We won’t be seeing the usual names in the DFB Pokal Final this year as Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund were knocked out early in the competition. The last time this happened was the 2010/2011 season when Schalke 04 went on to win the tournament by battering MSV Duisburg in the final.
This year, Bayern suffered a 5-0 loss to Monchengladbach in the second round, and Dortmund lost to St. Pauli in the Round of 16. As a result, we would undoubtedly have another winner that isn’t Dortmund or Bayern. And this year’s battle is between FC Freiburg and RB Leipzig. So, keep reading to find out what we think about the final between Freiburg vs Leipzig so you can bet against their German Cup odds.
DFB Pokal Final: SC Freiburg vs RB Leipzig Betting Preview
The Road to the Final
This season hasn’t been straightforward, and Bayern’s 5-0 loss was one of the most shocking results of the year. Even fans that didn’t bother about the tournament were shocked, seeing that we all thought they would bounce back from the Round two loss to Holstein Kiel in 2021. However, that wasn’t meant to be, and we saw another disgraceful outing of the best team in Germany.
With Bayern out and Dortmund following suit, the competition became open for the other teams, and they had the chance to take time off. Therefore, we began to see teams like Leipzig, Frankfurt, Freiburg, and co take charge towards the final, and after various knockout rounds, we ended up with Freiburg and Leipzig.
SC Freiburg Overview
The season wasn’t very kind to Freiburg as they barely missed out on Champions League qualification. Therefore, it will be Europa League for the team next season. However, they can put the disappointing season behind their back by winning their first trophy after many years, giving them a chance next season.
The team’s road to the DFB Pokal Final wasn’t easy because they were underdogs against Hoffenheim in the round of 16. However, they comfortably won that game 4-1. But the quarterfinal was where they faced their toughest challenge of the competition, and they needed a goal in the 120th minute to secure a spot in the semis.
Playing against Hamburg in the Semifinal was easier as they got three goals in the first half, and those were enough to take them to the final.
RB Leipzig Overview
This season, RB Leipzig made it to the UCL again, but it wasn’t without hitches. They had to wait until the last day to seal their spot, and they only qualified with one point above 5th-placed Union Berlin. With Champions League football settled for next season, Leipzig can crown their season by winning the DFB Pokal.
Since they got to the Bundesliga, they are yet to win any trophies, and this season is their chance to break that curse. They’ve been to the final twice, and Bayern and Dortmund battered them on both occasions. A 92nd-minute goal took them to the final after they had to come back from the jaws of defeat against Union Berlin in the semifinals.
The final will be an epic one because both teams are looking to crown their season with silverware, and with Bayern dominating the league every year, their chance at winning a title is the DFB Pokal. Therefore, we expect them to go all out for this one. In that case, we believe it will be a tight match, but RB Leipzig would win the trophy in the end.