bundesliga.com has all the information you need ahead of these two teams' first ever meeting in the German top flight.
Having taken just a point from their past three games following a brilliant start to their maiden Bundesliga campaign, Paderborn will be hoping to get back to winning ways against a (l.) and Co. Frankfurt, meanwhile, flying high in fifth going into the weekend, are eyeing a third win on the spin.
A key figure in Paderborn’s 2013/14 promotion-winning season, (l.) has made just one appearance this term due to a knee injury and is a doubt for Sunday. Marvin Bakalorz is suspended following his red card against Leverkusen on Matchday 7, while Mahir Saglik, Thomas Bertels and Jens Wemmer are all injured.
With Carlos Zambrano sidelined after tearing a ligament in his right knee while on duty with Peru, Marco Russ is likely to cover at centre-back, allowing (r.) to take the latter’s position in defensive midfield. First-choice goalkeeper Kevin Trapp is still out with a foot injury, so Felix Wiedwald is set for his third start of the season.
Tipped for a great career in his younger years, it took former Germany Under-20 midfielder a while to find his feet in the Bundesliga. A summer move to Paderborn proved to be the right step for the 27-year-old, however, who has scored three goals this term, including this record-breaking effort.
Having settled in smoothly in Frankfurt, has formed a fruitful partnership with Alexander Meier. The pair have shared seven goals between them, with Seferovic on target three times and setting up another two. The 22-year-old also bagged a brace in Switzerland’s 4-0 win in San Marino in midweek.
Andre Breitenreiter, Paderborn head coach : [Frankfurt] are a very flexible side, which makes it difficult to prepare for this match.
Thomas Schaaf (l.), Frankfurt head coach: Paderborn have been doing a great job and deserve to be in such a good position in the table.
After suffering their first defeats of the season against Bayern and Gladbach, Paderborn showed a good reaction on Matchday 7, snatching a late point at Bayer 04 Leverkusen. Frankfurt, who are unbeaten away from home this season, will be hoping to build on their wins against 1. FC Köln and Hamburger SV.
This may be the clubs’ first meeting in the top flight, but Paderborn and Eintracht have played each other twice before in Bundesliga 2. Breitenreiter's side proved a tough nut to crack for Frankfurt in both encounters in 2011/12, beating the Eagles 4-2 at home and earning a 0-0 draw at the Commerzbank Arena.
Paderborn: L. Kruse - Heinloth, Ziegler, Hünemeier, Brückner - Rupp, Vrancic - Koc, Stoppelkamp - Kachunga, Kutschke
Frankfurt: Wiedwald - Chandler, Russ, Anderson, Oczipka - Hasebe - Ignjovski, Medojevic - Inui - Meier, Seferovic