RB Leipzig has a golden chance to lay their hands on silverware this week in the DFB-Pokal final against Borussia Dortmund. The match schedules for Thursday at the Olympiastadion, with kickoff at 9:45 pm.
Dortmund can lay their hands on the fifth DFB-Pokal trophy in the club’s history, with six finals in the last ten years. On the other hand, RB Leipzig will be looking for redemption after missing out on 2019’s final with Bayern Munich.
Julian Nagelsmann’s future remains at Bayern Munich at the end of the season. However, the 33-year-old will be looking to leave with the club’s first-ever trophy. Additionally, it would mark his first silverware under his managerial career.
What makes the match quite exciting is the dress rehearsal during the weekend, with Jodan Sancho’s last-minute strike ending a thrilling 3-2 win over Nagelsmann. However, what comes as a concern for the manager is the unavailability of Erling Haaland and still failing to get a positive result.
In contrast, Edin Terzic remains with high hopes of following Jurgen Klopp and Thomas Tuchel in lifting the DB-Pokal cup. This is because both sides are yet to concede a goal in this season’s DFB-Pokal’s final.
Moreover, all eyes remain on the recovery of Erling Haaland to settle off the attacking options available. However, the main cause of concern for Terzic remains defence.
RB Leipzig vs Dortmund Head to Head
Both sides have ten games against each other, with RB Leipzig taking two wins while Dortmund with six wins. Here is a look at their previous encounters:
- Dortmund 3-2 Leipzig
- Werder Bremen 1-2 RB Leipzig
- RB Leipzig 2-0 Stuttgart
- Koln 2-1 RB Leipzig
- RB Leipzig 0-0 Hoffenheim
- Dortmund 3-2 RB Leipzig
- Dortmund 5-0 Holstein Kiel
- Wolfsburg 0-2 Dortmund
- Dortmund 2-0 Union Berlin
- Dortmund 4-1 Werder Bremen
RB Leipzig Team News
Injury absentees for the final include Christopher Nkunku and Tyler Adams due to back problems. Additionally, Lazar Samarzdic is out for the rest of the season with a meniscus injury. Forsberg is available for selection after signing a contract extension till 2025.
Dortmund Team News
Haaland will have to pass a late fitness test before featuring, with his presence bring a lot of balance. His presence will force Giovanni Reyna and Thorgan Hazard to start on the bench. Mahmoud Dahoud came off with a muscular injury as a precaution in their last outing.
Prediction and Odds
We envisage a tight battle to test each other’s defensive set up to come up with the winner.
- Dortmund Win
- Both Teams to Score
- Goals Over 2.5