PREVIEW: WEEKEND GERMAN ACTION
Steve Cherundolo and Hannover look to continue their push for the Champions League while Ricardo Clark and Eintracht Frankfurt travel to take on Mainz.
Hannover 96 - Borussia Mönchengladbach
Steve Cherundolo and Hannover 96 will try and better their position in the league when they host relegation candidate Mönchengladbach on Saturday.
This will be an important game for both teams. Hannover is clinging on to its third place spot and a birth in the Champions League next season and Gladbach is just trying to cling on.
After handing Dortmund a loss last weekend, the Foals will be confident heading into this week's match. The team has finally left last place in the league and there is still a chance for the team to climb out of the relegation zone.
But Mönchengladbach will have to do it without both defender Dante and forward Igor de Camargo, who are both out injured.
DaMarcus Beasley is still on the outside looking in and will most likely play no part in head coach Mirko Slomka's plans this weekend. Slomka should have a full squad to choose from.
Mainz 05 - Eintracht Frankfurt
Ricardo Clark will be looking to be included in the starting line-up once again when Frankfurt travels to take on Mainz on Saturday.
Since taking the helm, head coach Christoph Daum has managed just three points – tying three of four games and losing once. The team has shown resilience but has lacked the finesse – especially in front of the goal – needed to win.
Forward Theofanis Gekas has embodied this in the past few weeks, missing several "100 percent" scoring opportunities. His doozey against Bayern Munich last week made all of the lowlight reels.
Mainz is still in contention for a spot in international competition and will need points to avoid slipping behind Nürnberg. The team is missing goalie Heinz Müller and forward Adam Szalai.
Frankfurt will be without defenders Chris and Maik Franz, as well as midfielder Georgios Tzavellas.
Karlsruher SC - Fortuna Dusseldorf
Luis Robles will be in goal for KSC when Düsseldorf comes to town on Friday.
The race for 2. Bundesliga survival is heating up, with just one point separating three teams at the bottom. KSC definitely didn't do itself any favors last week when the team lost to direct competitors Oberhausen.
Karlsruhe still has a good chance though: Their last three games are all against teams that seemingly have nothing left to play for this season. Both Dusseldorf and Union Berlin are in the middle of the pack and Bielefeld (next week's foe) is already relegated.
KSC will have to do without injured midfielder Godfried Adoube and forwards Serhat Akin and Christian Timm.
Dusseldorf is just missing injured defender Kai Schwertfeger and suspended defender Christian Weber.
FSV Frankfurt - MSV Duisburg
David Yelldell will once again be between the posts for Duisburg when the team plays away to Frankfurt on Saturday.
The once high-flying Duisburg team has continued its plummet down the standings. The team is now in ninth place and the German Cup final seems to be the only highlight on the horizon.
Now, a big concern for head coach Milan Sasic might be to keep as many players as healthy as possible until the end of the season.
The Zebras will definitely be without captain Srdjan Baljak who has been ruled out for the next six months. The team is still without midfielder Julian Koch and forward Stefan Maierhofer. Defender Branimir Bajic is serving a suspension.
Frankfurt will be without suspended midfielder Samil Cinaz and Mike Wunderlich.
VfR Aalen - Rot Weiss Ahlen
Matt Taylor will try and add another goal to his tally when Ahlen faces Aalen on Saturday.
Clint Dempsey isn't the only American scoring goals abroad – Matt Taylor is currently tied for fifth among 3. Bundesliga goal scorers. It's a feat that hasn't gone unnoticed either, with several other German clubs showing interest in the forward.
But the team has more pressing issues at hand after slipping into the relegation zone and a win against 16th place Aalen would definitely be a step in the right direction.
Ahlen will just be without midfielder Sebastian Ghasemi-Nobakht.
Aalen will be missing defender Jürgen Mössmer, midfielders Mario Hohn and Enrico Valentini.
Timothy Chandler injured his foot in training on Thursday and won't be able to play for Nurnberg on Saturday when the team travels to take on league leaders Dortmund.
Daniel Williams came off the bench last week and will be hoping for some minutes this Saturday when Freiburg travels to take on Hamburg.
American forward Edson Buddle will be looking to be included in the first 11 for Ingolstadt when the team hosts Aue on Saturday.
Bobby Wood is still out injured and won't travel with 1860 Munich when the team takes on Hertha BSC on Friday. With the promotion spot in the bag, this might be the opportunity for Alfredo Morales to be included.