PREVIEW: WEEKEND GERMAN ACTION
Timothy Chandler will try to get Nürnberg past a Ricardo Clark-less Frankfurt while Edson Buddle tries to ignite struggling Ingolstadt.
FC Nürnberg - Eintracht Frankfurt
After last weekend's debut in the starting 11, Timothy Chandler will most likely be in the starting line-up again for Nürnberg when they host struggling Frankfurt at home on Friday.
While Nürnberg has won three in a row, Frankfurt still hasn't scored a goal since the break and things seem to be getting worse.
Head coach Michael Skibbe only had 16 healthy field players training this week after kicking Ioannis Amanatidis out of the squad, however has relented and decided to include the Greek forward in the team traveling to Nürnberg. Among those missing is American Ricardo Clark, who is still out with a broken cheek bone.
Chandler will most likely start on the left of the defense for Nürnberg where he can also provide pressure moving forward on the wing.
Nürnberg has personnel problems of its own and will be without defender Juri Judt, midfielders Mike Frantz and Ilkay Gündogan and forward Albert Bunjaku.
Along with Clark, Frankfurt will be missing defenders Chris and Sebastian Jung, and midfielders Caio and Zlatan Bajramovic.
Hannover 96 - FC Kaiserslautern
Steve Cherundolo will be anchoring the Hannover defense when the team hosts Kaiserslautern on Saturday.
Kaiserslautern was able to surprise league leaders Dortmund with a last-minute goal, but the 1-1 draw wasn't enough to keep the team from falling into the danger zone. They are currently on the relegation bubble and another loss could cause some to worry.
DaMarcus Beasley will once again be looking for his first minutes since the break after being left out of the squad last weekend. Hannover will most likely welcome back Carlitos to the squad following a six-month absence. The midfielder suffered a knee injury in the first seconds of the season – one of the main reasons that Beasley was brought on board.
Didier Ya Konan and Mohammed Abdellaoue will both be in the starting line-up after missing training this week, but Hannover is still without long-term absentees Markus Miller and Leon Andreasen and will also be without Manuel Schmiedebach due to suspension.
FCK will be without defender Jan Simunek and midfielder Oliver Kirch.
FC Ingolstadt 04 - SpVgg Greuther Fürth
Edson Buddle will most likely start up front for Ingolstadt when they face Greuther Fürth on Friday.
It will be a reunion of sorts when Ingolstadt hosts Fürth on Friday. Head coach Benno Möhlmann was in charge there about a decade ago and both goalkeeper Sascha Kirschstein and midfielder Markus Karl used to play there. But that doesn't make things any easier.
Ingolstadt is still in the relegation zone and will need to start getting results if they want to stay in the 2. Bundesliga. The only reason there is still any hope is that the other teams at the bottom of the standings have failed to win as well.
American defender Amaechi Igwe is still out with a knee injury and Ingolstadt will also be without midfielders Andreas Buchner and Fabian Gerber.
Fürth is without goalkeeper Max Grün, defenders Kim Falkenberg, Asen Karaslavov and Stephan Schröck and forwards Stefan Kolb and Christopher Nöthe.
MSV Duisburg - FC Union Berlin
David Yelldell will be between the posts for Duisburg as they try to win at home against Union Berlin on Saturday.
The Duisburg management seems to approve of what's happening on the field. MSV extended the contracts of head coach Milan Sasic and Sport Director Bruno Hübner. The team has made it to the semi-finals of the German Cup and are on the verge of breaking back into the Bundesliga.
This week they will face yet another hard test against the "other" team from the capitol, Union Berlin. The team is in 13th place in the standings but a few wins (or losses) could change everything.
MSV is without midfielders Ivica Grlic and Sefa Yilmaz, who are both recovering from injuries.
Union Berlin will just be without defender Daniel Göhlert who is serving a suspension.
FSV Frankfurt - Karlsruher SC
Luis Robles and Karlsruhe will travel to Hessen to take on FSV Frankfurt on Sunday.
Things are looking bleak for KSC after getting demolished by Hertha BSC last week. The team is in the just three points above the automatic relegation spot in the standings and in desperate need of a win.
More alarming is the fact that they have given up 48 goals and only been able to score 28. The team will have to improve defensively if they want to stay clear of the 3. Bundesliga.
KSC still has a range of injuries to deal with. Midfielders Marco Engelhardt and Gaetan Krebs have been ruled out as well as defender Sebastian Langkamp and forward Christian Timm.
FSV will be missing defender Andreas Dahlen, midfielder Marc Gallego and forward Tufan Tosunoglu.
Daniel Williams is still recovering from a knee injury and won't be suiting up for SC Freiburg when they host VfL Wolfsburg on Saturday.
Bobby Wood will be looking for some minutes when 1860 München hosts FC Augsburg on Friday.
Matt Taylor is still out with muscle injury and most likely won't be traveling with Rot Weiss Ahlen when they take on Kickers Offenbach.