PREVIEW: GERMAN CUP ACTION
Michael Bradley and Jermaine Jones will be looking to stabilize their respective midfields and get their teams into the next round of the German Cup.
Borussia Mönchengladbach - Bayer Leverkusen
Michael Bradley and Borussia Mönchengladbach will try and return to their earlier strong play when they host Leverkusen on Wednesday.
The Foals are stuck in a major rut, going close to two months without a win and seeing their season already falling to pieces. Their last victory in league play was coincidentally their 6-3 thrashing of upcoming cup opponents Leverkusen, but if last weekend's blowout at the hands of Werder Bremen was any indication, they will have a significantly tougher run of it this time around.
Head coach Michael Frontzeck won't be able to take very many positives from the past weekend's debacle at home against Bremen . He has, however, decided to make a big change.
Frontzeck has given Belgian goalkeeper Logan Bailly the week off to "clear his head" after a string of less than impressive outings. This means that Christofer Heimeroth will be taking over between the sticks.
Another change from this past weekend will be the addition of Roel Brouwers and Juan Arango, both of whom are suspended in league action but eligible to play in the German Cup.
Gladbach will still be without defender Dante who is still recovering from a foot injury and Christian Dorda from a torn patella tendon. Midfielder Tony Jantschke is also out as he recovers from a broken foot and Karim Matmour is still out with Achilles heel problems.
Leverkusen is still without many of its stars as midfielder Michael Ballack, forward Stefan Kiessling and defender Sami Hypiia all recover from injuries, as well as Renato Augusto and Gonzalo Castro.
FSV Frankfurt - FC Schalke 04
Jermaine Jones and Schalke 04 will once again be in Frankfurt as the team faces FSV on Tuesday.
Schalke's season is slowly passing by and the team is still sitting near the bottom of the standings. A scoreless draw this past weekend was nothing to celebrate about as the team couldn't get anything going against a stubborn Eintracht Frankfurt defense.
However, according to German tabloids, that didn't stop several of the Schalke players from staying out all night at bars and clubs. Head coach Felix Magath has now said that there will be consequences if the team doesn't react with a superior performance against second-league middle weights FSV Frankfurt.
FSV has definitely improved since last year and has nearly the same amount of points in the season thus far (nine games) as in the entire first half from last year (17 games).
With the return of Tim Hoogland and Christian Pander to team training, Magath should have a full squad to choose from.
FSV Frankfurt will be without forward Tufan Tosunoglu with a knee injury and defender Gledson with a groin injury.
Hallescher FC - MSV Duisburg
David Yelldell and MSV Duisburg will make the long midweek journey to face off against Hallescher FC on Wednesday.
Head coach Milan Sasic has no reason to make any changes to the team that triumphed 3-0 this past weekend. The team is currently in second place in the 2. Bundesliga and will be looking to make a good showing against Hallescher FC – currently in the fourth tier in Germany .
Duisburg is still missing Kevin Grund, who is recuperating from a knee problem and Adam Bodzek also working his way back to fitness. The team will also be without midfielder Mihai Tararache.
Hallescher FC's central defender Patrick Mouaya is recovering from a muscle tear and might not be fit in time.
Ricardo Clark wasn't included in Frankfurt 's squad that faced Schalke this past weekend. The midfielder will be hoping for a call-up when the team hosts Hamburg on Wednesday.
Daniel Williams will be looking for some playing time when SC Freiburg travels to Cottbus on Tuesday.
Defender Amaechi Igwe is still recovering from a knee injury and will not be available for Ingolstadt when they travel to Hoffenheim on Wednesday.
Kenny Cooper is working his way back from a broken ankle and won't travel with 1860 Munich when they take on FC Cologne on Tuesday.