DFB Pokal Preview: Borussia Dortmund - Bayern Munich
Jupp Heynckes' men will be keen to avenge conceding the league title to BVB by beating the German champion in the domestic cup final at the Olympic Stadium in Berlin.
By Vasil Kotsev
Piszczek, Subotic, Hummels, Schmelzer
Gotze, Kagawa, Grosskreutz
Lahm, Boateng, Badstuber, Alaba
Schweinsteiger, Luiz Gustavo
Robben, Kroos, Ribery
Borussia Dortmund will have to do without the services of defender Patrick Owomoyela, who has been ruled out with injury. The right back is the only absentee for BVB, which will have a nearly full-strength squad at its disposal.
For Bayern Munich, Daniel van Buyten is training with the team after recovering from an injury he suffered in January. It is not yet clear what role he will play on Saturday, but he is most likely to start from the bench in the game against Dortmund.
Fellow defender Breno, however, will not feature as he is recovering from a knock, and is unlikely to play for the Bavarians again.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Borussia Dortmund has not won the DFB Pokal in 23 years, last lifting the trophy in 1989.
- BVB last appeared in the showpiece of the competition in season 2007-08. It was defeated 2-1 after extra time by no other than Bayern Munich, with Luca Toni bagging a brace.
- Dortmund crashed out of the DFB Pokal at the hands of Kicker Offenbach last season. The 3.Bundesliga side defeated BVB 4-2 on penalties.
- Bayern Munich has won the DFB Pokal a record 15 times in their history.
- The Bavarians have eliminated Dortmund three times from the competition, losing just once to BVB back in 1992 on penalties.
- Bayern Munich defeated two Bundesliga sides on their way to the DFB Pokal final in the form of Stuttgart and Borussia Monchengladbach, while Dortmund only met lower-division opposition.
Top 3 Predictions
Borussia Dortmund 2-1 Bayern
- 19.2 %
Borussia Dortmund 1-2 Bayern
- 14.11 %
Borussia Dortmund 0-2 Bayern
- 9.04 %
|1. Bundesliga (BUN)||Nov 23, 2013||Borussia Dortmund 0 - Bayern 3|
|German Supercup (GERS)||Jul 27, 2013||Borussia Dortmund 4 - Bayern 2|
|UEFA Champions League (UCL)||May 25, 2013||Borussia Dortmund 1 - Bayern 2|
|1. Bundesliga (BUN)||May 4, 2013||Borussia Dortmund 1 - Bayern 1|
|DFB-Pokal (GERC)||Feb 27, 2013||Bayern 1 - Borussia Dortmund 0|
|Dec 7, 2013||Borussia Dortmund 0 - Leverkusen 1||BUN|
|Dec 3, 2013||1. FC Saarbruecken 0 - Borussia Dortmund 2||GERC|
|Nov 30, 2013||Mainz 1 - Borussia Dortmund 3||BUN|
|Nov 26, 2013||Borussia Dortmund 3 - Napoli 1||UCL|
|Nov 23, 2013||Borussia Dortmund 0 - Bayern 3||BUN|
Times In EDT
Live Final scheduled Suspended Cancelled Postponed