Tip Rot-Weiss Essen - Holstein Kiel
The lowest ranked side still in contention for the DFB Pokal, Rot-Weiss Essen, will have the chance to fight for a place in the semis when they host Holstein Kiel on Wednesday. Rot-Weiss have promotion from the fourth tier Regionalliga in their sights and will want to head there with this impressive piece of silverware in tow. They are coming from a 3-0 loss to Fortuna Dusseldorf II in the league and hope to give a better showing against their second tier opponents. Rot-Weiss have two clean sheets in their last four matches while three of their last five games have produced over 2.5 goals. Their most recent loss is the only one in the last 29 matches and will be eyeing another shocker after eliminating two Bundesliga sides and a 2. Bundesliga side already. Rot-Weiss beat Arminia Bielefeld, then eliminated Fortuna Dusseldorf and went a notch higher to beat last season’s finalists Bayer Leverkusen. They go to this game unbeaten in 17 matches at home and it will be their fourth straight home game in the competition. The only downside for Rot-Weiss Essen is that they have just one clean sheet in the last five DFB Pokal matches.
Just like Rot-Weiss, Holstein Kiel come carrying three wins, a loss and a draw in their last five matches. They play two leagues above Rot-Weiss and the least expected of them is a win here. Holstein have three clean sheets in their last four matches but their biggest reputation in this competition comes with having eliminated holders Bayern Munich. The second tier side saw off the European champions on post-match penalties after a 2-2 draw in the second round. They head to this game with five wins in their last 10 matches, and having lost once in the last eight games. In attack, Holstein Kiel have been impressive, finding the back of the net in each of their last 23 matches and have just one loss in the last 12 away matches. In each of their last two matches in this competition, Holstein won on post-match penalties and have no clean sheet in the last four.
Key points Rot-Weiss Essen - Holstein Kiel
Holstein Kiel have three clean sheets in their last four matches.
Rot-Weiss Essen have two clean sheets in the last four matches.
Rot-Weiss Essen are unbeaten in 17 home matches.
Holstein Kiel have one loss in 12 away matches.
Holstein Kiel won the last two DFB Pokal matches on penalties.
Conclusion Rot-Weiss Essen - Holstein Kiel
This match presents a great opportunity for these sides and we expect an all-out fight. Rot-Weiss have a good run at home and Holstein have done well away from home. The two sides have clean sheets in recent matches, pointing to good defences and while they fight it out, will want to keep things tight at the back. They both have impressive scoring runs and we expect both to score while keeping scores low. Go for a 1-1 draw at 90 minutes.
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Rot-Weiss Essen Holstein Kiel Prediction published on March 1, 2021