Nurnberg will be looking to capitalise on a weary Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday and pick up their first Bundesliga win of the season.
Leverkusen are still reeling after a 5-0 humiliation at home to Manchester United in the Champions League and there are fears that result could have consequences in the Bundesliga for a side currently sitting second.
Nurnberg coach Gertjan Verbeek believes there could therefore be no better time to face Leverkusen than now.
``We've got the tactics to get at them and maybe we will have the chance to win there,'' he said.
``Bayer are strong, but they have weak moments which we could exploit.
``We may not be Manchester United, but Hertha Berlin and Hamburg have already shown how Leverkusen can be beaten.''
Verbeek may not have Wayne Rooney either, but he does have Hiroshi Kiyotake who he is expecting more from.
``Kiyo is an important player for us,'' Verbeek said. ``We're not going to be able to beat them just by fighting, and Hiroshi is creative.
``Now he has got to show us his highest level.''
Bayer will be hoping to show their true selves after letting the Bundesliga down in midweek, at least in the eyes of midfielder Stefan Reinartz.
While Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich both edged closed to a place in the last-16 of the Champions League and Schalke survived the snow in Bucharest to keep their qualification hopes alive, Leverkusen's defeat was seen a as a morale blow to the league which provided last season's two finalists.
``I'm sorry if we have ashamed German football,'' Reinartz said.
Coach Sami Hyypia admitted he had only suffered such defeats during his playing days while on international duty, but that he now expects a reaction from the players against Nurnberg.