Bayern Munich v Eintracht Frankfurt – Olympiastadion Berlin at 19:00 Live at BT Sport
Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich are looking to secure the double in Jupp Heynckes’ final game when they meet Eintracht Frankfurt in the DFB Pokal final in Berlin on Saturday evening.
The Bavarians bagged a 27th Bundesliga title with consummate ease, confirming their status as Germany’s giant as early as the 7th April. And now FC Hollywood has the opportunity to add to their silverware as they get set for a fifth cup final in seven years.
Heynckes’ troops dismantled a strong Leverkusen outfit 6-2 in the final-four, as well as overcoming RB Leipzig and Dortmund in a tricky path to the final. And Bayern will be pleased that centre-half Mats Hummels has declared himself fit for the contest after taking a blow to his left foot in the final day loss to Stuttgart.
Hummels is set to partner Niklas Sule in the heart of defense with Jerome Boateng still out with an adductor problem. Elsewhere, Manuel Neuer is expected to make the bench with David Alaba and Arjen Robben both returning to the fold having been left out of the final round of league action.
Bayern to make a fast start
The Bavarians finished 19 points clear of the chasing pack and 35 points clear of opponents Eintracht Frankfurt. The pre-match favorites have beaten the underdogs in 10 of their past 12 meetings since 2012/13, including a 4-1 thrashing as recently as three weeks ago.
Eintracht’s campaign petered out towards the end; The Eagles were beaten in seven of their last 11 Bundesliga battles with the club focussing their attention on their cup run. However, the announcement that head coach Niko Kovac would be leaving for Bayern in the summer may also have had an adverse effect.
Frankfurt struggled when taking on the league’s elite, especially on their travels, and that has to be a concern for Berlin on Saturday night. Eintracht W0-D1-L6 at teams that finished above them in the standings, trailing at the break in six of those seven matches.
With that in mind, the 1.87 on Bayern Munich -0.75 on the first-half Asian Handicap line has to be appealing. We’ll make money should the Bavarians lead at the interval with a full-stakes pay-out available should the pre-match favorites by at least two goals are ahead after 45 minutes.
Frankfurt bid farewell to Kovac
There’s no doubt outgoing boss Niko Kovac has been a success with Eintracht. The Eagles are appearing in their second consecutive final – last season Frankfurt suffered an agonizing 2-1 reverse to Dortmund here – and the way in which they overcame Schalke in the semi-finals deserves plenty of plaudits.
Nevertheless, Eintracht was turned over by Schalke on the final day – just one of their wretched end of season results – and although The Eagles have a fully fit squad to select from, they’ll be without the suspended Gelson Fernandes.
Picking up an overdue piece of silverware could prove a wonderful parting gift for Kovac before he takes up the reigns at Bayern but his Frankfurt side is likely to be out-gunned here. Either way, it should be an enjoyable contest with 12 of the past 18 DFB Pokal finals featuring at least three goals.
Asian Handicap Betting Recommendation: Bayern Munich -0.75 First-Half at 1.880
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