DFB-Pokal - the FC Heidenheim v Eintracht preview
The last competitive match in 2017 will see the Eagles travel to Heidenheim for the DFB-Pokal round of the last 16.
FC Heidenheim - Eintracht Frankfurt
- Kick-off: Wednesday (20 December 2017), 20.45 CET
- Venue: Voith-Arena, Heidenheim
- Referee: Sven Jablonski (4 Bundesliga games, 28 Bundesliga 2 games)
The DFB-Pokal round of the last 16 clash will be the very first encounter of Heidenheim and Eintracht in a competitive match. FCH are 15th in Bundesliga 2 after 18 matchdays (15 points), they drew 1-1 with Erzgebirge Aue last weekend. The Eagles played an impressive first season half and are in spot 8 on 26 points; they suffered a last minute equalizer against Schalke on Saturday (final score 2-2).
It is the second time for the Bundesliga 2 side to proceed that far in the competition. 2015/16 they proceeded to the quarter finals in which they were eliminated by Hertha. FCH managed to beat a Bundesliga team only once (in seven cup games) when the won against Werder Bremen 2-1 in 2011/12. This year they so far went past third divisdion team SpVgg Unterhaching (4-0) and fellow Bundesliga 2 side Jahn Regensburg (5-2).
The Eagles have not yet conceded a goal in th running cup campaign beating TuS Erndtebrück 3-0 and 1. FC Schweinfurt 4-0. They suffered only one DFB-Pokal defeat under the reign of Niko Kovac so far which was in the cup final last year against Borussia Dortmund (2-1).
Eintracht striker Sebastien Haller was involved in five of SGE's seven goals in the cup (3 goals, 2 assists). Heidenheim's Marcel Titsch-Rivero left the Eagles in 2012 for FCH, Frankfurt born Rivero has two Bundesliga appearances for SGE. In his final match he was red-carded only 43 seconds after coming on as a substitute which remains the fastest dismissal in Bundesliga history.
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MIJAT#Eintracht regular Mijat Gacinovic had his 50th #Bundesliga appearance against @s04_en (all 50 for #SGE). He was involved in 3 of the Eagles' last 4 goals (scored 1, assisted 2)! pic.twitter.com/w7ud9EvPiJ— Eintracht Frankfurt (@eintracht_eng) December 17, 2017