Duisburg take on the visitors Nurnberg at "Schauinsland-Reisen Arena" in the game of the 1/32 stage of the DFB Pokal. The match will be played on Monday, August 14th.
Duisburg showed strong performance in previous season. "Die Zebras" took 68 points with 52-32 goal difference in 38 rounds and won the 3. Liga. During the summer pause the team successfully played numerous friendly clashes: the side got five wins, a draw and two defeats in eight encounters. However, the 2. Bundesliga hasn't been so kind to Duisburg, as a result, 0:1 loss to SG Dynamo Dresden and 1:1 draw against Bochum. Though it should be noted that "Die Zebras" have been broken only twice in front of their fans since the 13th of August 2016.
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In contrast to the upcoming hosts, Nurnberg collapsed last season, having settled on the 12th position in the 2. Bundesliga table with 42 points earned, though they had been considered the favourites on the eve of the previous season. While, this summer is quite inspiring for the club which has won eight consecutive clashes including friendly battles and two official matches at the start of new season: 3:0 vs. Kaiserslautern and 1:0 vs. Regensburg.
If take into consideration only official clashes, Duisburg have not been beaten by Nurnberg since 2008 across last five head-to-heads, having gained three victories and two draws in them. I believe that this time as well the hosting team is able not to lose in a regular time.
Prediction for the match: Duisburg to win with +0.5 Asian handicap (1X).