Created on 2014-10-31 at 10:00 AM
FC Bayern will take on FF USV Jena in the Round of 16 of the DFB Cup this Sunday, November 2 at 13:30 local time for a spot in the quarterfinals of the competition.
"We are more than prepared and know the special atmosphere of a knockout match in the Cup. I'm expecting an intense game," warned FCB coach Thomas Wörle before the match against a team that is currently sitting eighth in the league. Jena will present a difficult challenge for the team, last having drawn against defending league and European champions Wolfsburg. The draw fell kindly for Bayern as it meant they jumped into first place in the standings for the first time in six years.
Bayern want to put last season's elimination to second-division side Köln behind them and repeat 2012's memorable Cup win. There's still some ways to go until the final, though, and Jena will make it very difficult for Bayern to get there. "Their squad remained largely in tact from last season, and they've also strengthened themselves with Ivonne Hartmann (former Wolfsburg player) and Ivana Rudelic (former FC Bayern player)," said Wörle.
Statistically, Bayern's form suggests they're in a good position to get a result. They are still unbeaten this season. They've won five of their six away matches, and Jena have yet to beat Bayern in their 13 matches against them. But stats only go so far at times and the Cup is notorious for conveniently throwing history out the window.
Bayern will play face Jena again a week later on matchday 9 of the Allianz Women's Bundesliga.