty kicks to 10-man Offenbach Kickers of the German fourth tier in the cup. The Schanzer haven't played bad, but just can't seem to see out matches for a win.
Greuther Fürth fell just short of earning promotion back to the Bundesliga last season, losing the promotion playoff to Hamburg. This made Fürth a preseason favorite for promotion, and the Kleeblätter have proven those expectations correct so far, picking up four points through two matches.
Ingolstadt will be without Ralph Gunesch and Christian Eigler while recovering from knee surgeries, Leon Jessen because of an ankle injury and Almog Cohen because of a shin injury. Fürth, meanwhile, will be without Zsolt Korcsmar, Florian Mohr, Ilir Azemi and Johannes Wurtz because of a thigh injury, a knee injury, a hip injury and Patella tendon problems.
SG Sonnenhof Großaspach - Borussia Dotmund II
After having last weekend off, Joe Gyau and Dortmund II return to action Friday on the road against Großaspach.
Gyau should start for the Schwarzgelben, while fellow American Junior Flores will hope to make the 18 for Dortmund II.
Dortmund II has enjoyed a solid start to the season, its second in the 3.Liga. The Schwarzgelben have recorded seven points through their first four matches, putting them in fifth place in the league and continuing to hold the title of best reserve team in Germany.
Like it opponent, Großaspach has experienced a good start to this season, recording five points and sitting in the middle of the 3.Liga standings. This is the club's first season in the German third division and the highest the 20-year-old club has ever been in the German soccer pyramid.
Dortmund will be without Jeremy Dudziak, Steffen Göcke and Nick Weber because of a shoulder injury, a broken hand and a torn Patella tendon. Robin Binder is out for Großaspach with a torn ACL.
Hallescher FC - Stuttgarter Kickers
One week after playing a Bundesliga team, Royal-Dominique Fennell and the Stuttgarter Kickers return to their own division to at Halle on Saturday.
Fennell, who seemed to struggle with the speed of Dortmund's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in the DFB Pokal last weekend, should start once again in defense.
The Kickers ended last season on a high and haven't missed a step to start this new season, sitting in sixth place with seven points so far. It helps that they have played two newly promoted teams and another that is sitting in the relegation zone at the moment.
Halle is one of a number of teams that have recorded four points through the first four league matches, all of them sitting just above the relegation zone. The team struggles with creating goals, as opponents have shut them out twice already this season.
The Kickers will be without Daniel Engelbrecht, as he continues to recover from a heart operation. Ivica Banovic with a heel injury and Toni Lindenhahn and Björn Ziegenbein are out for Halle.
With all the injuries Bayern has, Julian Green could find himself in the 18 as Bayern host Wolfsburg to open the season on Friday.
John Anthony Brooks should dress for Hertha BSC when the Old Lady opens the season against Wolfsburg on Saturday.
Tim Chandler should be in Eintracht Frankfurt's opener against Freiburg, for which American Caleb Stanko probably won't dress, on Saturday.
Fabian Johnson should be a bench option for Lucien Favre when Mönchengladbach hosts Stuttgart on Sunday.
Andrew Wooten should make the 18 for Sandhausen's match at St. Pauli on Friday.
Terrence Boyd will miss another match for RasenBallsport Leipzig on Friday when the Roten Bullen host Aue.
Jerome Kiesewetter should dress for Stuttgart II on Friday at Wiesbaden.
Marc Heider is out for Holstein Kiel's matchup against Cottbus on Saturday with a torn thigh muscle.