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Bayern Munich have been drawn to face Heidenheim in the DFB Pokal quarterfinals

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A non-Bundesliga side awaits in the next round. Our odds look good on this one.

Bayern Munich vs FC Augsburg
The DFB-Pokal, the trophy awarded to the winner of the German Football Association (DFB) cup, before the match between Bayern Munich and FC Augsburg in the Allianz Arena in Munich, Germany, 26 October 2016. Photo: Matthias Balk/dpa | usage worldwide
Bayern Munich vs FC Augsburg The DFB-Pokal, the trophy awarded to the winner of the German Football Association (DFB) cup, before the match between Bayern Munich and FC Augsburg in the Allianz Arena in Munich, Germany, 26 October 2016. Photo: Matthias Balk/dpa | usage worldwide
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Bayern Munich have been drawn to face 2.Bundesliga side FC Heidenheim in the quarter-finals of the DFB-Pokal. This will be the third non-Bundesliga side that Bayern will face in this season’s Pokal run as they’ve already defeated both SV Drochtersen/Assel and SV Rodinghausen in previous rounds before defeating Hertha Berlin in extra time. The match between Bayern and Heidenheim will take place the first week of April on either the 2nd or 3rd at the Allianz Arena, the first time Bayern will be the home team in this competition this season.

Of all of the possible opponents Bayern could’ve drawn, Heidenheim certainly would’ve been one of their preferred adversaries. It was either Heidenheim or Paderborn as possible opponents to avoid facing a Bundesliga side, so the route to the final in Berlin just got a little bit easier given that two more Bundesliga sides will be eliminated in the quarter-finals.

The other match-ups for the quarterfinals:

How Bayern and Heidenheim got to the quarter-finals

Bayern:

After narrow wins over non-league sides SV Drochtersen/Assel and SV Rodinghausen, Bayern required extra time to secure a 3-2 win over Hertha Berlin in what was, by far, their most convincing performance in the competition thus far. Both Drochtersen/Assel and SV Rodinghausen bunkered down defensively against Bayern and proved difficult to breakdown, and Heidenheim will likely take the same approach at the Allianz Arena, so Niko Kovac will have to work on his tactics to try and combat that.

Hertha BSC - FC Bayern Munich
06 February 2019, Berlin: Soccer: DFB Cup, Round of 16, Hertha BSC - FC Bayern Munich in the Olympic Stadium. Bavaria's players cheer after the victory. (Important note: The DFB prohibits the use of sequence images on the Internet and in online media during the game (including half time). Blocking period! The DFB permits the publication and further use of images on mobile devices (especially MMS) and via DVB-H and DMB only after the end of the game.) Photo: Kay Nietfeld/dpa
It was a BIG statement win for Bayern in Berlin.
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Heidenheim:

Heidenheim have had quite an impressive DFB-Pokal campaign thus far, having accumulated a goal difference of +7 (10 goals for, 3 against). They disposed of Regionalliga side Jeddeloh 5-2 and then 2. Liga rivals SV Sandhausen 3-0 before shocking Bayer Leverkusen 2-1 at the Voith Arena. If their win over Leverkusen is any precursor to the defensive tactics and shape they’ll deploy against Bayern, Kovac’s side could be in for a long night when they square off in Munich.

1. FC Heidenheim v Bayer Leverkusen - DFB Cup
HEIDENHEIM, GERMANY - FEBRUARY 05: The players of Heidenheim celebrate after the DFB Cup match between 1. FC Heidenheim and Bayer Leverkusen at Voith-Arena on February 05, 2019 in Heidenheim, Germany.
It was a night to remember for Heidenheim when they shocked Leverkusen in the DFB-Pokal round of 16.
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