Saarbrucken vs. Bayern Munich DFB-Pokal: Preview, Prediction, Team news, Lineups

Third division side Saarbrucken is gearing up for an incredible battle as they host Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich in the DFB-Pokal on Wednesday.

Match Preview

Saarbrucken made history in the 2019-20 season when they became the first-ever fourth division side to reach the semi-finals of the DFB-Pokal.

During their remarkable run, they defeated two Bundesliga opponents, FC Koln and Fortuna Dusseldorf, before ultimately losing to Bayer Leverkusen in the semi-finals.

This memorable campaign coincided with their promotion back to the third tier, where they have maintained their presence with a series of commendable finishes.

As of now, Saarbrucken finds themselves in 15th position on the table, with two games in hand on most teams above them.

However, their recent match against Dynamo Dresden was abandoned due to adverse weather conditions.

Despite potential freshness against Bayern, they are fully aware that defeating the Bundesliga giants is no small feat, even though they have a history of upsetting higher-tier teams.

Bayern Munich, while a powerhouse in German football, isn’t invulnerable to upsets.

They were defeated by second-tier side Holstein Kiel just three seasons ago.

Nevertheless, the Bavarians are currently performing at an exceptionally high level and boast incredible squad depth.

In their recent match against SV Darmstadt 98, Bayern displayed their dominance, winning 8-0, despite losing Joshua Kimmich to a red card in the fourth minute.

The team is in great form, with Harry Kane scoring a hat-trick, including a remarkable goal from inside his own half, reminiscent of David Beckham’s famous wonder strike against Wimbledon in 1996.

Leroy Sane and Jamal Musiala continued their excellent form with braces, and club legends Thomas Muller and Manuel Neuer made impactful returns from injury.

Bayern is in a strong position to challenge league leaders Leverkusen in the coming weeks.

While Bayern’s primary focus is retaining the Bundesliga and reclaiming the Champions League, they are keen to add another DFB-Pokal to their illustrious history and end a mini-drought in domestic cup success.

Saarbrucken DFB-Pokal form: W

Bayern Munich DFB-Pokal form: W

Bayern Munich form (all competitions): DWWWWW

Team News:

Saarbrucken may field the same starting XI that faced Dynamo on Sunday, given that the match was abandoned in the first half.

They will be without Richard Neudecker and Patrick Schmidt, both sidelined due to long-term injuries.

Bayern Munich, however, will likely make significant changes to their lineup as the DFB-Pokal is of lower priority compared to other competitions.

Sven Ulreich is expected to return in goal, giving Manuel Neuer a break.

Muller, Mathys Tel, and Eric Choupo-Moting are likely to join the attacking unit.

But several players, including Kingsley Coman, Dayot Upamecano, Raphael Guerreiro, Tarek Buchmann, and Gabriel Marusic, will miss the match due to injuries.

Additionally, Kimmich’s suspension and Leon Goretzka’s broken wrist present challenges for Tuchel in the midfield.

Possible Starting Lineups:

Saarbrucken:

  • Schreiber;
  • Boeder, Thoelke, Zeitz, Uaferro, Gaus;
  • Civeja, Sontheimer, Rabihic;
  • Na’ifi, Brunker

Bayern Munich:

  • Ulreich;
  • Sarr, De Ligt, Kim, Kratzig;
  • Laimer, Pavlovic;
  • Muller, Musiala, Choupo-Moting;
  • Tel

Prediction:

While Bayern might have an extensive list of unavailable players, Saarbrucken may still struggle against the Bundesliga giants. Tuchel is likely to build a strong defensive base with de Ligt and Kim Min-jae and rotate elsewhere as needed.

  • Our Prediction: Saarbrucken 0-3 Bayern Munich
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