Reigning DFB-Pokal champions Bayern Munich continue their domestic cup campaign with a second-round trip to Holstein Kiel on Wednesday at 7.45pm (UK time).
Hansi Flick’s Bavarians set up this meeting with the 2. Bundesliga club after seeing off FC Duren in the first round, with an Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting brace and a further goal from Thomas Muller completing a routine 3-0 win back in October.
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Scoreline prediction: Holstein Kiel 1-4 Bayern Munich
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Holstein Kiel vs Bayern Munich build-up, previous line-ups & injury news:
Despite Bayern’s dominance in German football, the Bavarians are yet to win the DFB-Pokal in three consecutive seasons. However, having clinched the previous two, with last season’s 4-2 triumph over Bayer Leverkusen bringing up trophy number 20 for the club, Flick will be determined to complete a first ever three-peat.
Their opponents on Wednesday come in the form of second-tier Holstein Kiel, who are currently third in the 2. Bundesliga, just a point off current table-toppers Hamburger SV, and reached the quarter-finals of this competition in 2011/12, losing to eventual champions Borussia Dortmund.
- Holstein Kiel (vs FC St Pauli): Gelios; Dehm, Wahl, Thesker, Van Den Bergh; Meffert, Reese, Bieler, Lee, Bartels; Serra.
- Bayern Munich (vs Monchengladbach): Neuer; Pavard, Sule, Alaba, Davies; Kimmich, Goretzka, Sane, Muller, Costa; Lewandowski.
For the hosts Noah Awuku is currently sidelined, while Bayern will travel to the Holstein-Stadion without Serge Gnabry, who is struggling with a knee injury. Flick is likely to make wholesale changes, which could see Choupo-Moting handed a starting berth, as well as the likes of Jamal Musiala, Alexander Nubel, Marc Roca and Bouna Sarr.
Players to watch:
- Holstein Kiel: The Storks’ manager, 32-year-old Ole Werner, has got his side playing some very neat and purposeful football this season, with the club just a point off the German second division summit and pushing for a first-ever promotion to the Bundesliga. Part of that early-season success has come from Werner’s tactical approach, but also his ingenuity in the market, notably bringing 33-year-old Fin Bartels back to the club in the summer. The academy product has returned to Holstein Kiel after 14 years away, playing for the likes of Werder Bremen and FC St Pauli in that time, and is already the side’s most productive player, with three league goals and four assists to his name. His experience will be key against such a formidable opponent, but in the 12 games he has faced Bayern, he has lost each one, including an 8-1 reversal for FC St Pauli in 2011.
- Bayern Munich: Flick will be looking for a response having watched his side surrender a two-goal lead to lose 3-2 to Borussia Monchengladbach at the weekend, but he is likely to uphold his rotational policy for this contest, which could see back-to-back DFB-Pokal starts for Jamal Musiala. The 17-year-old England U21 international has been touted to reach the very top, and he has featured extensively this season, despite his age and the talent in front of him. The former Chelsea academy player completed the full 90 minutes in the previous round against FC Duren and will be looking to get more minutes under his belt to continue his development. Blessed with exceptional dribbling ability and a scheming intelligence in the final third, Musiala could cause considerable problems for Werner if he is given the nod.
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