Our prediction for this DFB Pokal match:
Babelsberg and Leipzig take on each other at Karl-Liebknecht-Stadion in the 2. Bundesliga round 32. David faces Goliath in Potsdam, but the Red Bulls can’t afford any complacency in Tuesday’s clash. Both Poulsen and Szaboszlai should be recalled to the starting XI after the duo got their names on the scoresheet in the triumph over Greuther Furth at the weekend, with Novoa Ramos pushing for a start as well.
All Brobbey, Halstenberg, Klostermann, Olmo, and Saracchi are sidelined with injuries for the visiting team. The Regionalliga clash, on the other hand, head into the match following a 1-1 draw with Lokomotive Leipzig. The underdogs are likely to leave their hearts on the field, but given Leipzig’s attacking potential, anything but a routine away win would be a major surprise. When the two teams met in the Regionalliga 20 years ago Babelsberg defeated Leipzig 3-1, meaning that the Red Bulls are hungry for revenge.
Highlighted Player (Willi Orban):
Willi Orban was born on 3 November, 1992 in Kaiserslautern, Germany. Orban plays as a centre back, but he can operate as a defensive midfielder as well. The 185-cm-tall footballer is a product of Kaiserslautern’s youth academy and he played 35 league games for the reserve team between 2011 and 2013.
Orban made his debut for the first team in 2011, against Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich. The Kaiserslautern footballer made 68 league appearances for Kaiserslautern, scoring 7 goals for the German outfit between 2011 and 2015, but in May 2015 he signed a contract with Leipzig. Kaislerslautern fans were very angry with the defender when he decided to join die Bullen.
Willi Orban has two caps for Germany U21, but he has yet to make his debut for the senior team. He has a contract with Leipzig, which expires on 30 June, 2019. Willi Orban has a dual citizenship (Germany, Hungary).
Highlighted Team (Leipzig):
Leipzig are a professional football club founded in 2009. Die Bullen (The Bulls) were unbeaten in the 2012/2013 Regionalliga Nordost and, as a result, they secured promotion to the 3. Liga. After finishing the 2013/2014 as 3rd. Liga campaign in second place in the standings, Leipzig were promoted to the 2. Bundesliga and they competed in the German second tier for two seasons.
Despite suffering a loss to Karlsruher on the last day of the 2015/2016 round in the 2. Bundesliga campaign, die Bullen secured promotion to the Bundesliga for the first time ever. Leipzig play their home games at Red Bull Arena (42,959) and it has to be noted that the stadium was opened in 1954.
Die Bullen wear white shirts and red shorts while their away kit is blue and yellow. Ralph Hasenhuttl was appointed as the team’s manager at the end of the 2015/2016 season and you should know that the likes of Ralf Rangnick, Achim Beierlorzer, Alexander Zorniger, Peter Pacult, Tomas Oral and Tino Vogel were in charge of the team in the past as well.