In every country in the world where soccer is played, it is winning the domestic league that is considered to be the crowning achievement of the season. After all, it takes a high level of consistency to land on top over a season that usually runs around 36-42 games. That said, there is also something special about the domestic cup competitions, as that is when we very often see some major surprises along the way. Let’s get right into action and see how this teams got here along with their German Cup odds.
Leverkusen Vs FC Saarbrucken Game Info
This is where the smaller teams have a shot at playing the role of the giant killer, while also pulling in some much-needed revenue along the way. For the most part, though, the teams in the lower divisions usually end up falling in the early rounds, but every now and again, one of the, will tap into a vein of magic that takes them on an improbable run. That is what we are seeing in the DFB Pokal, as FC Saarbrucken, who play in the 4th tier in German football, will square of against Bayer Leverkusen for a shot at going to the final in Berlin. They are up against it in a big way here and are in as 2 ½ goal underdogs, with the goal total set at 3 ¾.
Why bet on FC Saarbrucken
FC Saarbrucken play in the Regionalliga Sudwest, which serves as the 4th tier in German football. When the season was cancelled, they were well clear at the top of the table, racking up 55 points from 23 games. While it has been a fantastic season for them in league play, it will be their run in the DFB Pokal that will be remembered. They have had a little bit of fortune in that all 4 of their games in the German Cup have been at home. Saarbrucken started with a 3-2 win over Jahn Regensburg in the first round, after which they were drawn against Koln. Another 3-2 win moved them on to face Karlsruhrer. That one ended 0-0, with Saarbrucken winning 5-3 on penalties. It looked like their run would be over in the quarterfinals, but they edged Fortuna Dusseldorf in a thriller, winning 8-7 on penalties.
- Saarbrücken: Batz – Barylla, Schorch, Uaferro, Müller – Jänicke, Perdedaj, Zeitz (c), Mendler – Jurcher, Zellner
- Out: –
- Doubtful: –
- Coach: Lukas Kwasniok
Why bet on Bayer Leverkusen
Bayer Leverkusen have been back in business in the Bundesliga for a few weeks now and are challenging for one of the four available Champions League spots. They are all but guaranteed a Europa League place, but it is the CL where the money and glamor is. A DFB Pokal win would be the icing on a very good season. They began their trip to the semi-final with a 4-1 win over Alemannia Aachen on the road, before beating Paderborn 1-0 at home in the second round. They won 2-1 against Stuttgart in the Round of 16, and then 3-1 over Union Berlin in the quarterfinal, with both of those games played on home field.
- Leverkusen: Hradecky – Tah, S. Bender, Tapsoba – Weiser, Aranguiz, Demirbay, Wendell – Bellarabi, Volland (c), Wirtz
- Out: L. Bender (foot), Havertz (muscular)
- Doubtful: –
- Coach: Peter Bosz
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
Besides the obvious gap in leagues, Bayer Leverkusen have another advantage in that they have been playing competitive football for close to a month after the lockdown. That plays on their favor in what should be a comfortable win.
Pick: FC Saarbrucken 1 Bayer Leverkusen 4