Karlsruher take on the visitors Bayer Leverkusen at “Wildparkstadion” on the 1/32 stage of the DFB Pokal. The game will be played in Karlsruhe on Friday, August 11th.
Karlsruher completely collapsed in last season, having miserably relegated from the 2. Bundesliga. The side managed to pick up only 25 points with 27-56 goal difference in 34 encounters and predictably settled on the last place in the standings. In summer Karlsruher conducted four friendlies resulting in two triumphs and two losses, having showed inconsistent football. As 3. Liga had started in the mid-July, the team has played already four matches within the tournament, having got four points with 6-8 goal difference in them and is currently sitting on the 11th position in the table.
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Bayer Leverkusen have also failed in previous season as “Die Werkself” occupied only the 12th place in the Bundesliga with 41 points earned and negative 53-55 goal difference. In summer the side was handled to Heiko Herrlich, besides, the club has engaged Dominik Kohr and Sven Bender, however, there are much more losses in Bayer Leverkusen’s squad. “Die Werkself” have sold footballers for 60 million EUR including Kyriakos Papadopoulos, Danny da Costa, Omer Toprak, Hakan Calhanoglu and Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez. Bayer Leverkusen took only one victory alongside with three draws and three defeats in seven summer friendly clashes.
Despite the fact that Karlsruher will play in face of their supporters, Heiko Herrlich will tend to start his career in the new club from a win, moreover, simply the visitors are much stronger than the hosting side, even though they have lost half of the previous’ season’s line-up.
Prediction for the match: Bayer Leverkusen to win.