Our prediction for this DFB Pokal match:
Hamburger SV and Freiburg go head to head at Volksparkstadion in the DFB Pokal semi-final. Die Rothosen aim to build on a 3-0 win over Karlsruher which helped them revive their promotion hopes, but they will have a mountain to climb in Tuesday’s clash. Both Maximilian Rohr and Tim Leibold are sidelined with injuries, while there are no suspended players in the home team. Christian Streich’s troops, on the other hand, aim to build on a thrilling 3-0 win over Bochum.
Freiburg are more of a team than HSV, and we predict that the Bundesliga side will prove their worth on the field. Roland Sallai scored a brace at the weekend, meaning that the opposition back-line should have him at bay. In their last meeting in the German Cup back in 2007 Hamburger defeated Freiburg 3-1, meaning that the visitors are hungry for revenge.
Highlighted Player (Nils Petersen):
Son to a football coach, Andreas, the Freiburg striker Nils Petersen is a physical forward best known for his clinical finishing. A former Bayern Munich striker never got a chance to prove his worth with Bundesliga giants and had to take a long road to prominence which included loan spells at Werder Bremen and Freiburg, before penning a permanent deal with Die Breisaguer in 2015.
Petersen’s impressive exploits during the 2017/18 season helped him get into Germany’s provisional FIFA World Cup 2018 squad although his father Andreas would argue it was his personal influence that helped Joachim Loew write his son’s name in the 23-man list. Namely, Andres Piteresen spotted the Germany manager on a beach in January and decided to ask him about his son’s chances of making it into Germany World Cup squad.
Piteresen was rewarded with his senior Germany cap in an Austria friendly but unfortunately for his father missed out on the final squad for the tournament in Russia.
Highlighted Team (Freiburg):
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Freiburg made it to the German Cup semis in the 2012/2013 DFB Pokal campaign, but their local rivals
The likes of Levan Kobiashvili, Papiss Cisse, Sascha Rieter, Joachim Low, Zlatan Bajramovic, Mohammadaou Idrissou, Roda Antar, Sebastian Kehl, Richard Golz are the notable footballers who played for Augsburg in the past. It is well known that Joachim Low helped Germany win the 2014 FIFA World Cup as a coach.