BFC Dynamo take on the visitors Schalke 04 at "Friedrich-Ludwig-Jahn-Sportpark" in the clash of the 1/32 stage of the DFB Pokal. The game will be played in Berlin on Monday, August 14th.
BFC Dynamo perform in the Regionalliga Nordost where finished last season sitting on the 15th place with 44 points gained and 51-54 goal difference. "Weinrot-Weiß" successfully start a new season, having beaten Luckenwalde 4:1 and got 0:0 draw against Nordhausen. The football level of the capital side is more than average even on scales of the German minor teams.
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Schalke 04 went through the disastrous last season, having failed in all competitions. "Die Knappen" managed to pick up only 43 points with 45-40 goal difference in the Bundesliga, even though the club's budget and roster allowed it to fight at least for the UEFA Europa League or even for the UEFA Champions League. During the summer break Schalke 04 replaced the head-coach and showed quite promising results: the side has not lost a single time recording five triumphs and two draws in seven matches. Schalke 04 have great expectations from the upcoming season.
The rivals have never met before and I believe that the hosts have no chances for the favourable outcome of the DFB Pokal fight, still, they are quite able to avoid the smashing defeat in it. The elite division representative is unlikely to use the strongest line-up, besides, the first official encounter of the season does not presume solid performance during all game long.
Prediction for the match: BFC Dynamo to win with +2.5 Asian handicap.