10th August DFB Pokal
Posted on August 10th, 2015
Arminia Bielefeld vs Hertha Berlin DNB @1.73
Two 0-0 draws in their opening two games of the Bundesliga 2 season isn’t the worst start in the world for the newly promoted Bielefeld side. However, they face Bundesliga opposition in the form of Hertha, who narrowly escaped a relegation playoff last season. The Berlin side, yet to start their campaign, are short of form, but will be looking to get their cup run off to a good start against the side who surprisingly knocked them out of the same competition on penalties last season in round 2. Strangely enough, Bielefeld also knocked out fellow Bundesliga opposition Monchengladbach in the quarter finals last year, on penalties. I’ve gone for Draw-no-bet to cover off the threat of extra-time again this year, but I don’t think Bielefeld have shown enough firepower this season to be capable of beating a Hertha team who will undoubtedly be more wary of their lower league opponents this time around.
St. Pauli vs Borussia Monchengladbach @1.65
Further Bundesliga 2 opposition, this time up against Monchengladbach. St. Pauli finished last season in 15th place in the second tier, and have drawn 1 and won 1 so far this season. Their opponents will be tough, having finished 3rd in the top tier in Germany last year and with an impressive squad. The odds look reasonably attractive, possibly because ‘Gladbach are the away side and are yet to get their season underway, however I would expect the their quality to come through and see off the power league opposition.