The draw for the 2017/2018 German Cup finals put two of the title contenders together in the last 16. Bayern, winner of the tournament in 2015/2016, will face Borussia Dortmund, who won the competition last season. The definition of the survivor will be made at the Allianz Arena in Munich, starting at 5:45 pm EST.
The competition rules establish a single match definition. Thus, tie causes the realization of a 30-minute extension and, if need be, decision on penalties charges.
The recent performance of Bayern MunichThe previous season, Bayern fell into contention to maintain their trophy also in Munich and in front of Borussia Dortmund. This year, he has already had a scare. In the second round of the German Cup, they needed a penalty shootout to beat Leipzig at the home of their rivals after a 1-1 draw in the normal time and without overtime.
Very different from what happened in the first phase when, at home, thrashed the little Chemizer by 5 to 0 and also of what is happening in the German Championship. By beating Stuttgart 1-0 on Saturday, December 16, Bayern completed the first round of the competition with 41 points (13 wins, two draws and two losses). They are 11 more than Schalke, placed second.
The tranquility in the Bundesliga should make Bayern prioritize in some moments of the second half of the season the cups. To do this he must overcome the ‘ghost’ of elimination for Dortmund.
Wear has not been a serious problem for coach Jupp Heinckes. He has a great cast and can promote the cast relay when needed. In this way, he has won nine victories in the last ten games.
Against Frankfurt, Heinckes can count on goalkeeper Sven Ulreich (12 matches in the 2017/2018 German Championship). Reserve, he has been replacing starter Manuel Neuer (three games in the current season), but was out of two matches with Tom Starke (two games), the third goalkeeper, taking over the position. He came back in style. It defended a penalty in the extras of the second half avoiding that Bayern yielded the tie. Thus increased to three the series of matches in which the club was not leaked.
In Europe, there is a tradition of making the goalkeepers relay in cups. That’s why Ulreich had been starting from the start of the German Cup. Having been elevated to the starting position over the long period in which Neuer is injured, Heinckes can even climb Starke to the game on Wednesday, although Ulreich’s retention is more likely.
Out of action should follow the socks Thiago Alcântara (nine games, one goal) and Arjen Robben (11 games, three goals). They are in the process of injury recovery.
The current form of Borussia Dortmund
Dortmund lived a roller coaster in the current season. Under the command of Dutch coach Peter Bosz, he began the Bundesliga dispute in a devastating way, reaching to open five points in the comparison with rival Bayern Munich. The coach, however, went into shock with important players in the cast. The crisis of relationship caused a brutal fall of income.
It affected not only the German championship when the club fell in the standings, but also the European Champions League where Borussia Dortmund were eliminated in the group stage and now will have to play the Europa League in the second half of the season.
Bosz was eventually fired and Peter Stoger took on the task of reinstating the team in the top positions. He was successful in the first two games. Defeated, away from home, Mainz, by 2 to 0, in his debut. On Saturday, December 16, at home, he tapped the Hoffenhein 2-1.
This led the team to 28 points (eight wins, four draws and five losses). Dortmund came in third, even though it has the same score as Bayer Leverkusen, Leipzig and Borussia Monchengladbach. It surpasses all of them in the tiebreaker criteria.
The clash with Bayern is the last game before the deadlock due to strong German winter. For the start, Stoger can hardly count on athletes who are delivered to the medical department. They are: defenders Lukasz Pizczek (seven matches in the 2017/2018 season of the German Championship, no goal) and Erik Durm (no performances); and Gonzalo Castro (12 games without a goal), Mario Gotze (ten games, one goal), Jacob-Brunn Larsen (one match, no goal), Maximilian Philipp (11 matches, six goals) and Sebastian Rode ).
History of the matches between Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund
The teams’ encounters in cups have been frequent. In the German Cup 2016/2017, Dortmund eliminated the Bavarians by scoring 3-2 in Munich. The change of Bayern came already in the current season. In the dispute of the Supercopa of Germany, in the stadium of the rival, was the trophy in the decision by penalties after tie by 2 to 2 in the regulating time.
Also in the 2017/2018 season, for the German Championship, Bayern defeated Dortmund 3-1 at Signal Iduna Park in a first-round match.
The two victories in the Bundesliga in new direction showed an immediate reaction of the cast in relation to the lack of disposition that the team had been demonstrating under the command of Bosz. However, the quality of football has not evolved much. That way, Bayern are the best option to hunch this Wednesday with a price of 1.45 in Rivalo. Draw pays 4.80 and successful visitor yields 6.50 for 1.