Our prediction for this DFB Pokal match:
A spot in the DFB Pokal final will be at stake when Leipzig and Union Berlin take on each other at Red Bull Arena on Wednesday evening. The Red Bulls have been impressive in 2022, with the team producing fine displays in all competitions. Leipzig did well to make it to both Europa League and DFB Pokal semis, and they are on the right track to secure a top-four finish in the Champions League.
Since head coach Domenico Tedesco can count on key players for the German Cup clash, home win should be considered. Dani Olmo is pushing for a start, as well as Christopher Nkunku, who came as a substitute in a hard-fought 1-0 win over Bayer Leverkusen. The capital club, on the other hand, aim to build on a 2-0 win over Eintracht Frankfurt, but they will have a much bigger fish to fry against Leipzig. Both Endo and Luthe should miss out with injuries.
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 (Union Berlin):
Union Berlin are a German football club originally founded back in 1906. Die Eisernen play home games at Stadion An der Alten Forsterei which can hold up to 22,012 spectators. Union Berlin’s home kit is red, with the team wearing white shirts and white shorts on the travels.
Union Berlin finished the 1923 domestic campaign as runners-up, with the team suffering a 3-0 loss to Hamburger SV in the title game. Speaking of the club’s biggest success in the German Cup, die Eisernen made it to the final of the competition in the 2000/2001 season. Schalke, though, proved to be a big catch for Union Berlin in the decider, with Jorg Bohme scoring a brace for die Knappen (2-0).
Union Berlin will face their local rivals Hertha in the 2019/2020 Bundesliga season as they secured promotion to the German top flight, but Hansa Rostock are considered the club’s main rivals.