Our prediction for this DFB Pokal match:
High-flying Bayer Leverkusen will look to secure their spot in the DFB Pokal semis when they take on Stuttgart at BayArena. Leverkusen have been in a fine form of late, with the team winning three of their last four league matches. The BayArena outfit faced no difficulties in a 2-0 win over Darmstadt and they are seen as favourites to win the German Cup game as well.
All Exequiel Palacios, Victor Boniface, and Arthur are sidelined with injuries, while Edmond Tapsoba is pushing for a recall after he returned from the Africa Cup of Nations. Die Schwaben, on the other hand, aim to build on a 3-1 win over Freiburg. Both Woo-Yeong Jeong and Silas are on international duty, while key forward Serhou Guirassy should miss out with injury. Anyhow, home win should be considered as Xabi Alonso’s men have turned their BayArena into a real fortress.
Highlighted Player (Alex Grimaldo):
Alex Grimaldo is a Spanish footballer who plays for Portuguese side Benfica as a left back. Born in Valencia on September 20, 1995, Grimaldo started his youth career at his hometown club FC Valencia, but in 2008 Barcelona scouts brought him to Camp Nou.
The 171-cm-tall footballer scored six goals in 92 appearances for Barca B before joining Primeira Liga club Benfica in the winter of 2015. Alex Grimaldo made his debut with the Eagles on January 26, 2016 in a 6-1 win at Moreirense in the Taca da Liga. Speaking of his Primeira Liga debut, Grimaldo played his first league game for Benfica on February 29, 2016 in a 2-0 win over Uniao Leiria.
The Benfica defender has two caps for Spain U21 team, but he has yet to make his debut with the senior team. His main position is left-back, but he is capable of producing fine performances as a left winger as well.
Highlighted Team (Stuttgart):
VfB Stuttgart is a German football club from the regio Bad Canstatt. With over 44 000 members VfB Stuttgart can be considered as one of the top 10 biggest football clubs in the nation. The German football club was founded in 1912 and is playing in the Bundesliga since the very first day.
VfB Stuttgart is currently playing its home games in the Mercedes-Benz Arena which was build in 1933 and holds a capacity of 65 000 seats. The stadium is considered as one of the most impressive and modern stadiums in Germany. The club colors of VfB Stuttgart are White and Red. The VfB Stuttgart fans gave the club the nickname Die Schwaben.
VfB Stuttgart is a successful club in the Bundesliga winning the league title 5 times, the DFB Pokal 3 times and the Supercup once. The club from Bad Canstatt haven’t had any big successes in Europe yet. The club end as runner up in the Europacup II and the UEFA Cup. Important players in the history of Stuttgart are: Tomasson, Bierofka, Dunga, Elber, Gomez, Lahm, Kuranyi and Yakin.