Sure Prediction For Today, Monday 12th August 2019

Bayern was able to record another league and cup double last term in a campaign which many were disappointed with. It’s become the norm for the German giants to sweep all before them domestically.

However, the concern isn’t for their strength at the top of the Bundesliga, it’s that the shadow of Dortmund could be about to make things very difficult for the Bavarians. They’ll want to lay down a marker, so it’s the perfect time for them to play a side from the fourth tier of German football.

Energie Cottbus was last a Bundesliga team 10 years ago when they conceded seven times across two meetings with Bayern that term. They never had a strong record against Bayern even when they shared the same division.

Bayern was able to score 17 times across their last six meetings with Energie, which bodes well for their forwards going into this clash. Another concern for the visitors is last season’s defensive record, which saw them ship 58 goals and concede in 76% of their matches as they dropped out of the third tier. That defence isn’t likely to stand a chance against the German champions.

Energie has been poor in this competition in recent years, failing at the first hurdle in six of the last seven seasons. They haven’t had too many big ties in that time, but their slide down the German pyramid has seen them struggle in the Pokal.