The German Bundesliga season will come to a close when rivals Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund square off in the Olympic Stadium in Berlin on Saturday, and it’s Bayern who start the game as favorites to lift the trophy.
The draw is available to bet on as a price of 29/10 with Bwin, but you should note that only two of the last 16 meetings between the sides have ended in a draw.
The sides have met twice so far this season and it’s been the away side that’s triumphed on both occasions. Dortmund recently left the Allianz with a 3-0 victory, whilst Munich won by the same score line in November’s reverse.
Jurgen Klopp has a huge selection headache ahead of the meeting with Bayern. Dortmund’s top scorer Robert Lewandowski, who has already agreed his contract to join Bayern next season, may or may not be used.
Lewandowski spent Dortmund’s trip to Bayern last month on the bench, and he wasn’t at all missed as Marco Reus took control of the game.
Bayern did field a full strength side in the game but Bayern had already wrapped up that league at this point. The game also came just three days after Bayern’s UCL tie with United, and several days before their big DFB-Pokal semi-final.
With the impending arrival of Lewandowski, it seems Mario Mandzukic has played his final game in a Bayern shirt. His future was already in doubt, but Pep Guardiola has decided not to pick Mandzukic in his match day squad.
Despite a recent injury Guardiola made it clear that the Croatian striker was available for selection.
Bastian Schweinsteiger will also miss the cup final, however that is due to injury. It’s unclear whether or not he’ll be fit to play for Germany this summer, but he certainly won’t feature tomorrow.
The head to head record has been a fairly even affair over the past few seasons, but Bayern will have the opportunity to lift both the UCL trophy and the DPB-Pokal for the second time in two seasons, recently completing a 2013 quadruple when lifting the club world cup.
Borussia are more than capable of matching Bayern on the day, and I don’t think we’ll see as many goals as the bookmakers are predicting. Last seasons finale finished 1-0 to Bayern, and the same score-line has a reasonable chance of coming through again here.