Hamburger SV hosts Karlsruher SC in the German DFB Pokal quarterfinals. The match will be played on Wednesday, March 2nd at Volksparkstadion (Hamburg)
Hamburger SV, which is headed by Tim Walter, is one of the likely contenders for promotion to the Bundesliga. The team is currently in 2nd place in the standings. It has 41 points after 23 rounds. The gap to the leading Werder Bremen is only one point. As for the German Cup, the path of the Red Shorts turned out to be quite tough. Only one out of three matches ended with victory in regulation time. It happened back in the first game against Eintracht from Braunschweig (1-2). Then Hamburg faced Nurnberg and tied 1-1 (2-4 on penalties). This was followed by another draw against FC Koln (1-1 and 3-4 on penalties).
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Karlsruher SC also plays in Bundesliga 2. However, the team doesn’t set the Thames on fire. At the moment, it is in 9th position in the standings. The Eurofighter has 32 points after 23 games. Christian Eichner’s men made one of the loudest sensations in the current German Cup draw. They beat Bayer Leverkusen in the second round (1-2). It is worth recalling that this club is on the 3rd line in the Bundesliga standings. In the other two rounds, Karlsruher SC beat such opponents as Sportfreunde Lotte (1-2) and Munich 1860 (0-1).
In the first part of the current Bundesliga 2 season, Hamburger SV and Karlsruher SC failed to determine the winner (1-1). In six of the last seven home matches in the German Cup, the Red Shorts didn’t score more than a goal against their opponents. I am convinced that Hamburg has a much better chance of advancing to the next round of the tournament. Firstly, the Dinosaurs have always played well at home. Secondly, they are simply stronger than Karlsruher at the moment. The last personal head-to-head matches between these teams were quite interesting. They regularly exchanged goals. Most likely, something similar is waiting for us now. Both teams expect to reach the semifinals of the Cup because this achievement will be very significant for them.