Our prediction for this DFB Pokal match:
After dropping two points in a 2-2 draw with Hertha at the weekend, Borussia Dortmund will be looking to return to winning ways when they host Union Berlin at their Signal-Iduna-Park in the German Cup round 2. The Millionaires have been producing splendid displays under Lucien Favre this season and we are positive that they are going to give fans yet another reason for celebration on Wednesday evening. A man to watch in the home team will be USA international Christian Pulisic, who is likely to be recalled to the starting XI. Union Berlin, on the other hand, are fully focused on securing promotion to the German top flight, therefore, we do not believe that they are going to spoil Borussia Dortmund’s party at Signal-Iduna-Park. When the two teams met in the DFB Pokal two seasons ago the Millionaires defeated the 2. Bundesliga side on penalties.
Highlighted Player (Manuel Schmiedebach):
After starting his youth career at Nordberliner, Manuel Schmiedebach moved to Hertha BSC in 2003. The 170-cm-tall defensive midfielder scored six goals in 36 appearances for Hertha II from 2006 to 2008 and then he joined fellow Bundesliga side Hannover 96.
After playing 46 games in the league for Hannover II he made his debut for the first-team on August 8, 2009 in a 1-0 loss to his former club Hertha. Manuel Schmiedebach was born in Berlin, Germany on December 5, 1988 and it has to be noted that he has 10 caps for Germany U19 team. His main position is defensive midfield, but he is used as a right-back as well if needed.
Manuel Schmiedebach made 26 appearances for Hannover 96 in the 2016/2017 Bundesliga campaign and he provided one assist for his teammates, while receiving nine yellow cards in the process. Manuel’s preferred foot is right and his contract with die Roten expires on June 16, 2016.
Highlighted Team (Borussia Dortmund):
1909 by eighteen footballers from Dortmund. Die Schwarzgelben (The Black and Yellows) play their home games at Signal Iduna Park, but the stadium’s original name is Westfalenstadion. The capacity of Borussia’s home ground is 81,539 and it has to be noted that the stadium was opened in 1974. BVB have the highest average attendance in the world of football.
Borussia Dortmund have won eight Bundesliga trophies, while clinching the German Cup title three times.
However, the club’s biggest success came in 1997 when they outplayed Juventus in the Champions League final. Karl-Heinz Riedle scored a brace for BVB in the 3-1 win over Juve, with Lars Ricken finding the net in the title game as well. Borussia’s biggest rivals are Schalke 04 and the two teams square off against each other in the Revierderby.