Borussia Dortmund v Wolfsburg – Olympiastadion, Berlin at 19:00 live on BT Sport 2
Jurgen Klopp will be aiming for a happy farewell this Saturday as his Dortmund side face Wolfsburg in the DFB Pokal final. The BVB boss will be hoping his last game in charge will be a winning one and pick up his 4th trophy in his successful 7 years in charge.
Wolfsburg will be looking to spoil Klopp’s party but go into the match as underdogs despite beating Dortmund twice in the league this season, the second time coming just 2 weeks ago, winning 2-1 at the Volkswagen Arena.
A competitive match is expected, despite the 23 point difference between the two sides in the Bundesliga and one Asian Handicap betting punters will be looking forward to getting stuck in to.
The gap between the two sides was down to BVB’s dreadful first half of the season, sitting second from bottom at Christmas having picked up just 15 points from their 17 games. Over the same period Wolfsburg were 2nd in the league on 34 points. Since the turn of the year however, Klopp orchestrated an astonishing turn-around which saw them pick up 31 points from their next 17 matches, which was finished off with a 3-2 win over Bremen in his last match at Signal Iduna Park last weekend to finish in 7th place.
The win over Bremen secured Europa League qualification for next season which looked impossible after their winter break. A win on Saturday will finish off a turbulent season for the departing manager on a high. Regardless of the result, Klopp will go down as a Dortmund legend after winning 2 league titles and a DFB Pokal trophy, including the first double in the clubs history in 2012 when the defeated Bayern Munich 5-2 in the final.
Although many neutrals will be supporting BVB, there is no denying Wolfsburg have been a great source of entertainment this season with their attacking football. They have scored an impressive 72 goals in the Bundesliga this term and secured Champions League football for next year some weeks ago.
They also impressed in the Europa League before losing as tournament favourites to Napoli in the quarter finals. The loss to the Italians would have hurt but can themselves cap a remarkable season with a trophy.
The atmosphere at the Olympiastadion promises to be something special and the match entertaining. With the likes of Bas Dost and Kevin de Bruyne on form, Wolfsburg are a huge threat going forward. They do concede too many so it’s no surprise goals are expected. You can back Over 2.5 at a best price of 1.75 and Over 2.75 on the Asian line at 1.9, not enough value for me to get involved with.
Dortmund have the better pedigree in the competition and will want a triumphant farewell for their manager, but I think Wolfsburg have the edge. There is the possibility of a draw but I think Die Wolfe will ruin the fairy tale and win this in the 90 minutes.
Asian Handicap Betting Recommendation: Wolfsburg +0.25 @ 1.97
Prices correct at time of writing.
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