Our prediction for this DFB Pokal match:
Essen will be looking to extend their winning run to five games when they host Fortuna Dusseldorf at their Stadion Essen in the German Cup last 32. Christian Neidhart’s troops aim to keep their 100% record in the new season intact, and we are positive that they will adopt an attack-minded approach in Wednesday’s clash. A man to watch in the home team will be experienced attacker Simon Engelmann, who has already netted 17 goals in the new Regionalliga campaign.
Fortuna Dusseldorf, on the other hand, are on a four-match winning run in 2. Bundesliga, meaning that a lively contest is on the cards at Stadion Essen. Since both teams are likely to stick to their attacking styles of play in Wednesday’s showdown, we are tempted to put our money on both teams to score. Essen defenders should have Rouwen Hennings at bay as he has found his goal-scoring touch of late.
Highlighted Player (Alfredo Morales):
Alfredo Morales is an American football player who was born in Berlin on 12 May, 1990. The USA midfielder moved to Germany as a boy and he played for the likes of BSC Reinickendorf 21, Borussia Pankow, FC Concordia Wilhelmsruh and Hertha BSC during his youth career.
Morales played 81 games for Hertha II at senior level, scoring 11 league goals for the capital club. He made 20 appearances for the first team as well, but in 2013 he joined Ingolstadt on a two-year deal. Alfredo Morales was eligible to play for both Germany and USA, but he decided to represent the Yanks on the international level.
The 183-cm-tall midfielder made his USA debut on 29 January, 2013 against Canada. He came as a substitute 15 minutes before the final whistle. It has to be noted that Morales represented United States of America at the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup. His main position is central midfield, but he is capable of playing as both centre back and a defensive midfielder.
Highlighted Team (Dusseldorf):
Founded on May 5, 1985, Fortuna Dusseldorf are a German side that compete in Bundesliga . The Fingeraner welcome their rivals at their Espirit Arena, the venue that was opened in 2004. The capacity of the stadium is 54,600, but the venue did not host 2016 FIFA World Cup games.
Fortuna Dusseldorf play home games in red shirts and red shorts, with the team wearing white shirts with red stripes and white shorts on the travels. The club did well to win the Western German championship in 1931 and two years later they lifted the trophy in the German championship, which is considered their biggest success.
Speaking of the German Cup, Fortuna Dusseldorf won the DFB-Pokal twice (1979, 1980), while making it to the final of the competition in 1937, 1957, 1958, 1962 and 1978. The likes of Paul Janes, Anton Turek, Stanislaus Kobierski, Klaus Allofs, Ernst Albrecht and Erich Juskowiak are some of notable footballers who played for the Fingeraner in the past.