PREVIEW: WEEKEND GERMAN ACTION
Michael Bradley will try and power the Foals past Mainz 05 while Daniel Williams will be looking to make his third consecutive start for SC Freiburg.
Mainz 05 – Borussia Mönchengladbach
Michael Bradley and Borussia Mönchengladbach will try and string a winning series together when they travel to play Mainz 05 on Sunday.
After the four-goal offensive breakthrough last weekend against Werder Bremen, Michael Frontzeck and the Foals will arrive in Mainz with their heads high. The unexpected all-star performance from forward Raul Bobadilla has instilled a new confidence in the strike force that Gladbach has to offer.
Gladbach is currently sitting comfortably above the relegation zone and would like to use this opportunity against the promoted Mainz squad to move into the upper half of the standings.
Frontzeck finally has a full-strength squad at his disposal, with the return of Karim Matmour and Rob Friend giving him even more offensive options.
After unsuccessfully trying to park his team in front of the goal last weekend against Bayern Munich, Mainz head coach Thomas Tuchel is looking to get some points at home.
The team will be without Zsolt Low, who underwent ankle surgery this week and one of their top scorers Andreas Ivanschitz who will miss out on suspension due to his fifth yellow card last weekend.
American Jared Jeffrey is still trying to reach match fitness and most likely won't be included in the Mainz squad.
SC Freiburg – FC Schalke
Daniel Williams and SC Freiburg will be at home on Saturday as they take on third-place Schalke.
The Freiburg team had probably hoped that the second half of the season would have started off better. But a tough schedule has given them three straight losses and they will have their work cut out for them if they want to salvage any points at home against Schalke.
The team directed by Felix Magath is in third place in the standings and is in a dogfight with Leverkusen and Bayern Munich for the top spot. Schalke will be playing for the win as the team knows that leaving points against any team might take them out of the running for the Bundesliga title.
Freiburg will still be without defender Pavel Krmas, who is recovering from a calf injury and midfielder Daniel Caligiuri who has a knee injury.
Jermaine Jones is still recovering from a leg injury and won't be travelling with Schalke. The team is also without defenders Heiko Westermann and long-time absentee Christian Pander. The team is hoping that forward Jefferson Farfan recovers from sickness quick enough to be able to play.
Steve Cherundolo is out six weeks with a shoulder injury and won't travel with Hannover as the team takes on Hoffenheim away. Sal Zizzo is still recovering from injury and will also miss out on the game.
Ricardo Clark had a slight set back this week as he suffered a calf strain this week in practice and Frankfurt dead coach Michael Skibbe said it will most likely be weeks before he plays for the Eagles. He definitely won't be on the bench this Sunday when the team travels north to take on Dortmund.
David Yelldell is still recovering from a knee injury and won't be in the TuS Koblenz squad as they travel to Cottbus to take on Energie.
After not being nominated last weekend, Matt Taylor will hope to make it to the bench when FSV Frankfurt hosts Alemannia Aachen on Sunday.
Luis Robles will most likely watch from the bench when FC Kaiserslautern host Paderborn on Sunday.