Leipzig’s Christopher Nkunku, right, celebrates after scoring his side’s second goal during a German Bundesliga soccer match between Bayern Munich and Leipzig at the Allianz Arena in Munich, Germany, Saturday, Feb. 5, 2022. (AP Photo/Andreas Schaad)
The DFB-Pokal quarterfinals take place on Tuesday and Wednesday
Both Bayern and Dortmund are already out of the competition, with RB Leipzig the only relevant club left
Find the odds for all four games and three previews below
The DFB-Pokal quarterfinals are upon us, with a berth in the semis on the line. Surprisingly, only four of the eight teams left in the competition are from the Bundesliga in RB Leipzig, Bochum, Union Berlin, and Freiburg.
Also, Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich have already crashed out of the German Cup, with one of these two giants winning it all in five of the last six years.
Keep reading for the odds and previews for our top three picks of the quarterfinals.
DFB-Pokal Quarterfinals Odds
FC Union Berlin vs FC St. Pauli
Hamburger SV vs Karlsruher SC
Hannover 96 vs RB Leipzig
VFL Bochum vs SC Freiburg
Oddsa as of February 28th at Barstool
Union Berlin vs St. Pauli Prediction
An inspired Union Berlin side who are coming off a 3-1 victory over Mainz on the weekend host St. Pauli on Tuesday. It wasn’t an easy road for Union to get to the quarterfinals of the DFB-Pokal, however, narrowly coming out on top in the Round of 16 in a Berlin derby against Hertha, winning 3-2.
Urs Fischer’s side were three goals to the good by the 55th minute and eventually gave up a second goal late in injury time but managed to hold on. Coming into this fixture, Union isn’t in the greatest form though, losing three straight before Saturday’s victory.
St. Pauli, who competes in the 2. Bundesliga, are enjoying a fantastic campaign and look to be well on their way to promotion this term. They also pulled off the unthinkable in the last round of the German Cup, beating Dortmund 2-1 in January on home soil.
#Schultz: “We’ve had a tough cup run with interesting and combative opponents. We want to keep that going in Berlin. Being in the quarter-final isn’t something we take for granted. We’re looking forward to it.“ #fcsp | #fcufcsp pic.twitter.com/LoDSqKeziW
— FC St. Pauli English (@fcstpauli_EN) February 28, 2022
The last meeting between these two sides saw St. Pauli win 3-2 in 2019 in the second-tier. By no surprise, Union is a heavy favorite, but the visitors are really playing well in this competition while the hosts are struggling to find results lately. Take the underdog to continue their Cinderella run. Also, the over has been hit in two straight clashes between them. There’s value again.
Pick: St. Pauli (+370), Over 2.5 Goals (-141)
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Hannover 96 vs RB Leipzig Prediction
Hannover prepares for a tall task on Wednesday as they welcome RB Leipzig to HDI Arena. The hosts were utterly dominant in the last 16, taking full advantage of an out-of-form Borussia Monchengladbach side. Hannover ran riot on them in a convincing 3-0 victory, with Hoffenheim loanee Maxi Beier netting a double.
In fact, he already has four goals to his name in the DFB-Pokal in just two appearances. Christoph Dabrowski’s men have also scored 10 times in their first three rounds of this competition while conceding none.
Leipzig is looking very good right now, going unbeaten in five matches while notching three straight wins. Domenico Tedesco’s group comfortably handled second-tier outfit Hansa Rostock in the last round, cruising to a 2-0 victory. However, their form on the road in the Bundesliga isn’t great in 2020/21, going just 3-4-5.
It’s been a hot minute since Hannover and Leipzig locked horns, with the latter running out as 3-0 winners in the 2019/20 Bundesliga campaign. Although Hannover is showing very well in the German Cup, I think their road will end here. But, I do think they’re going to put up a respectable fight and keep scoring.
Pick: RB Leipzig to Win And Both Teams to Score +175
VFL Bochum vs SC Freiburg Prediction
The only all-Bundesliga battle of the quarters will see Bochum play host to Freiburg on Wednesday. Bochum, who is currently mid-table in the top flight, suffered a heartbreaking 1-0 defeat over the weekend thanks to Leipzig star Christopher Nkunku’s right boot late in the second half. But, that was only their first loss in six games, even shocking Bayern during that span. As for the DFB-Pokal, Thomas Reis’s squad took down Mainz in the Round of 16 behind a brace from striker Milos Pantovic.
Freiburg is flying this term in fifth place and can literally taste European football. Christian Streich’s squad is also fresh off a fine victory against Hertha, putting three past the visitors in a stellar attacking display. They also made easy work of Hoffenheim in the last round of the German Cup as midfielder Vincenzo Grifo propelled the side to a 4-1 win with two goals of his own.
Bundesliga newcomers Bochum defeated Freiburg in November in a 2-1 result. In fact, they’ve won three in a row against their quarterfinals oppositions, dating back to 2015. Based on this alone, the hosts are a solid pick.
Pick: Bochum +225