In a highly anticipated draw for the DFB-Pokal (German Cup) Round of 16, Leon Balogun’s Mainz finds themselves set for a riveting home encounter against Stuttgart, as reported by Completesportsnigeria.com. The fixture, scheduled for December 19-20, promises to be a spectacle, with Balogun potentially making his first appearance after recovering from a suspected cheekbone fracture suffered during Mainz’s previous Bundesliga clash against Schalke 04.
Victor Osimhen, the rising star for Wolfsburg, will be eyeing a significant role in the DFB-Pokal as his team faces a challenging away match against Nurnberg in the quest for a coveted spot in the quarter-finals.
The draw also presents a tantalizing rematch between perennial rivals Bayern Munich and champions Borussia Dortmund. This clash, reminiscent of last season’s semi-final at Signal Iduna Park, is set to unfold in December, adding an extra layer of excitement as both teams vie for supremacy. Bayern’s upcoming double visit to Dortmund within six weeks, including a Bundesliga fixture in November, underscores the fierce competition at the top of the table, with only three points currently separating the two giants.
Other noteworthy fixtures in the Round of 16 include Bayer Leverkusen’s journey to Borussia Monchengladbach and Schalke hosting Cologne. Werder Bremen is set to clash with Freiburg, while Paderborn will welcome Ingolstadt, and Heidenheim prepares to face Eintracht Frankfurt.