Leipzig and Bayern Munich bring the curtain down on the German domestic season when they do battle for the German Cup Final at the Olympic Stadium in Berlin on Saturday. Form Labs bring you their betting preview and tips for the game while we bring you the value with our selection of enhanced odds for the game which can be found in our FanBoosts section.
Robben And Ribery Looking For Perfect Send-Off
Having emphatically secured their seventh consecutive title with four goals in the second half against Frankfurt last weekend, Bayern will be looking to give departing duo Arjen Robben and Frank Ribery a perfect send off.
Both players netted in that final Bundesliga match off the bench, though they’ll know getting the job done first in this final is still the priority over any personal accolades.
Meanwhile, Leipzig have had a fairly poor finish to their season with two draws from their final three winless outings, though one of those stalemates was against Bayern themselves, while they’d already secured third spot anyway, so it isn’t surprising that their results tailed off.
Bayern Recent Form
The Bavarians have reached six of the last nine DFB-Pokal finals, winning four of them, while the only three times during this period where they didn’t reach the final saw them knocked out in the semis.
Having made a woeful start to the league campaign by their own very high standards, going W6-D3-L3 from their opening 12 matches, Niko Kovac recovered his charges’ poor form to win 18 of their final 22 outings, losing only once.
Added to that, Kovac also finds himself in with a chance of back-to-back DFB-Pokal titles, having won it with Eintracht Frankfurt last term.
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Leipzig Recent Form
Leipzig’s history in this competition is nowhere near as rich. Due to their meteoric rise from the fifth tier in 2009/10 to the Bundesliga for the 2016/17 season, the Bulls had never previously made it past the third round.
However, their coach Ralf Rangnick is hardly a stranger to this tournament having won it back in 2010/11 with Schalke.
The only slightly worry will be their mediocre form against the breakaway top-half of the table this term in all competitions, going W9-D4-L5, though the last of those defeats came on the last day of the season in their recent neglectable run.
In fact, even that defeat was by just a single strike, as were four of those five losses, with only Dortmund on the opening day of the season able to beat them by a greater margin.
By contrast, Kovac’s men have been impressive in winning 13 of their 17 such outings, though they did lose on three occasions. In addition, they were only able to beat Wolfsburg (3-1), Frankfurt (3-0), Hoffenheim (3-1) and Gladbach (5-1) on the road by significant margins from their nine trips, all of which are considered much weaker than their opponents here.
Leipzig v Bayern Munich Betting Tips
Seven of the last nine finals have seen more than two strikes, but we’re slightly hesitant to look into that too much with the all-out attacking Dortmund being involved in over half of those.
Not to mention, although Bayern have the slight edge in the head-to-heads since the start of last season (W2-D2-L1), all but one of those saw fewer than three goals, with the anomaly finishing 2-1 to Leipzig, while the two encounters this year have featured just one-goal in total.
Indeed, only two of the last six finals have seen more than one goal separate the sides over 90 minutes and so we fancy Rangnick’s men on the +1.25 Asian Handicap.
Leipzig +1.25 Asian Handicap At 1.70
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