PREVIEW: MIDWEEK GERMAN ACTION
Michael Bradley, Steve Cherundolo and DaMarcus Beasley will all be looking to get their teams going in midweek Bundesliga action.
Hannover 96 - Werder Bremen
Steve Cherundolo will try and solidify the defense and DaMarcus Beasley will be looking to spark the offense when Hannover 96 host Werder Bremen on Tuesday.
There weren't very many highlights to talk about in Hannover's first loss of the season as the offense never got things going and the team was stuck waiting for to make mistakes. 96 is now at home again facing a very inconsistent Bremen team that has played both brilliantly and horribly so far this season.
Bremen also lost this past weekend to league leaders Mainz. Their performance bordered on disinterest as the team shied away from challenges and allowed too many easy passes and combinations. The team will need to play with more spirit if they want to return home with a win.
Hannover is still without midfielders Carlitos, Leon Andreasen and Altin Lala with respective knee, groin and hip injuries, as well as defender Mario Eggiman who is out with a hip injury.
Bremen is missing a trio of defenders, with Sebastian Boenisch, Per Mertesacker and Naldo all out. The team will also be without forward Claudio Pizarro.
Borussia Mönchengladbach - St. Pauli
Michael Bradley will try and get the Gladbach engine back in gear as the team faces St. Pauli at home on Wednesday.
Gladbach officials have said that the 6-3 win against Leverkusen two weeks ago was a curse in disguise. Eleven goals against and two losses later, you can begin to understand why.
The team's 7-0 drubbing this past weekend to previously winless Stuttgart was about as bad as it can get. The team showed no hustle and little heart and went down without a challenge. It will be interesting to see if head coach Michael Frontzeck will be able to get his team motivated just four days after that demolition.
St. Pauli, on the other hand, has to feel pretty confident after the draw against rivals Hamburg last weekend. The team from the "Kiez" has proven hard to beat so far this season and will be looking for points against struggling Gladbach.
The Foals will be without defender Jean-Sebastian Jaures, new signing Igor de Camargo as well as midfielder Tony Jantschke with a broken foot and .
St. Pauli is without goalie Matthias Hain who has a broken finger and forward Richard Sukuta-Paso with torn ligaments.
MSV Duisburg - FC Augsburg
David Yelldell will once again be between the sticks for Duisburg when they take on first placed Augsburg on Wednesday
The hosts will have to get creative on the defensive end after losing two players because of red cards last weekend in a hard-fought loss to Aue.
Duisburg will be without defenders Bruno Soares and Daniel Reiche, who both saw red last weekend as well as Kevin Grund as he recovers from a knee injury. Injured midfielder Adam Bodzek is also slated to miss the contest.
Augsburg has four players, Daniel Framberger, Dominik Reinhardt, Andrew Sinkala and Lukas Sinkiewicz missing due to knee injuries,
FC Heidenheim - Rot Weiss Ahlen
Matthew Taylor will be looking to keep his run of goals going in the 3. Liga when Ahlen travels to Heidenheim on Tuesday.
After hammering Jena 3-0 this past weekend, Ahlen will be looking to climb into the top half of the standings. Taylor netted two of the three for Ahlen and will once again start up top.
It will be tough against FC Heidenheim, a team that will be looking to get things back on track after two consecutive losses.
After falling out of favor with head coach Felix Magath, Jermaine Jones will most likely start on the bench as Schalke travels to SC Freiburg on Wednesday. American defender Daniel Williams will also be looking for minutes for Freiburg.
Ricardo Clark will be looking to get off the bench for Frankfurt when the team travels to Leverkusen on Wednesday.
Luis Robles has yet to see any action this season and will most likely start on the bench for Karlsruher SC when the team hosts Herha Berlin on Tuesday.
Kenny Cooper is still recovering from a broken ankle and won't suit up for 1860 Munich when they take on Erzgebirge Aue on Wednesday.
Defender Amaechi Igwe is still out with a knee injury and will be watching from the stands when Ingolstadt hosts Fortuna Dusseldorf on Wednesday and did not participate in the team's 1-0 road loss at Bielefeld.