[ClevPicks Prediction]: Teutonia Ottensen vs. RB Leipzig: At Least 5 For Leipzig?
Teutonia Ottensen, a DFB Cup rookie, will have their hands full playing Timo Werner and the defending champions RB Leipzig.
When RB Leipzig kicks off their delayed match against fourth-tier Teutonia Ottensen on Tuesday, Timo Werner is vying to start again (kick-off: 8.46pm CEST).
On Saturday, Werner sat out Leipzig's victory over Wolfsburg as they picked up their first victory of the new campaign. With just over an hour gone, Andre Silva and the Germany international switched places in the assault. With a challenging matchup against UEFA Europa League champion Eintracht Frankfurt coming up this weekend, head coach Domenico Tedesco will probably reshuffle his lineup. He has access to attacking talents like Emil Forsberg and Dominik Szoboszlai. After missing the previous two games due to injury, starting goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi won't be counted on, while both Marcel Halstenberg and Kevin Kampl are out with suspensions. Christopher Nkunku, a talisman who scored twice against Wolfsburg, might get a break.
Teutonia are 59 rungs lower on the German football ladder than Leipzig, who is eighth in the Bundesliga after four rounds of games. The team from Hamburg is making its DFB Cup debut after winning the Landespokal Hamburg in 2021–2022. They leave for Leipzig having just defeated the Werder Bremen reserves 2-1 at home for their second victory in five Regionalliga Nord games, but without injured captain Marcus Coffie, a former member of the Freiburg U19s. Pascal Steinwender and Ole Wohlers, both four-goal scorers, are the dangermen for head coach David Bergner, whom Tedesco has referred to as a tactical "fox." Due to the artificial surface at Stadion Hoheluft, Ottensen had to forfeit the right to host the match. The game was moved to the Red Bull Arena when the Greifzu Stadium's turf was ruled unusable hundreds of miles away in Dessau.
Werner has scored 96 goals for Leipzig from 162 appearances across all competitions, closing up on the century mark.
Nkunku's four DFB Cup goals have all come during the tournament's semifinal run last year, where he also netted the game's pivotal equalizer against Freiburg and converted the opening penalty in the shootout.
In three of their ten DFB Cup appearances, Leipzig has made it to the final, but thrice they have also lost against lower-league competition.
Since Schalke in 2001 and 2002, only Bayern Munich has successfully defended its DFB Cup crown.
Ottensen, a 1905-founded team, has competed in Germany's fourth tier since 2020.
Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting, a footballer for Bayern presently, played for Teutonia for five years as a young player after joining the Hamburg-based team when he was six years old.
Teutonia: Zummack - Weidlich, Olayisoye, Uphoff, Jesgarzewski - Steinwälder, Brandt (c), Meyer, Monteiro, Berisha - Wohlers
Out: Coffie (shin)
Coach: David Bergner
Leipzig: Blaswich - Simakan, Orban (c), Gvardiol - Novoa, Schlager, Haidara, Raum - Szoboszlai - Forsberg, Werner
Out: Halstenberg (suspended), Kampl (suspended), Klostermann (ankle), Poulsen (thigh)
Doubtful: Gulacsi (muscular)
Coach: Domenico Tedesco
Leipzig should have the skill to repel the threat of lower-league opponents even with a more experimental lineup, and numerous fringe players will be itching to impress before a period where the entire team will be needed.
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