Hertha Berlin - Jahn Regensburg
The season began on a high for the biggest club in Germany's capital when ambitious manager Jos Luhukay was brought in to steer the ship. Their results have not been as impressive though after relying on a late goal to secure a home draw against Paderborn and suffering a 3-1 reverse to FSV Frankfurt. Up against a side new to the division, Hertha fans will expect nothing less than their side's first win of the season.
Yet Oscar Corrochano's Regensburg side are no pushovers, having forced 1860 Munich to produce their best football they comfortably beat MSV Duisburg on Matchday 2. Their survival will not hinge on taking all three points against Hertha away from home, but the underdogs will certainly make life difficult for their hosts.
Eintracht Braunschweig - SC Paderborn 07
Braunschweig find themselves in unfamiliar territory at the top of the Bundesliga 2 table having taken maximum points from their first two league games. Following on from their impressive defeat of 1. FC Köln, Thorsten Lieberknecht's side also picked up a narrow win away to Union Berlin. This fixture has not produced many goals in the past and Braunschweig's form suggests that it might be the same again on Friday.
Conversely Paderborn have been scoring freely so far this campaign after netting six goals in two games to kick-off their promotion push. Head coach Stephan Schmidt will consider this match a must-win if his squad are going to go one step further than last season and finish in amongst the promotion places.
SV Sandhausen - 1. FC Union Berlin
It has been an encouraging start for Sandhausen in their first ever season in the Bundesliga 2. Two solid 1-1 draws at home to FSV Frankfurt and away in Cologne will have greatly pleased head coach Gerd Dais. Home form will play a big role for Sandhausen as they bid to stay in the division and the majority of the crowd at the Hardtwaldstadion will be hoping that they can record their first win this weekend.
Union come into this game on the back of a tight home defeat to Braunschweig, but will take heart from their away performance at Kaiserslautern on Matchday 1 when they drew 3-3. Berlin struggled to produce their best form on foreign soil last season and will have a tough job on their hands as they look to overcome a highly-motivated newly-promoted side.