Hansa Rostock take on the visitors Hertha Berlin at "Ostseestadion" in the clash of the 1/32 stage of the DFB Pokal. The match will be played in Rostock on Monday, August 14th.
Hansa Rostock have stuck in the 3. Liga. 10-15 years ago the club from Rostock regularly played in the German elite division, however, having been relegated from the Bundesliga, Hansa not only failed to get back to it, moreover, it didn't manage even to stay in the 2. Bundesliga. Last season the club occupied the 15th place in the table while this season it sits on the eighth position in the 3. Liga with seven points earned and 4-2 goal difference after four rounds. It should be noted that Hansa Rostock have failed to win in five matches in a row, covering previous season, since the 5th of April.
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As usual Hertha Berlin have collapsed at the end of last season, having lost seven out of 10 recent games in the Bundesliga. Still, it didn't prevent the Berliners from settling on the sixth position in the standings with 49 points taken and 43-47 goal difference and qualification to the UEFA Europa League. In summer "Die Alte Dame" participated in nine encounters resulting in seven triumphs and two losses, having started the official season by the Eurocups clash.
Hansa Rostock have not been beaten by Hertha Berlin in last six head-to-heads since 2003, however, last time the rivals met was in 2008. At the moment there is a great gap covering two football divisions between the sides which means that the strength and potential of the hosts and the visiting side cannot be compared as the Berliners surely much stronger.
Prediction for the match: Hertha Berlin to win.