Our prediction for this DFB Pokal match:
Against all odds, Union Berlin booked their place in the German Cup last 16 thanks to a 3-1 away win over Freiburg. The capital club have been scoring goals for fun in the DFB Pokal, and they are likely to stick to their attacking style of play against Verl. Since Union Berlin have no chances of winning the national championship, we are positive that they are going to leave their hearts on the field in the German Cup game against the Regionalliga side clash.
Verl did well to beat Augsburg and Holstein Kiel in the previous two rounds, but we do not believe that they are capable of claiming yet another major scalp in the DFB Pokal. When the two teams met in Regionalliga back in 2008 Union Berlin defeated Verl 3-2, and we believe that the history is going to repeat itself.
Highlighted Player (Manuel Schmiedebach):
After starting his youth career at Nordberliner, Manuel Schmiedebach moved to Hertha BSC in 2003. The 170-cm-tall defensive midfielder scored six goals in 36 appearances for Hertha II from 2006 to 2008 and then he joined fellow Bundesliga side Hannover 96.
After playing 46 games in the league for Hannover II he made his debut for the first-team on August 8, 2009 in a 1-0 loss to his former club Hertha. Manuel Schmiedebach was born in Berlin, Germany on December 5, 1988 and it has to be noted that he has 10 caps for Germany U19 team. His main position is defensive midfield, but he is used as a right-back as well if needed.
Manuel Schmiedebach made 26 appearances for Hannover 96 in the 2016/2017 Bundesliga campaign and he provided one assist for his teammates, while receiving nine yellow cards in the process. Manuel’s preferred foot is right and his contract with die Roten expires on June 16, 2016.
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.