Round of 16 action in the DFB Pokal will take place on Wednesday, as Vfl Bochum host Borussia Dortmund. The visitors will be favoured to get the victory this week, as they have been in excellent goal scoring form over recent weeks.
DFB Pokal Preview
It hasn’t been the most straightforward season for Dortmund by any stretch of the imagination, but the German club once again has a leading chance to win a piece of silverware this term. Dortmund last claimed victory in the DFB Pokal in the 2020-21 season, but that was their first appearance in the final of the competition since 2017.
This will be Dortmund’s first fixture in the competition since the middle of October, where they edged to a 2-0 win over Hannover in the second round. However, their recent form has been extremely encouraging, as they have landed four straight victories in the Bundesliga. The latest of those was a fine 5-1 home win over Freiburg over the weekend.
Bochum is yet to win the DFB Pokal. They have reached the final on two previous occasions, with their latest appearance in the showpiece coming back in the 1987-88 final. They have often fallen short in this competition, as they have crashed out in the opening three rounds in five of the previous six seasons.
However, they did progress through to the quarterfinals last term. Their recent form is fairly steady, as they have picked up three victories from their previous five matches. Meanwhile, they booked their spot in this stage of the competition in October, as they landed a hard-fought 1-0 win over Elversberg away from home. The only goal in that win was scored by Anthony Losilla with five minutes remaining.
Bochum vs Borussia Dortmund Head to Head
In competitive fixtures, Dortmund has claimed four wins from the previous five meetings between the sides since 2009. Over that run, Bochum has claimed just a single victory, with that success being recorded in April 2022. However, Dortmund were easy 3-0 winners in the previous meeting between the sides this season.
Bochum vs Borussia Dortmund Prediction
This looks set to be an exciting game in the DFB Pokal this week. However, it looks very hard to take on Dortmund given their excellent recent run of form in Germany. We could see the travelling side picking up a comfortable 2-0 win to book their spot in the next round.
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