Professionals | 28/10/2019

DFB-Pokal second-round

Preview ahead of the trip to Saarbrücken

The Cup has its own rules. 1. FC Köln found that out in the first round against Wehen Wiesbaden, but managed to battle into round two on penalties. Achim Beierlorzer’s side are now tasked with in form 1. FC Saarbrücken, who are keen to inflict a second upset in as many Pokal games.

Form check

1. FC Saarbrücken: FCS have taken to the mantle of being the top team in Regionalliga Südwest like a duck to water. Dirk Lottner’s team have dropped just five points in 15 league games, as well as progressing through the first two rounds of the Saarlandpokal. The biggest win of the season was notably the victory over Jahn Regensburg in the first round of the DFB-Pokal. They warmed up perfectly for the game against FC with a 5:0 win over Kickers Offenbach at the weekend.

1. FC Köln: FC were brought back down to earth following the 3:1 defeat against Mainz on Friday evening. Simon Terodde’s goal looked to have set them on their way to a second consecutive win, but an indifferent performance and a controversial refereeing decision mean that Achim Beierlorzer’s men will be looking to get back on track this weekend.

The managers have had their say

Dirk Lottner: “We want to play attacking football, with focus on going forward quickly without trying to play around too much – at the moment, we’ve been successful with that and have an eight-point gap at the top of the league. The game against FC comes at what is then an unfortunate time. But as the outsider, we can give everything. We still want to put in a good performance.”

Achim Beierlorzer: “It's a different week in comparison to normal due to the busy week. Saarbrücken are the best team in the Regionalliga Südwest. They're not a Regionalliga team. They're a 3. Liga team from their level. Sebastian Jacob has 13 goals this season and is in great form; Gillian Jurcher has been dangerous behind him. We've got to stay stable.”

Squad update

1. FC Saarbrücken: Fanol Perdedaj will be available for the DFB-Pokal, as he served the first of a two-game suspension against Offenbach on Saturday. Saarbrücken have no new injury worries after the 5:0 win, with Rasim Bulic, Cedric Euschen, Mergim Fejzullahu, Steven Zellner all longer term issues.

1. FC Köln: Achim Beierlorzer confirmed that the players who featured in Mainz came through the game without any problems. Birger Verstraete came through team training, while Matthias Bader and Lasse Sobiech completed individual sessions on Sunday. Christian Clemens is still absent.

Opposition dangerman

Sebastian Jacob has been the man to watch for Saarbrücken this season. After a solid campaign last year, he’s picked up where he left off to find the net 13 times in 13 games. The former Kaiserslautern man will be keen to carry on his good form and show what he can do against the big boys. Gillian Jurcher and Fabian Eisele have combined excellently with Jacob to create hugely dangerous front three for Lottner’s men.

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Total table
13Hertha BSC26
141. FC Köln23
151. FSV Mainz 0522