The DFB Pokal Final is on the schedule Saturday, July 4, 2020, when Bayern Munich and Bayer Leverkusen meet up in Berlin. This is the first time these two clubs will meet in the Pokal Final. The game will air live on ESPN2 at 2:00 p.m. EST.
Bayern Munich, in no surprised, are by far the most successful club in the DFB Pokal having lifted the trophy 19 times and finishing as runners-up four times. Bayern are the defending champions after beating RB Leipzig 3-0 in last season’s final. The Bavarians beat Energie Cottbus, Bochum, Hoffenheim, Schalke and Eintracht Frankfurt, all by one goal, to get to the final.
Bayer Leverkusen are participating in their fourth DFB Pokal Final and are looking for their second title. Leverkusen lifted the trophy in 1993 before losing to Schalke in the 2001-2002 final and Werder Bremen in the 2008-2009 final. Bayer Leverkusen got to the final by beating Alemannia Aachen, Paderborn, Stuttgart, Union Berlin, and Saarbrucken.
Below is my pick for the DFB Pokal Final between Bayern Munich and Bayer Leverkusen. All odds are from FanDuel Indiana Sportsbook.
Bayern Munich (-345) vs Bayer Leverkusen (+700) Draw (+460)
Bayern Munich finished off their Bundesliga championship campaign with a commanding 4-0 win at Wolfsburg. Kingsley Coman, Mickael Cuisance, Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Muller all got on the score sheet for the Bundesliga giants. Bayern Munich have not lost a competitive game since December 12, 2019, a span of 25 games, and are currently on a 16-match winning streak. The Bavarians are also one of the top contenders to lift the Champions League title, so a treble is still in Bayern Munich’s grasp.
Bayer Leverkusen ended their season with a dull 1-0 home win over Mainz. Kevin Volland netted a goal in the 2nd minute and that was all the scoring done in this one. Leverkusen finished their Bundesliga season by winning six games, playing to one draw, and losing three. Bayer Leverkusen will be disappointed with how their season ended, but a trophy will make up for it a bit.
Series History: These two clubs have met 90 times in the past and Bayern Munich holds a commanding 54-17-19 advantage. In their two meetings during the Bundesliga season, Bayer Leverkusen won 2-1 on the road and Bayern Munich won 4-2 on the road.
Game Prediction: I don’t see any way Bayer Leverkusen wins this one. Give me Bayern Munich to win by a couple of goals.
2020 Results: 66-54