Berlin (dpa) - Who creates the sensation? Who is embarrassing? Who remains sovereign? On Saturday, eight Bundesliga clubs are playing for the second round of the DFB Cup. On paper, all are home-high favorite. But the underdogs are waiting for their chance.
1. FC Kaiserslautern - 1. FSV Mainz 05
SITUATION: The Mainz have completed a good preparation and successfully passed the last double test against Metz in the previous week.
SPECIAL: For the first time in over seven years, there are rivals between the rivals to the Rhineland-Palatinate Derby, which is emotional especially for the coaches. FCK coach Sascha Hildmann was born in Kaiserslautern, FSV colleague Sandro Schwarz, a real-life Mainzer.
STOLPERFAKTOR: He is quite big against the ambitious third division. Especially as the Mainz in the first round last often did hard.
SC Verl - FC Augsburg
SITUATION: The Augsburg hope for tailwind before the difficult league season start at Supercup winner Borussia Dortmund. The freshly committed Czech goalkeeper Tomas Koubek should be equal in goal.
SPECIAL: Twice within a week the Swabians have to go to Westphalia. The stadium in Verl is only about 100 kilometers away from the Dortmund Arena.
STOLPERFAKTOR: Normally nothing happens, but coach Martin Schmidt warns his FCA. "The cup game is a party for Verl, an insane thing," said the Swiss to the motivational situation. In 2017 and 2014, Augsburg failed in round one at Magdeburg.
Alemannia Aachen - Bayer Leverkusen
SITUATION: The Leverkusen won only one of eight friendly matches, which was sometimes on three double-match days. "The results were not good. But we have not put together the team to win games necessarily. We wanted to develop, "said coach Peter Bosz, who calls for a sense of achievement in the Cup.
SPECIAL: Ramazan Özcan protects the goalkeeper Lukas Hradecky. Attacking talent Kai Havertz plays in his native city of Aachen. The 20-year-old grew up in Alsdorf and played in the youth for the Alemannia.
STOLPER FACTOR: The Werkself is the clear favorite. But: The Tivoli will be sold out with more than 30,000 spectators. The fans could be an important factor for the Aachener. The Bayer pros are waiting for the weak test matches a stress test.
1. FC Magdeburg - SC Freiburg
SITUATION: The Freiburg have shown decent performances in the test matches, but are also pursued by the injury pitch. Midfield players Janik Haberer and Changhoon Kwon are missing in the sports club.
SPECIAL: For SC scorer Nils Petersen, it's a journey into the past. His birthplace Wernigerode is only an hour's drive from Magdeburg. He is friends with FCM captain Christian Beck.
STOLPERFAKTOR: That is relatively large. Magdeburg has twice thrown the Bundesliga club FC Augsburg from the Cup. In addition, the team has already played four games in the 3rd league. The guests in turn came a year ago in Cottbus on penalties on.
FC 08 Villingen - Fortuna Dusseldorf
SITUATION: After good test results and promising transfers Fortuna is the first competitive game optimistically.
SPECIAL: With Bernard Tekpetey, Nana Ampomah, Ebenezer Ofori and most recently Kasim Adams Dusseldorf has committed four players from Ghana. Adams is still missing in the Black Forest.
STOLPERFAKTOR: This is rather small against a fifth division. Villingen has participated eight times in the DFB Cup and is also eliminated in the first round.
SV Drochtersen / Assel - FC Schalke 04
SITUATION: The Schalke preparation ran satisfactorily in terms of sport. The few newcomers are integrated, but in Jonas Carls, Ozan Kabak and Benito Raman three of them are injured again. For some long-term injured as Daniel Caligiuri and Alessandro Schöpf are back or on the go to the squad.
SPECIAL: The affair over the controversial statements of supervisory board boss Clemens Tönnies disturbed the final preparation week. A plus could be the new coach David Wagner, who tackles his difficult mission with commitment, but calm. How much the players of Wagner's football idea already implement, remains to be seen.
STOLPERFAKTOR: Things are not going well at FC Schalke yet. But the team is strong enough, despite some failures, not to let the regional leagues burn.
Saturday, 6:30 pm
Würzburger Kickers - TSG Hoffenheim
SITUATION: In the test games, the TSG already presented properly. After the departures of Joelinton, Nico Schulz, Kerem Demirbay and Nadiem Amiri, but must first find new performers.
SPECIAL: The era of coach Julian Nagelsmann is over, his former assistant and successor Alfred Schreuder is in the spotlight. An early cup-off should be prevented despite personal bloodletting.
STOLPERFAKTOR: That is not exactly low. Würzburg is third division and finished the last two seasons in fifth place. The Kraichgauer are vulnerable in the Cup on the other hand.
Atlas Delmenhorst - Werder Bremen
SITUATION: The Bremen team is recorded. In the previous test games, however, lacked the penetration force in front of the opposing goal. In addition, Werder has personnel worries in the defense.
SPECIAL: Between the cities of Bremen and Delmenhorst lie only a few kilometers. Many players of the Atlas team are fans of Werder Bremen.
STOLPER FACTOR: Very low. The fifth division from Delmenhorst is a blatant outsider in his cup debut. In addition, the match takes place in the home stadium of the Bundesliga.
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