The DFB Pokal final is set to witness an exciting clash as Eintracht Frankfurt face the formidable RB Leipzig at the Olympiastadion Berlin on Saturday. Eintracht Frankfurt, currently positioned in seventh place in the Bundesliga, have had an inconsistent season. However, they recently secured a crucial 2-1 victory against SC Freiburg and will be aiming for a similar result in the final.
On the other hand, RB Leipzig are currently third in the league standings and have consistently displayed strong performances throughout the season. They defeated FC Schalke 4-2 in their last match. This result has boosted their confidence ahead of their crucial upcoming encounter.
RB Leipzig vs Eintracht Frankfurt match preview
RB Leipzig will look to defend their DFB-Pokal title when they face Eintracht Frankfurt in the final at Berlin’s Olympiastadion on Saturday.
Eintracht Frankfur have the opportunity to equal Werder Bremen’s record of six German domestic cup victories, placing them as the competition’s joint-second most successful team in history, behind only Bayern Munich.
Under Marco Rose’s guidance, Frankfurt enter the final having won seven of their last eight Bundesliga matches. With this, they secured their fifth consecutive qualification for the Champions League. Christopher Nkunku, who scored two goals against relegated Schalke in the previous game, may play his final match for the club.
After a challenging start to the season under Domenico Tedesco, Leipzig has made significant improvements under Rose’s leadership, boasting a 67.5% win rate from his 40 games in charge across all competitions since September.
As a manager in Germany, Rose is eager to win his first-ever trophy, and the fact that he is leading his hometown club adds to the potential narrative of the story that could unfold this weekend.
Nevertheless, Oliver Glasner and his team will undoubtedly try to prevent Leipzig from retaining their DFB-Pokal title. Frankfurt aims to secure their second major trophy in two seasons, following their sensational triumph in the Europa League during Glasner’s inaugural season in charge.
The outcome of Saturday’s cup final will determine whether Frankfurt qualify for the Europa League or Europa Conference League next season. A win against Leipzig would secure their place in the Europa League once again. Meahilwe, a loss would relegate them to the Europa Conference League.
However, their focus is on lifting another significant trophy. Glasner will likely be relieved that his players have regained form in recent weeks, after suffering a winless streak of 10 league games before their 3-2 victory against Stuttgart in the DFB-Pokal semi-final, which is their only away win in 13 matches.
Since the final is being played at a neutral venue, Frankfurt’s dependence on their home crowd at Deutsche Bank Park could be a disadvantage when they go up against Leipzig. However, under Glasner’s leadership, they have consistently been able to deliver positive results in crucial moments.
RB Leipzig possible starting lineup:
Blaswich; Simakan, Orban, Klostermann, Halstenberg; Laimer, Haidara; Szoboszlai, Olmo; Nkunku, Werner
Eintracht Frankfurt possible starting lineup:
Trapp; Tuta, Hasebe, Ndicka; Buta, Rode, Sow, Lenz; Lindstrom, Gotze; Kolo Muani
RB Leipzig vs Eintracht Frankfurt prediction
RB Leipzig have been in form throughout the season and will look to end their campaign with the all prestigious trophy. The combination of Christopher Nkunku and Timo Werner can to make a significant impact in this weekend’s crucial match.
While Eintracht Frankfurt has demonstrated glimpses of potential this season, they have some areas to address before this game. Currently, RB Leipzig holds the upper hand as the stronger team, making them the likely favorites to emerge victorious in this encounter.
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