DFB-Pokal Final Odds & Betting Preview: Bayer Leverkusen vs Bayern Munich
- With Bundesliga play wrapped up, the German Cup will be the last piece of hardware left to capture
- Bayern will be looking for the double after winning yet another league title, but Leverkusen will pose a very real threat to the Bavarian giantsl
- Get the full odds, preview, and best bet for the DFB-Pokal Final below
Olympiastadion in Berlin will be the scene on Saturday, July 4th with kickoff at 2 PM EST when Bayer Leverkusen and Bayern Munich face off in the DFB-Pokal Final.
Bayern comfortably won the league by 13 points, meanwhile, Leverkusen just missed out on Champions League football, finishing two points behind Borussia Monchengladbach in fifth place.
Munich reached the finals of the German Cup after beating Frankfurt 2-1 a month ago in the semi-finals, while Leverkusen was handed a relatively easy clash, defeating fourth-tier Saarbrucken 3-0 in early June.
These two sides both won a match each in their two meetings this season, with the most recent fixture between them ending in a 4-2 comeback win for Bayern last month.
DFB-Pokal Final Bayer Leverkusen vs Bayern Munich Odds
|Bayer Leverkusen||+1.5 (-104)||+660||Ov 3.5 (-111)|
|Bayern Munich||-1.5 (-116)||-312||Un 3.5 (-109)|
Odds taken July 1st
Leverkusen Looking to Finish on High Note
After a very impressive campaign in league play, Peter Bosz’s side struggled at the tail end, which ultimately resulted in Monchengladbach beating them out for the last UCL spot. Leverkusen went 5-1-3 in their nine matches after the hiatus which doesn’t seem awful, but defeats against Hertha Berlin and Wolfsburg proved to be costly.
During that span of matches, they even beat Gladbach 3-1 behind Kai Havertz’s two goals, but the lack of consistency across the board left them on the outside looking in as they will compete in Europa again next season.
We'll play in our 04th DFB Pokal final on the 04th of July!
Let's bring the 🏆 back to Leverkusen! 💪 pic.twitter.com/XtUC7eL8Dr
— Bayer 04 Leverkusen (@bayer04_en) July 1, 2020
However, Bayer has a legitimate opportunity to win a trophy this year in this DFB-Pokal Final against Bayern. This will be their first time in the final since 2009 when Werder Bremen beat them. Leverkusen boasts a healthy squad ahead of Saturday’s clash, with striker Kevin Volland back to full health and ready to feature up top. With that being said, Havertz should fit nicely in his natural position as a number ten after playing numerous matches over the past weeks as the lone forward.
It could also be his last appearance in a Leverkusen uniform if the likes of Bayern or Chelsea decide to fork out the necessary funds for the young German starlet this summer. Havertz has been constantly linked with a number of clubs, but with Coronavirus affecting the transfer market, it’s also possible that we see the 21-year old stay one more season with Leverkusen and develop even more.
Bayern Have Their Eyes Set on Another Trophy
After failing to win the DFB-Pokal in 2017 and 18′, Hans Flick’s men returned last year by capturing their 19th German Cup, a competition record. Bayern has sheerly dominated the DFB-Pokal, with the next closest side in terms of trophies being Werder Bremen, who have won it just six times.
Die Roten have been absolutely electric this season in every aspect, bagging a ridiculous 100 goals in 34 league matches, while conceding just 32. Robert Lewandowski surpassed the 30-goal mark for the third time in his Bayern Munich career, while scoring another 17 goals between European play and the German Cup, taking his total to 49 on the year.
In the DFB-Pokal, their victories haven’t been as convincing, winning by just one goal in most of their fixtures leading up to the final. But, they also weren’t always playing their main starters before this as league competition was still very crucial. Considering this is their last match of the campaign, expect Flick to be rolling out his finest starting XI on Saturday in their quest for a 20th German Cup trophy.
Bayer Leverkusen vs Bayern Munich Stats
|19-6-9(Finished 5th in Bundesliga)||Standing in League Play||26-4-4(Finished 1st in Bundesliga)|
|61||Goals Scored in League Play||100|
|44||Goals Conceded in League Play||32|
|729.4(2nd in Competition)||Passes Per Match in DFB-Pokal||713.4(3rd in Competition)|
The odds are heavily favoring Bayern in this fixture, however, I do think it will be a goal-filled final that will come down to the wire. But, the Bavarians will come out on top, winning by one goal and grabbing yet another trophy. Kai Havertz and Robert Lewandowski will both play a crucial part in their respective sides, but Munich’s utter dominance this season will prove to be too much for Leverkusen in the end.
Pick: Bayern Munich -312