On Monday, the first round of the DFB-Pokal will take place at Stadion der Freundschaft with Energie Cottbus hosting Werder Bremen.
Werder Bremen, a team from the fourth tier, did make it to the DFB-Pokal final in 1997, and only Bayern Munich can boast more DFB-Pokal victories than Werder Bremen’s six.
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Tips and Prediction
Between 1997 and 2014, Energie Cottbus alternated between the top two divisions of German football, but in recent years, they have struggled. Last season, they finished third in Regionaliga Nordost, and manager Claus-Dieter Wollitz came up short of guiding them back into the 3. Liga.
No team in their division lost fewer games than Energie, but eventually, too many draws prevented them from qualifying for the promotion play-offs, where they could have had a chance to return to the third tier.
But even though this competition won’t be their primary focus this season, Wollitz’s team enters Monday’s cup match with a slim chance of an upset after winning three of their last four preseason friendly.
However, they haven’t competed in this tournament since falling 3-1 to Bayern three seasons ago, thus the home crowd will probably be yelling for their team to give it their all against a team that was just playing in the tier above them last year.
That has obviously changed now that Werder Bremen, who were demoted for the first time since 1980, clinched second place behind champions Schalke 04 to return to the Bundesliga at the first opportunity.
Since leaving Holstein Kiel to become the manager of Die Werderaner in November of last year, boss Ole Werner has significantly improved the club’s performance. His team has won 13 of its 19 games under his leadership, helping them defeat third-place Hamburger SV by three points in the end.
In an effort to avoid becoming involved in another relegation struggle, the club has signed seven new players so far this summer, with Jens Stage’s £3.6 million transfer from FC Copenhagen garnering the most attention.
However, Werner and his players have had a mixed preseason, with two victories, one draw, and two losses indicating they will need to watch out for complacency before Monday’s trip to Cottbus in a competition where Werder Bremen have a lot of historical precedent to live up to.
Since this cup match is both teams’ first competitive game of the year, we anticipate a rather slow-paced contest.
The visitors, who will be anxious to avoid any surprises before their return to the Bundesliga next weekend, may be pleased enough with a narrow victory in the end, according to both teams.