DFB Pokal 3rd Round Excitement on Tuesday and Wednesday

Sixteen clubs will do battle in midweek, with four matches on Tuesday and another four Wednesday, to determine the eight clubs that will be involved in the quarterfinals of the DFB Pokal, the top Cup competition of German football on February 6-7.

Twelve of the clubs competing in Round 3 this week are from Germany’s top division, while three, 1.FC Nurnberg, 1.FC Ingolstadt and 1.FC Heidenheim, compete in Bundesliga 2 and one, SC Paderborn 07, play in 3.Liga and currently are in 2nd place in Germany’s 3rd division, with a 14-2-4 record after 20 matches while trailing league leaders 1.FC Magdeburg by only two points.

The draw for Round 16 of the Pokal created some tantalizing matchups, topped by Wednesday’s fixture at the Allianz Arena between Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund.  Bayern have recovered from early season hiccups with the appointment of Jupp Heynckes as manager, but they haven’t been dominant in most matches on the scoresheet.  Borussia Dortmund, meanwhile, have seemed to right their listing ship with the firing of Peter Bosz just barely a week ago and the appoint of Peter Stöger, under whom they have won both matches and pulled themselves to third in the table after all had seemed lost less than ten days ago.  One of the two clubs, Dortmund who were Pokal champions in 2017, or Bayern, who have won the competition a record 18 times, will suffer an early exit from the Cup.

There are other very interesting matchups in this year’s Round 16.  Wednesday’s match at Borussia Park between Borussia Mönchengladbach and Bayer 04 Leverkusen features two local rivals head to head while have earned 28 points in the Hinrunde as they joust for a Champions League spot.  On Tuesday, 1.FSV Mainz will host VfB Stuttgart, both on 17 points, at the Opel Arena as Stuttgart tries to overcome its terrible form on the road, while Schalke will look to emphasize that they are an elite German club again when facing 1.FC Köln, who won their first league match this past weekend.  Another interesting matchup will occur in Bremen, where Werder Bremen host SC Freiburg, two clubs that started the season slowly but have been picking up victories in recent weeks.

For American viewers, ESPN 3 will stream Tuesday’s Mainz-Stuttgart match beginning at 11:25 am CT and the Schalke-Köln tilt at 1:40 pm.  On Wednesday ESPN 3 will stream the Gladbach-Leverkusen contest at 11:25 am CT and will TELEVISE the huge Bayern-Dortmund fixture at 1:30 pm CT on ESPN 2 and ESPN Deportes.  All of the other three streamed matches will also be televised on EPSN Deportes.

 

 

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Tuesday,
19.12.2017
18:30
Club logo 1. FSV Mainz 05 -: – Club logo VfB Stuttgart  comparison
Tuesday,
19.12.2017
18:30
Club logo SC Paderborn 07 -: – Club logo FC Ingolstadt  comparison
Tuesday,
19.12.2017
20:45
Club logo 1. FC Nuremberg -: – Club logo VfL Wolfsburg  comparison
Tuesday,
19.12.2017
20:45
Club logo FC Schalke 04 -: – Club logo 1. FC Cologne  comparison
Wednesday,
20.12.2017
18:30
Club logo SV Werder Bremen -: – Club logo SC Freiburg  comparison
Wednesday,
20.12.2017
18:30
Club logo Borussia Mönchengladbach -: – Club logo Bayer 04 Leverkusen  comparison
Wednesday,
20.12.2017
20:45
Club logo Bayern Munich -: – Club logo Borussia Dortmund  comparison
Wednesday,
20.12.2017
20:45
Club logo 1. FC Heidenheim -: – Club logo Eintracht Frankfurt  comparison
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Gerry Wittmann

Gerry is the founder of the Bundesliga Fanatic. Besides loving German football, he also enjoys the NBA, collecting jerseys and LPs, his pets and wishes he had more time for fishing, bicycling and learning the bass guitar.

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