2019-20 German DFB-Pokal – Verl vs Union Berlin Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When does Verl vs Union Berlin kick off? Wednesday 5th February, 2020 – 17:30 (UK)

Where is Verl vs Union Berlin being played? SPORTCLUBArena

What TV channel is Verl vs Union Berlin on in the UK? This match will not be televised live in the UK

Where can I stream Verl vs Union Berlin in the UK? Bet365 have the rights to some DFB-Pokal games so it is worth checking their website

Where can I get tickets for Verl vs Union Berlin?

Verl - https://www.sportclub-verl.de/Seite/6641/Ticketshop

Union Berlin - https://www.union-zeughaus.de/union-berlin/heimspiele_2.htm

THE TEAM NEWS

VERL

  • Fourth-tier outfit Verl are the lowest-ranked side left in the competition having knocked out Augsburg and Holstein Kiel in the previous two rounds.
  • Coach Capretti is likely to name a similar line-up to the one that started in the opening game of the year against Lippstadt 08 on Friday, including January signing Schikowski.
  • Experienced striker Janjic will lead the line having netted his 11th goal of the season last week, and Capretti has no personnel issues to deal with.

Predicted line-up (4-3-3): Bruseke; Choroba, Lach, Stockner, Ritzka; Kurt, Schallenberg, Schoppner; Yildirim, Janjic, Schikowski

Unavailable:

Doubtful:

UNION BERLIN

  • Union Berlin will be hoping to bounce back after being thrashed 5-0 at Borussia Dortmund on Saturday, their fourth loss in five games.
  • After that heavy defeat and with an important game against Werder Bremen coming up, coach Fischer is expected to rotate his squad for this match and rest some key players.
  • Ujah, Parensen and Ryerson are among those likely to come into the team, while fit-again Promel could also get some much-needed game time after making his comeback from injury in Dortmund.

Predicted line-up (3-4-1-2): Gikiewicz; Friedrich, Schlotterbeck, Parensen; Ryerson, Gentner, Andrich, Reichel; Ingvartsen; Ujah, Polter

Unavailable: Abdullahi (Injured), Gogia (Injured), Mees (Injured)

Doubtful: Kroos (Injured), Schmiedebach (Injured)

THE PREDICTION

Union Berlin are used to being the underdogs in the Bundesliga this season but they go into this cup tie as heavy favourites. Fischer’s men have struggled on their travels, particularly on the defensive front, so in any case there are likely to be a fair few goals here.

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