Preview: Dynamo Dresden vs. Stuttgart

Preview: Dynamo Dresden vs. Stuttgart

Dynamo Dresden host Stuttgart in the first round of the DFB-Pokal on Friday.

Dynamo Dresden will be competing in the third tier of German football after suffering relegation last season, while Stuttgart narrowly preserved their Bundesliga status.

Since being relegated from the Bundesliga in 1995, Dynamo Dresden have regularly drifted between the second and fourth tiers of German football, having won the third division as recently as 2021.

That will once again be their primary aim this season, although a cup run can never be viewed as a bad thing for any club in any division.

Since reaching the semi-final of the 1994 DFB Pokal, when they were defeated 2-0 by eventual champions Werder Bremen, Dynamo Dresden have only twice made it beyond the second round.

Being drawn against Bundesliga opposition, albeit at home, does not improve their chances of ending that run this campaign.

However, with their season already beginning after a pulsating 4-3 defeat to 1860 Munich at the weekend, Markus Anfang will be hoping that his side can catch Stuttgart cold in their opponents’ first competitive match of the campaign.

Since being relegated from the Bundesliga in 1995, Dynamo Dresden have regularly drifted between the second and fourth tiers of German football, having won the third division as recently as 2021.

That will once again be their primary aim this season, although a cup run can never be viewed as a bad thing for any club in any division.

Since reaching the semi-final of the 1994 DFB Pokal, when they were defeated 2-0 by eventual champions Werder Bremen, Dynamo Dresden have only twice made it beyond the second round.

Being drawn against Bundesliga opposition, albeit at home, does not improve their chances of ending that run this campaign.

However, with their season already beginning after a pulsating 4-3 defeat to 1860 Munich at the weekend, Markus Anfang will be hoping that his side can catch Stuttgart cold in their opponents’ first competitive match of the campaign.

However, Stuttgart have looked much improved in pre-season, winning all four of their matches against Boblingen, FC Zurich, Brentford and Valencia, scoring 17 goals overall.

The 5-2 win against Valencia last weekend did not resemble a friendly, either, with plenty of heavy tackles going in from both teams. Silas was in inspired form, scoring and assisting either side of half time, with Darko Churlinov and Tiago Tomas both getting themselves on the scoresheet too.

While Pellegrino Matarazzo’s side may have overachieved upon their return to the Bundesliga when finishing in the top half two seasons ago, the opposite was probably true when only avoiding the dreaded relegation playoff by virtue of goal difference last campaign.

The 44-year-old will be hoping for a steadier season this time around, with an assured win away to Dynamo Dresden on Friday the perfect beginning towards achieving that aim.

Dynamo Dresden form (all competitions):
L

We say: Dynamo Dresden 1-3 Stuttgart
Stuttgart have looked scintillating offensively in pre-season, and we expect to see goals in Dresden on Friday.

The hosts have enough about them to grab a goal but we cannot see beyond the Bundesliga side making their superior quality pay on the day.

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