15:30 (CEST), Sunday 13th August, Grünwalder Stadion (Munich, Germany)
Two sides who have faced despair over the past few months could look to make a run in the DFB Pokal as they face-off on Sunday Afternoon.
1860 Munich faced a double relegation in one season after losing the relegation-playoff to Jahn Regensburg. The club subsequently failed to pay for the 3. Liga thanks to the incompetence of investor Hassan Ismaik, who was unwilling to pay the fees.
Munich were then relegated to the Regionalliga Bayern for this season.
Ingolstadt were relegated a week before the season’s conclusions and with relatively the same side, it was believed that the club would lift itself back to the Bundesliga with promotion this season.
However, so far its been a struggle with the club winless and the only team in 2. Bundesliga yet to score this season. Against a “lesser” opponent on paper, this could be the game Ingolstadt needs to pick themselves up off the canvas.
Last Time Out
Schalding-Heining 1-4 1860 Munich
1860 entered their Regionalliga match with Schalding-Heining full of confidence as they looked to continue their fine start to the season. Munich started slowly, but on half time they took the lead through Nico Karger.
The visitors doubled their advantage on the hour mark when Kilian Jakob tapped in from close range and six minutes later former Augsburg striker Sascha Mölders made it three for the visitors.
Schalding-Hening grabbed a goal back before the final whistle, but 1860 added a fourth at the death when Karger tapped in his second of the game.
Sandhausen 1-0 Ingolstadt
After losing their season opener 1-0 to Union Berlin at home, Ingolstadt made the journey to Sandhausen in the hope of getting their first points of the season.
Neither team asserted themselves on the contest leaving an even match with clear cut chances coming few and far between. But on 66 minutes it was Sandhausen who took the lead and all three points.
A disastrous mistake by Romain Brégerie gifted Andrew Wooten a free passage at goal which he gladly took. The Ingolstadt side looked lethargic and disinterested as they remain winless this season.
1860 Munich Lineup
New 1860 manager Daniel Bierofka has done extremely well to turn a second string side into a winning machine. From the team that was relegated, only Sascha Mölders, Nico Karger, Nicholas Helmbrecht and Jan Mauersberger remained whilst the rest left for greener pastures.
Munich have plenty of injuries, which will be worrisome for manager Bierofka, but he is likely to name an unchanged line-up from his 4-1 winning side last time out.
Maik Walpurgis hasn’t got the balance right to his Ingolstadt side, which is sorely missing the likes of Pascal Groß, Markus Suttner (Brighton & Hove Albion) and Mathew Leckie (Hertha Berlin.)
From the team that was defeated at Sandhausen, Antonio Colak will partner Dario Lezcano up-front with Stefan Kutschke dropping to the bench ,whilst Sonny Kittel returns to the starting XI in midfield for Tobias Schröck.
Key Battle: Timo Gebhart vs Almog Cohen
Two strong hard nosed midfielders are set to go head-to-head and will play a pivotal part in settling this tie. Both players played for Nürnberg once upon a time and they represent 1860 Munich and Ingolstadt respectively.
Neither are extremely strong passers, but both play with passion and know how to inspire their team to be better footballers.
For differing reasons both sides need to win. In a match-up that means plenty to the community in Bavaria, you can guarantee that bodies will be on the line.
I expect these two to throw themselves into every tackle, make audacious plays and join the rush in attack. The one who can take control in those little battle areas will give their side the best chance of winning on Sunday.
Exploiting Ingolstadt down the right
With the departure of Markus Suttner in the summer to Brighton & Hove Albion, Ingolstadt haven’t found a genuine replacement to fill the void at left-wing back. They had signed Paulo Otávio from LASK Linz, but he has been out with injury.
Maik Walpurgis has tried left winger Marcel Gaus, but he looks incredibly uncomfortable with his defensive responsibilities.
It’s a great opportunity for the likes of Kilian Jakob and Nicholas Helmbrecht to exploit the space given by Gaus and whip in balls to Sascha Mölders into the mixer.
If 1860 can get on top of Gaus, they can find an easy avenue into the box.
1860 Munich haven’t faced too much pressure in the Regionalliga Bayern so far, currently top of the standings with only one defeat and a goal difference of 11, the best in the division.
It’s a relatively inexperienced defensive core and Ingolstadt must do what they can to apply pressure. Dario Lezcano and either Antonio Colak or Stefan Kutschke must make runs, take shots to test the keeper and play the ball quickly to allow movement into dangerous areas.
Ingolstadt themselves haven’t found the back of the net this season. Scoring early could help open the flood gates for the remainder of the contest and help drive Ingolstadt back into contention for promotion.
PREDICTION: 1860 Munich 2–1 Ingolstadt
Could one of the lowest possible sides possibly knock-off a second division opponent? It’s happened before and it will happen again with an inspired performance in front of a capacity Grünwalder Stadion.
Returning to the club’s original home has been a good omen and I believe that a side like Ingolstadt, who are lacking confidence, could easily get caught out here.
Scoring first will be pivotal and I feel the hosts will bring their club back into a good light as they progress to the second round.
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