Cup: Hoffenheim vs Furth
Quarterfinal match of German Cup which will be played on Rhein Neckar Arena. In case of a draw, extra-time and penalties would approach meaning no second leg in any case.
Hoffenheim is currently on eight position in Bundesliga with seven points less then sixth placed rival from Leverkusen, last place that leads to European competitions next season. Having this in mind, it’s for sure that they are taking this game very seriously because it is already quarterfinals, they are playing at home and are having a really good draw facing up against second league team so late in the competition. They didn’t enter New Year in a best appropriate way as they have only two points out of three games, both earned at home against weaker opponents (Hannover 0:0 and Augsburg 2:2), while they have lost on the road against in-form league leaders Dortmund 1:3. Coming of a 2:2 disappointing draw at home against one of the weakest teams in Bundesliga they will surely be looking to bounce back with a victory here. Home team will be without standard central defender Isaac Vorsah who is suspended.
Greuther Furth is once again very close to promotional positions in 2.Bundesliga being currently on fourth position. However, they haven’t started very well second part of the season as they have lost on the road to mid-table team Dynamo Dresden 3:1. Even their coach criticized them because of many defensive mistakes done in that match and urged them to show different face tonight. Being on the fourth position and having really quality opponents to fight for the promotion, also more then a long history of failing to win promotion, it is obvious that this game means a lot to visitors too and that they will try to make a surprise here. Only one absent player for guests in this match will be Bernd Nehrig who was a standard right back till now.
Both teams prefer to play open and attacking style, having in mind that this game is only one legged over 2.5 goals isl logical choice here.