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Bremen SV will aim to bring about the giant homicide of all the giant homicides in the DFB Cup when they play against the Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich in the first-round match on Wednesday.
The draw was originally scheduled for the first week of August, but a coronavirus cluster at the fifth division team forced the game to take place on April 25.
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While every second DFB Cup first round encounter was settled over two weeks ago, Bremer’s COVID-19 outbreak has forced fans to wait for this blockbuster event, which will take place in the Weserstadion residential investment instead of the Panzenberg stadium.
However, Benjamin Eta‘s men are now active again in the Bremen League – where they have lifted the crown 14 times over the years – and the reigning Bremen Cup winner started the league season with a 3-1 win against Blumenthaler SV at the weekend.
After falling behind in the first half Nuno Porquet‘s hit that saw a 13-minute tide in the second half Mahdi Matar, Oscar Garcia and Sebastian Kurkiewicz from the 77th minute all goals to lead the team to a hard-won triumph.
After winning the eighth title in the Bremer Pokal last season, Bremer made it into the first round of the DFB Cup, but at that point was eliminated in eight of the last nine appearances in this competition, with the exception of a second round at FC St. Pauli in the 1986/87 season.
The chances of avoiding another out in the first round are clear against the hosts, as Bayern are trying to establish their stronghold in this competition after their atypical failure last season.
After two consecutive DFB Cup wins in the 2018/19 and 2019/20 seasons Hansi FlickBayern were shocked by Holstein Kiel in the last sixteen last season Marc Roca missed his penalty kick when the 2nd Bundesliga put down a spectacular giant kill after a 2-2 draw.
Borussia Dortmund got their hands on the crown this year before losing out to Bayern’s superiority in the Supercup, and after a 1-1 draw against Borussia Mönchengladbach on the opening day of the league season, Julian Nagelsmanns team had to do it the hard way to beat Cologne 3-2 on August 22nd.
A hectic 21 minute saw Robert Lewandowski and Serge Gnabry gave Bayern two goals for good Mark Uth and Anthony Modeste Cologne moved to equalize, but Gnabry went on to score for the winning goal in the 71st minute of the competition.
The last team to knock Bayern out of the DFB Cup in the first round was TSV Vestenbergsgreuth in the 1994/95 season – a notorious result in Bavarian folklore – but a Bremen win on Wednesday would be even more annoyed, when Bayern are aiming for the 21st title at Germany’s first cup tournament.
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Bremer used a 4-2-3-1 formation for his league win over the weekend, but Eta will certainly be tempted to set up a five-man chain to keep the result as respectable as possible.
Garcia will hope to bring the nod up Sebastien Kmiec after netting as a replacement on the weekend, while a shift to a chain of five could be seen Ikrami Olatunji introduced to defense.
Bavaria remains without a French trio Kingsley Coman (paralyze), Benjamin Pavard (Ankle) and Lucas Hernandez (Knee) for Wednesday’s game, while Roca’s ankle problem is also expected to put him on hold for now.
However, Manuel Neuer was considered fit enough to play against Cologne despite having beaten his ankle in the Supercup, but Sven Ulreich should be given an outlet here.
Leroy Sané Endured a hot 45 minutes against Cologne before he was withdrawn for Jamal Musiala – the effect of which was immediately noticeable – and the 18-year-old was able to join other interested parties Malik Tillman and Chris Richards in the XI here.
Bremer SV possible starting line-up:
Sailor; Warm, Olatunji, Nobile, Waki, Orlick; Muszong, Arnhold, Matar; Diop, Garcia
Bayern Munich possible starting line-up:
Ulreich; Stanisic, Nianzou, C. Richards, O. Richards; Tolisso, Kimmich; Gnabry, Musiala, Choupo-Moting; Tillman
Probability: Bremer SV 0-4 Bayern Munich
A DFB Cup tie against the fifth division team gives Nagelsmann the chance to judge some of his youthful starlets from the first whistle, and the 20-time winner should have too much for Bremer, no matter which team he puts up.
The hosts will enjoy the opportunity to compete with the best of the best, but hopes of a huge death are low despite Bayern’s somewhat shaky start to the season.
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