The Bundesliga season has come to an end with Bayern Munich being crowned champions. Eintracht Frankfurt and Borussia Dortmund face each other in the final of the German Cup on Saturday, May 27th in Berlin. Despite finishing 3rd in the German Bundesliga and qualifying for the Champions League group stages, Dortmund’s season was really poor judging by their skills and class winning just 18 matches in 34 rounds this term. Eintracht Frankfurt have lost three from their last four Bundesliga fixtures finishing the season 11th place in the standings. They haven’t won a match since the DFB Pokal semi-final against Monchengladbach. They will try to put their best effort and pull off the upset but their lack of confidence will affect their performance.
Despite finishing in mid-table, Eintracht Frankfurt had one of the worst attacks in the league with just 36 goals scored in 34 rounds. The lack of scoring goals was obvious also in the Cup - Frankfurt scored just five goals in their five matches, and needed three penalty shootouts to arrive in the finals. Unlike their opponents, Dortmund have a great attacking firepower scoring 72 goals this season of which 31 were scored by their star striker Pierre Aubameyang (Bundesliga’s top-scorer). They can still save the season by winning the DFB-Pokal for the first time since 2012.
This will be Dortmund’s fourth consecutive DFB Pokal final appearance. They’ve lost in each of the past three seasons finals, two of them against league champions Bayern Munich. However, they’ve knocked out Bayern in this season’s semis after a 3-2 victory. Dortmund enters this game after a convincing 4-3 victory against Werder Bremen and they will be determined to show what they are capable of and lift the trophy. Aubameyang will surely play an important role in this game being the bookie’s favourite for the “1st goal-scorer” and “anytime goal-scorer” markets. Securing Champions League football for next season was a high priority target but the season is not over yet and they can become winners of the German Cup this weekend. Eintracht’s last victory in the final came in 1988, which was their fourth DFB Pokal won in their history. It will be really tough for them to lift the trophy but they will play their chance and put their best effort for the last match of the season.
Dortmund almost have a full squad at their disposal, with three exceptions Mario Götze, Julian Weigl and Andre Schurrle. Eintracht’s Omar Mascarell, Slobodan Medojevic, Marc Stendera, and Makoto Hasebe are still injured and will not be fit to play in the final on Saturday but Jesus Vallejo returned from injury and played an important role when drawing 2-2 against Leipzig scoring a goal.
Dortmund are huge favorites for winning the match being priced at 1.45 with the green listed bookmaker Bet365. We expect an open match dominated by Dortmund but with Eintracht Frankfurt contributing on the scoreboard. Dortmund should have enough to cover the AH (Asian handicap) line.
Best picks for the match:
Dortmund to win with -1 AH (Asian Handicap) at 1.7 with Betfair
Dortmund to win and over 2.5 goals in the match at 2.0 with Bet Victor