The cup round of sixteen is coming up.
After the start in the second half of the Bundesliga two and a half weeks ago, the ball is rolling again in the DFB Cup. The round of sixteen matches will take place on Tuesday and Wednesday. The leader of the league from Dortmund will play on Tuesday, the Bavarians one day later. With Hamburg, Heidenheim, Kiel, Paderborn and Duisburg there are still five second division teams in the competition.
The round of sixteen will be opened at 18.30 o’clock by the duels Hamburg against Nuremberg and Heidenheim against Leverkusen. While the Werkself will be the clear favourite in their game, the second match is expected to be at eye level. The Hamburgers are the sovereign leaders of the second league, while the club, 17th in the Bundesliga, is fighting to maintain its class. Due to their home advantage, the HSV are the favourites in the game. 68 times both teams have played against each other, but in the cup there were only two games. Both went out in favor of the club. The Leverkusen team is in a mood of optimism. Under the new coach Peter Bosz, the last two Bundesliga games were won and the Bavarians were also beaten. In the cup, progress against Heidenheim seems to be a mere formality. “We want to deliver an absolute cup fight. But we know naturally also that already some must come together, in order to be successful at the end , so Heidenheims coach franc Schmidt.
Dortmund against Bremen
To later hour at 20.45 o’clock rises the Zweitligaduell between Duisburg and Paderborn. In the last years Duisburg remained always undefeated against the Lower Saxony. The last defeat set it before five and a half years – calculated in the cup. At the same time in Dortmund the whistle is blown. The Borussia expects a heavy opponent with Werder Bremen. Nevertheless, the table leader is the clear favourite. The last meeting of the two teams was only a few weeks ago. In December Werder played a strong game in Signal Iduna Park and lost unluckily with 1:2. Lucien Favre takes the game very seriously and renounces a big rotation. Only two or three players he will allow a break. On Wednesday he will start the cup evening at 18.30 with the matches Leipzig against Wolfsburg and Kiel against Augsburg. Last the Saxons had flown against the VfL 2015 from the cup. In Augsburg one is relieved because of the first Bundesliga victory after a month-long dry spell.
Bavaria’s weeks of decision
At 20.45 the Schalkers expect Fortuna Düsseldorf. For king blue a victory is obligation against the league Tristesse. In the table both rank with 22 points in the lower segment. The Bavarians, who recently suffered a setback in the championship race in Leverkusen, travel to Hertha in Berlin. The Hertha team did not lose the last four games in the Olympic stadium against the Munich team, and they are also well prepared for the cup. “A giant game. Floodlights, a full stadium. What could be nicer? It’s like a little final for us,” says Vedad Ibisevic. In the first round, Ibisevic and Co. won 2-0 against the reigning champion. FC Bayern must win in order not to slide into another crisis. Captain Manuel Neuer is likely to be absent due to a hand injury. For Arjen Robben, too, the game comes too early. A highly motivated Hertha awaits the Bavarians, the record champion has to prepare for a hard cup fight.