Die Schwarzgelben complete a taxing six days with a potential cup banana skin at the Allianz Arena and Al Hain-Cole thinks they may struggle without some big names
The second division side snuck past third tier Heidenheim on penalties in the last round and are huge 11/1 (12.00) underdogs with William Hill to overcome their illustrious visitors this evening.
Jurgen Klopp’s men followed up last week’s disappointing 2-1 opening Champions League defeat to Napoli with a 1-1 draw at Nuremburg that brought their 100 per cent Bundesliga record to an end but they are clear 2/9 (1.22) favourites to bounce back with a victory here.
Die Schwarzgelben have been held away to lower division Offenbach, Dusseldorf and Greuther Furth in this competition over the past three season, and you can get odds of 5/1 (6.00) on this one going into extra time after a stalemate in 90 minutes.
Klopp admits he is not expecting an easy game when his team travel to Munich, particularly with the fixture representing the third match in just six days for last year’s Champions League finalists, who also have a number of injury concerns to contend with.
Marco Reus and Marcel Schmelzer both went off injured in Saturday’s draw at Nuremburg and are unlikely to be risked tonight, while Mats Hummels persistent struggles with a back injury mean the visiting side may have a rather unfamiliar look to it.
This is good news for Die Lowen’s new boss Friedhelm Funkel, whose impressive track record of promotions with Germany’s less glamorous teams suggests he understands how to get a team punching above their weight, and will relish hosting this evening’s visitors in front of a sell-out 71,000 crowd.
Having taken four points from his first two games in charge, Funkel will be looking to really ingratiate himself with the home support by running Dortmind close in this one, and odds of 8/11 (1.73) seem generous on under 3.5 goals going in.
That bet would have paid out in 16 of 1860’s last 17 competitive home matches, as well as seven of Dortmund’s last nine away cup ties against lower league sides, so should be safe this evening.
|Under 3.5 goals for a 2pt stake at 8/11 (1.73) with William Hill
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