Our prediction for this DFB Pokal match:
A place in the DFB Pokal semis will be at stake when Saarbrucken and Fortuna Dusseldorf face each other at Hermann-Neuberger-Stadion on Tuesday evening. Saarbrucken aim to build on a 4-0 win over Balingen in the Regionalliga, but they will have a much bigger fish to fry against the Bundesliga side. Saarbrucken are a real force to be reckoned with at home, and you should know that they are on a seven-game winning run at home in the league.
Fortuna Dusseldorf, on the other hand, are fighting hard to secure the Bundesliga survival, but they have big ambitions for the German Cup final stages as well. The visitors booked their place in the DFB Pokal quarter-finals by beating Villingen, Aue and Kaiserslautern, but defeating Saarbrucken on the road is easier said than done. In their last meeting in a competitive match the two teams played out a goalless draw, meaning that share of spoils is on the horizon.
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 (Fortuna 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.