Professionals | 11/08/2019

DFB-Pokal first-round

Preview ahead of the trip to Wiesbaden

Competitive football is finally back! 1. FC Köln start the 2019-20 season with a trip south to the BRITA-Arena and SV Wehen Wiesbaden on Sunday evening. The game signals the start of FC’s DFB-Pokal campaign, and will see them face a side promoted to the 2. Bundesliga for the first time in 10 years.

Form check

SV Wehen Wiesbaden: After 10 seasons of 3. Liga football, Wiesbaden made their return to the 2. Bundeslgia this year. After scoring the most goals in the third division last season, they haven’t needed any invitation to come forward in the second tier. However, they have started the season with narrow defeats to both Karlrsruher SC and Erzgebirge Aue. Rüdiger Rehm’s team enjoyed a solid pre-season, with five wins, a draw and a defeat from seven games.

1. FC Köln: Achim Beierlorzer’s pre-season with FC was a largely positive one. Despite defeats to Werder Bremen, Villarreal CF and Southampton, there were plenty of reasons to be cheerful. Five wins and plenty of attacking football were the highlights, as FC also came out on top in the pre-season tournament in Lohne between themselves, Werder and VfL Osnabrück.

The managers have had their say

Rüdiger Rehm: "There is an absolutely massive game in front of us. Köln managed to get safely back into the Bundesliga. They have a huge amount of individual quality. We need an extremely good day."

Achim Beierlorzer: "We're massively looking forward to it. Now it's about competitive football. You can see it in the team - things have gone up a notch. We're really looking forward to Wehen Wiesbaden. They'll give it everything, but we're on a good path to get into the second round. That they lost both games by the odd goal doesn't make the situation easier or more difficult. We're playing against a 2. Bundesliga side."

Squad update

SV Wehen Wiesbaden: Wiesbaden have been busy in the summer transfer window as they look to improve their squad for the 2. Bundesliga season. Including Jan-Christoph Bartels, Rehm has recruited 11 new faces for the team. Benedikt Röcker has added some necessary experience at the heart of the defence, while Michel Niemeyer has experience with Magdeburg in 2. Liga from last year.

1. FC Köln: FC welcomed in Kingsley Ehizibue, Kingsley Schindler, Birger Verstraete, Ellyes Skhiri and Sebastiaan Bornauw this summer. Florian Kainz returned to training on Thursday following the injury that kept him out of the trip to Southampton. The game will come too soon for both Marcel Risse and Noah Katterbach, as well as Christian Clemens and Ismail Jakobs. Skhiri is still on holiday.


  • Creating chances has been anything but a problem for Wehen Wiesbaden since their promotion. Taking them, however, has been. Only Holstein Kiel and Hamburger SV have averaged more shots per game than Wiesbaden (19.5) but costly misses mean they are without a point in 2. Liga thus far.
  • Rehm’s men haven’t been afraid to get stuck in following their arrival in 2. Bundesliga. An average of 16 fouls per game and seven bookings in the first two outings rank them in the top two for both statistics. That has resulted in them conceding just 12 shots per game. However, as previously stated, they’re yet to see any reward.
  • One thing that Rehm and his side did well last year was get ahead, and stay ahead. They managed to go ahead in more 3. Liga games than any other side last term. That does, however, mean that Wehen collected just 10 points from losing positions.

Opposition dangerman

He might not have been the man that had been planned to lead the line this season, but Phillip Tietz’s performances in the first two 2. Bundesliga games have earned him a place in the line-up. He came off the bench to make a positive impact against Karlsruhe, before finding the back of the net in the defeat against Erzegbirge Aue. The towering forward managed 11 goals and three assists on-loan at Carl Zeiss Jena, and that was enough for Wiesbaden to bring him in from Paderborn.


  • FC and Wiesbaden have only met twice before in competitive history. Those two matches came in the 2007-08 season, and saw the teams share 10 goals. FC secured a 2:1 victory at home, while Wiesbaden claimed a 4:3 win at the Commerzbank Arena.
  • There will be two familiar faces in the Wiesbaden ranks at the weekend. One will certainly need no introduction, with Jan-Christoph Bartels having been a part of the first-team set-up last season and the under-21 goalkeeper for large parts of the season. Jules Schwadorf was a part of the FC academy.
  • Wiesbaden have made it through to the second round of the DFB-Pokal on the last two occasions. Those first round wins came against 2. Bundesliga sides Erzgebirge Aue and FC St. Pauli. However, they haven’t made it further than round two since 2008-09; their most recent season in 2. Bundesliga.

TV Schedule

Germany, Austria – Sky Sport

Bulgaria – Nova Sport Bulgaria

Croatia – Arena Sport 6 Croatia

Cyprus – Cytavision Sports 6

Czech Republic, Slovakia – DIGI GO, Nova Sport 1

Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania – TVPlay Sports+

Portugal – Sport TV3

Romania – Telekom Sport 2 Romania

Slovenia – ŠTV 1

Spain – Movistar Liga de Campeones 1, Movistar+

Switzerland – TeleClub Sport Live


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Total table
9TSG 1899 Hoffenheim35
101. FC Köln32
111. FC Union Berlin30