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German Cup: Hamburg vs FC Bayern Munich

Exciting north-south derby

Even though there are several other interesting matches on the schedule in the second round of the German Cup, the meeting between the two traditional clubs from the Bundesliga is a real classic and seems to be the most interesting match of this round.

Hamburg on a downward trend

It remains to be seen if and how long Hamburg can keep the game open against the record champion from Munich. It is true that the team has improved and showed a better performance since Zinnbauer took over for the fired Mirko Slomka, but Hamburg suffered a 3-0 loss to Hertha Berlin in the last game. In the first game under the new coach the team from the North of Germany played against Bayern and achieved an impressive 0-0 draw. If they can build on the performance they showed in this match, they will have a real chance to get a good result against the strong Bayern side. Hamburg had trouble with Energie Cottbus but emerged 6-3 winners in a penalty shootout to knock Cottbus out of the German Cup competition and advance to the next round. Zinnbauer’s side will face a tough opponent with Bayern in their own stadium and the coach is still unsure if injured players will return in time to play the game.

Bayern are unstoppable

FUSSBALL - DFB Pokal, Bayern vs StuttgartBayern celebrated a 4-1 victory over Preussen Muenster in the first round of the German Cup and are ready for the next challenge. Guardiola’s side had some difficulties at the start of the season, but he eventually produced a football team that is difficult to beat. Bayern have not lost a single game in this season and conceded only 2 goals in 9 matches. The Bundesliga’s top game between Bayern and Gladbach last weekend was a real classic which ended with a 0-0 draw. Bayern now tops the table with 4 points ahead of Gladbach, Wolfsburg and Hoffenheim. Guardiola will rotate his squad against Hamburg so that his out of form players can pick up some match practice and keep their rhythm. Arjen Robben was injured and didn’t play against Gladbach and it remains unclear if he will return to the squad against Hamburg. But Bayern are considered to be the clear favourites even if Robben doesn’t play.

Odds

Although they are the rank outsiders in this match with maximum odds of 11.50, Hamburg are not without chances to make it to the last 16. Of course, Bayern are highly favoured to win the north-south derby with odds of up to 1.33. At their last meeting Hamburg achieved a scoreless draw and it would sure be nice if the Hamburg defense could stop Bayern’s strong offense once again. In this scenario, there are really tempting odds for a draw of up to 6.20.  Compare odds for Hamburg vs Bayern Munich