While Tuesday’s matches featured quite a few David vs. Goliath no-contests, Wednesday’s games promise to be a lot more competitive. The second round pits quite a few Bundesliga teams against eachother, and none of them want to be the amongst the first sides knocked out. A successful cup run pleases the fans, and a piece of silverware more winnable than the Bundesliga itself means every team will always try to be at their competitive best, no matter who the opposition is.
Eintracht Frankfurt v Hamburg SV
This is a tasty tie. Both sides have been on good form of late, and this game could well go down to the wire. Theofanis Gekas will still be the dangerman for the home side, but he will be well marshalled by Hamburg duo Joris Mathijsen and Heiko Westermann in the center of defense. For Hamburg, scoring goals in abundance has been a real issue. They’ve only scored more than two goals in a match once this season, and ironically enough that was away to Frankfurt on August 28th. If that game is anything to go by, Frankfurt could be in trouble here. Also, Frankfurt have been very poor at home this season, securing just four points from a possible twelve at the Commerzbank Arena. Ruud van Nistelrooy scored in this fixture in August, and Armin Veh will be looking to the Dutchman to lead the line and take the game to the hosts. I’ll be very surprised if Frankfurt get the result here!
Alemannia Aachen v Mainz
Aachen occupy 9th place in the second division, and should provide little threat to Bundesliga table-toppers Mainz. Thomas Tuchel’s side roared back from their first defeat of the season to topple Bayer Leverkusen at the BayArena, and they’ll be confident of their chances here. A big win will boost morale, and give Mainz that extra bit of confidence ahead of an extremely vital clash against Borussia Dortmund on the weekend.
TSG Hoffenheim v FC Ingolstadt 04
Ingolstadt are rubbish. Sorry, but they are. They currently sit second bottom of the second division, and I don’t think they’ll have any chance at all against a very attack-minded Hoffenheim side. Gylfi Sigurdsson will likely start for the hosts, and the little Icelandic playmaker will be given full license to rip the opposition to shreds. I can’t see this ending very well for the second division minnows. There could be a thrashing in the works here! The visitors will try to sit deep and absorb the pressure, but it’ll only be a matter of time before Hoffenheim show their class and work their opponents all over the pitch.
Borussia Monchengladbach v Bayer Leverkusen
This is a big one! Gladbach have been woeful of late, and have the worst defensive record in the Bundesliga by a mile already this season, conceding a whopping 27 goals in just nine matches. This could be over by half-time. Leverkusen will be looking to bounce back from a disappointing one-nil home defeat to Mainz, and there’s no other side they’d rather play against right now than Gladbach. We’ve already seen two managers lose their heads this season, and Michael Frontzeck could be the third if things go horriby wrong for his side tomorrow night.
Chemnitzer FC v VfB Stuttgart
Chemnitzer are a fourth division side, and Stuttgart are beginning to find some form. No contest!
SV 07 Elversberg v Nurnberg
While Elversberg are also a fourth division side, they did pull off a huge upset in the first round when they knocked Hannover 96 out of the competition on penalty kicks. For that reason, they can’t be overlooked. They’ll sit back all day if they have to, because they’ll fancy themselves on penalties against Nurnberg after beating a side a lot better than Nurnberg at the same game. This could be an iffy one if the visitors don’t get the job done and kill this side off early.
Kickers Offenbach v Borussia Dortmund
Wolfgang Wolf’s (yes, it’s a real name) Kickers Offenbach side have been on decent form as of late domestically, but, domestically, they do play in the German third division, so you can’t really take form into consideration here. They’ll have very little chance, if any chance at all, but they’ll be up for it at home.
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