Everyone loves a bit of a Cup giant killing, where the big boys of the Bundesliga are brought down a peg or two by lower league opposition. Last season it was Sportfreunde Lotte who injected a sense of drama into the DFB Pokal with their run to the quarter-final with wins over both Werder Bremen and Bayer Leverkusen.
Will we see a repeat this season? Who will be finding themselves on the end of an early second round exit this Tuesday and Wednesday? Let’s take a look at some potential banana skins that could see Bundesliga clubs crashing out of the Cup this week……
Fortuna Düsseldorf – Borussia Mönchengladbach
The current leaders of Bundesliga 2 host a Borussia Mönchengladbach side coming off the back of a traumatic weekend loss at home to Bayer Leverkusen. The Fohlen led 1-0 at half-time, but then collapsed in spectacular fashion with the Werkself hitting five unanswered second half goals to seal a 5-1 win.
Confidence will therefore be fragile, which is far from the case with the Flingeraner, who are flying high at the top of the second division. Nine wins from eleven games has put Friedhelm Funkel’s side in pole position and the weekend saw a them clinch a 1-0 win over SV Darmstadt.
Fortuna needed extra-time to overcome Bielefeld in the previous round when goals from Rouwen Hennings and Oliver Fink finally secured a 3-1 win. Gladbach also left it late in beating Rot-Weiss Essen 2-1 in round one.
Düsseldorf won the Cup two years in succession in 1979 and 1980, whereas Mönchengladbach won their third trophy in 1995.
Schweinfurt – Eintracht Frankfurt
Regionalliga Bayern outfit 1FC Schweinfurt 05 host Eintracht Frankfurt on Tuesday looking to cause an epic Cup upset. They currently lie fourth in the table but are a full ten points behind leader 1860 Munich A. On Friday they beat VfR Garching 3-0 with Steffen Krautschneider scoring twice.
Die Schnüdel beat SV Sandhausen in the first round while the Adler won 3-0 away at TuS Erndtebrück. Niko Kovac’s side were involved in a marvellous 2-2 draw at home to leaders Borussia Dortmund on Saturday and will have to recover quickly before travelling south to the Willy-Sachs-Stadion where a sell-out 15,000 crowd will await.
Freiburg – Dynamo Dresden
Nils Petersen managed to get one over on his father in round one as his goal set Freiburg on the way to a 2-1 win over a Germania Halberstadt side coached by his dad Andreas. They now face a tougher test as they welcome Dynamo Dresden to the Schwarzwaldstadion on Wednesday.
The East German side won the FDGB Cup (the GDR version of the DFB Pokal) seven times and claiming the scalp of the Breisgauer will be a real feather in their cap. Mid table in Bundesliga II, Dresden beat TuS Koblenz in the first round thanks to an 84th minute winner from Aias Aosman. To make it more dramatic keeper Markus Schubert then saved a penalty a minute later.
1.FC Magdeburg – Borussia Dortmund
Last season’s Pokal winners Dortmund face a tricky tip East to face Magdeburg on Tuesday.
Second in the 3.Liga, Magdeburg suffered a 3-0 home loss at the weekend to SpVgg Unterhaching, which wasn’t the ideal preparation for the visit of the Bundesliga leaders, but trainer Jens Härtel will be looking to put that to the back of their minds and rediscover their impressive early season form.
Dortmund are also in the midst of a mini blip without a win in their last three games. Peter Bosz will not be panicking, although anything less than a victory against the 1974 European Cup Winners Cup champions will suffice.
SV Wehen Wiesbaden – Schalke 04
Schalke last won the DFB Pokal in 2011 and while European qualification is the stated season aim for Domenico Tedesco, the Cup would be a welcome achievement for the young trainer. They must however survive the potential banana skin of the second round.
The Königsblauen beat BFC Dynamo 2-0 in the first round with Yevhen Konoplyanka scoring both goals late in the second half. On Friday they took all three points against Mainz at the Veltins Arena
Hosting them at the BRITA Arena are a Wehen Wiesbaden side coming off the back of a 5-0 away win at the weekend over Würzburger Kickers. Rüdiger Rehm’s side are just outside the top three in the 3.Liga. They overcame Erzgebirge Aue 2-0 in the first round.
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