Our prediction for this DFB Pokal match:
Buoyed by a 2-1 win over Borussia Dortmund, Union Berlin will be looking to give fans yet another reason for celebration when they welcome Paderborn at Stadion An der Alten Forsterei in the German Cup last 32. Union Berlin made life difficult for Bayern Munchen at home as well a couple of weeks ago, and it is no wonder they are seen as hot favourites to win the DFB Pokal clash. Andrich returns from suspension for the hosts.
Paderborn, on the other hand, aim to build on a hard-fought 1-0 win over Osnarbuck in 2. Bundesliga, but Union Berlin are likely to pose a much bigger threat for the visitors than their previous rivals. Steffen Baumgart’s troops have already suffered three defeats on the road this season, which is yet another reason why we are tempted to put our money on the capital club.
Highlighted Player (Marvin Friedrich):
Marvin Friedrich is a product of FSC Guxhagen football school. The German footballer played for the likes of OSC Vellmar, Paderborn and Schalke during his youth career as well before making his senior debut with die Knappen.
Marvin Friedrich scored 4 goals in 30 appearances for Schalke B before he started playing for the senior team. The German defender made his Bundesliga debut on September 13, 2014 in a 4-1 loss to Borussia M’gladbach. Nowadays Friedrich plays for Union Berlin as he signed a permanent deal with the Bundesliga side on July 5, 2019. His main position is centre-back, but he is capable of producing fine performances as both left and right back as well.
Friedrich’s contract with Union Berlin expires on June 30, 2022. The versatile defender has yet to make his debut with the Germany senior team, but he has four caps with Germany U20 and three with Germany U19 respectively.
Highlighted Team (Paderborn):
Welcoming their rivals at Benteler-Arena, Paderborn are a German club that will compete in the Bundesliga in the 2019/2020 season. The club played their first ever match in the German top flight on August 24, 2019, with the team sharing the spoils with Mainz (2-2) in front of home fans.
Benteler-Arena can hold up to 15,000 spectators and it was opened on July 20, 2008. Paderborn play their home matches in blue and black shirts and black shirts, but white is the dominant colour of their away kit. Until the 1980s TuS Scholls Neuhaus were considered the club’s main rivals are Arminia Bielefeld, with the two teams facing each other in Ostwestfalenderby.
This rivalry was established in the 2008/2009 season when Arminia Bielefeld dropped to the 2. Bundesliga. It has to be noted that Paderborn have yet to represent Germany in European competitions.