On Wednesday, Bochum will face Borussia Dortmund in the DFB-Pokal Round of 16 at the Vonovia Ruhrstadion. Bochum enters this match having defeated Hoffenheim, coached by Andre Breitenreiter, 5-2 in the league.
Thomas Letsch’s Bochum won thanks to goals from attacker Philipp Hofmann, midfielder Philipp Forster, Japanese attacker Takuma Asano, Serbian center-back Erhan Masovic, and forward Moritz Broschinski. Hoffenheim’s goals came from Israeli striker Mu’nas Dabbur and Austrian midfielder Christoph Baumgartner.
The league’s 15th-ranked Bochum have won three of their last five matches. Despite being three points behind Stuttgart in 16th place, Bochum should be encouraged by their current run of form. Although winning the DFB-Pokal won’t be on their minds right now, a win over Borussia Dortmund could significantly boost morale.
Since they are third in the league, Borussia Dortmund, on the other hand, will try to take the DFB-Pokal seriously. Manager Edin Terzic, who won the DFB-Pokal as interim manager of Borussia Dortmund, will be aware that the cup competition is arguably his team’s best chance of silverware this season, despite the fact that only three points separate them from league leaders Bayern Munich.
In contrast, Borussia Dortmund prevailed in the league with a 5-1 victory over 10-man Freiburg. Edin Terzic’s Borussia Dortmund won thanks to goals from center-back Nico Schlotterbeck, forward Karim Adeyemi, striker Sebastien Haller, midfielder Julian Brandt, and American attacker Giovanni Reyna.
The goal was scored by Freiburg attacker Lucas Holer, who also had French right back Kiliann Sildillia sent off.
In January, they added young Belgian forward Julien Duranville and Norwegian right-back Julian Ryerson to the team. However, the main story was Sebastien Haller’s return, who has made a good impression since his debut. Borussia Dortmund should prevail in this match.
Prediction: Bochum 0-2 Borussia Dortmund
In eight matches played head-to-head, Borussia Dortmund has won four, lost three, and drawn one. Bochum attacker Philipp Hofmann has made 16 starts in the league and contributed eight goals. Striker Youssoufa Moukoko has made 10 league starts for Borussia Dortmund and contributed nine goals.
In 16 league starts, midfielder Julian Brandt has contributed nine goals for Borussia Dortmund. Borussia Dortmund’s English midfielder Jude Bellingham has eight goals in 18 league appearances.
Due to injuries on Wednesday, Bochum will be without Michael Esser (muscle), Cristian Gamboa (knee), and Paul Grave (shoulder). Letsch is unlikely to make many changes from the team that beat Hoffenheim at the weekend.
Gerrit Holtmann and Pierre Kunde, on the other hand, may be called upon to provide fresh legs between this cup match and their trip to Munich on Saturday to face the defending league champions.
Abdoulaye Kamara and Mateu Morey will both miss Dortmund’s short trip across North Rhine-Westphalia due to knee injuries, and fullbacks Thomas Meunier (calf) and Julian Ryerson (illness) are doubtful.
However, his suspension will only affect Saturday’s trip to Werder Bremen, not this cup match, so he should keep his position on one of the flanks. Mats Hummels, Youssoufa Moukoko, and Donyell Malen are all likely to start after being on the bench at the weekend.
Reyna is likely to join him in the starting XI after failing to make his way into Terzic’s team despite scoring goals recently.
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