Tipbet’s partner club Fortuna Dusseldorf can continue their impressive start to their campaign when they visit Arminia Bielefeld on Saturday evening. Their 2-2 draw with Eintracht Braunschweug and 2-0 win over Erzgebirge Aue has left them in fourth place and has shown them to be genuine contenders for the promotion places. This fixture, in the DFB-Pokal gives them the opportunity to make progress on both domestic fronts in the first round.
F95 were last in the Bundesliga in 2012/13m and have not finished higher than sixth in the second league since then. However, their draw with BTSV – who finished third and only missed out on promotion thanks to a play-off defeat to Wolfsburg – shows that they can compete with any team in the division and, without Stuttgart and Hannover 96 in the league, the only question mark is their consistency over the course of 34 matches.
In Arminia, they have very erratic opponents who were narrowly relegated in 16/17. They finished 15th and were just one point ahead of the relegation places. They have a 100% record this term, however, beating newly-promoted Jahn Regensburg, and Greuther Furth, both by a 2-1 scoreline. A win for either side at the SchücoArena would give them confidence ahead of their third league matches, which are taking place between 19th – 21st August.
As well as odds for this match in the Cup – Arminia are 1.65 to advance, compared to Dusseldorf’s 2.05, with extra-time and penalties a possibility - Tipbet provide season bets for the 2. Bundesliga. FC Union Berlin are favourites to get promotion by finishing top – they finished fourth last season and can be backed at 4.80. That is just ahead of Braunschweig (5.75) and FC Ingolstadt (6.75). Fortuna Dusseldorf are at 19.5 and it seems unlikely that they will be challenging for first, though a top three place would represent a phenomenal season. A €5 Free Bet is available for new Tipbet customers, with the code UEFA.