The first round of the DFB Cup traditionally opens the season in Germany, and also traditionally, every year, at the start of the popular competition, several favorites "suffer" On Saturday, the new Bundesliga team Greuther Fürth from Babelsberg was eliminated, yesterday the winner from 2018 - Eintracht from Frankfurt (knocked out by Waldhof Mannheim) shocked, and a similar fate could befall Wolfsburg, administratively, since Mark van Bommel made a mistake with substitues.
Instead of the allowed five, he made six ... Today, four more games are on the program. The epicenter is on Fritz Walter, where Borussia Monchengladbach is visiting after a full nine years, and it could have been interesting in Cologne since Victoria welcomes Hoffenheim.
There is also a second league clash - Ingolstadt against Aue. According to the names of the rivals, the clash between Kaiserslautern and Gladbach should be one of the derbies of the first round, but as Kaiser has been sinking for years, Borussia should not have big problems, although the hot atmosphere on Walter will surely await them.
Quite simply, Kaiserslautern do not have enough quality, they are in big debts, and from year to year they are trying to survive.
Borussia is currently going through the transfer period undamaged. None of the important players left - Denis Zakaria is expected to do that in the coming days, so he should not be expected in the squad for today's match - Hannes Wolf was bought, and the place of veteran Oscar Wendt was filled by a very talented Luca Netz.
Adi Hutter makes his debut on the bench of Gladbach in the official match and he cares to start well, so we should expect a strong lineup of guests with amazing names: Stindl, Thuram, Neuhaus, Lainer, Ginter, Elvedi, Sommer.
It is certain that besides Zakaria, Embolo and Bensebaini will not compete for the team due to injuries. Borussia and Kaiser last met in the 2011/12 season. Both matches were won by the team from Monchengladbach (on Fritz Walter 2: 1), but the season before both times Kaiser were better - 1: 0 and 3: 0.
Gladbach has historically fared poorly on Fritz Walter. That triumph from 2012 is only one since 1995 until today in official matches. Still, Gladbach is a much stronger team and most expect them to win. Still, we saw a lot of surprises and we are sure that an interesting match awaits us