DFB Pokal Final Preview

By on 21st May 2022

The Olympic Stadium in Berlin will be the grand setting for Freiburg vs RB Leipzig in Germany’s DFB-Pokal cup final on Saturday. Freiburg is competing in the final for the first time in its 118-year history. Meanwhile, RB Leipzig is in its third final in the past four seasons – although it lost on both occasions.

A memorable 2021-22 campaign for Freiburg has seen Christian Streich’s side qualify for the Europa League after securing sixth place in the Bundesliga, the club’s highest top-flight finish for nine years.

Die Breisgau-Brasilianer were in the hunt for Champions League football heading into their final two league games, but defeats against Union Berlin and Bayer Leverkusen, losing to the latter 2-1 away from home last weekend, quashed their top-four hopes. Nevertheless, Freiburg could end the season on a real high as they bid to win their first-ever domestic cup on Saturday.

Freiburg will not be phased by making the trip to Berlin, as they have played all of their previous five matches in this season’s DFB-Pokal away from home.

Victories against third-tier outfits Wurzburger Kickers and Osnabruck in the first two rounds were followed by a comfortable 4-1 win over Hoffenheim in the middle of January. Freiburg then edged past Bochum 2-1 after extra time – with Roland Sallai netting a dramatic 120th-minute winner on that occasion – before claiming a 3-1 victory against Hamburg in the semi-finals.

Team News:

Freiburg:

Manager Christian Streich will be unable to call on the services of Kevin Schade and Noah Weisshaupt on Saturday, as the two players are out injured. Yannik Keitel has not quite recovered from a toe injury and is a doubt for this one.

RB Leipzig:

Amadou Haidara has recovered from a knee injury he sustained while on international duty. That means manager Domenico Tedesco has a fully fit squad to select from.

Freiburg vs RB Leipzig Head-to-Head

The final at the weekend will mark the 15th meeting between the two teams. Freiburg have won four of their previous matchups, while Leipzig have won six. There have been four draws between the two teams, including their most recent clash, which ended 1-1.

Freiburg Form Guide (All Competitions): L-L-W-D-W.

RB Leipzig Form Guide (All Competitions): D-W-L-L-W.

Freiburg vs RB Leipzig Predicted XIs

Freiburg (4-2-3-1): Mark Flekken; Christian Gunter, Nico Schlotterbeck, Philipp Lienhart, Lukas Kubler; Nicolas Hofler, Maximilian Eggestein; Roland Sallai, Woo-Yeong Jeong, Vincenzo Grifo; Lucas Holer.

RB Leipzig (4-2-3-1): Peter Gulacsi; Josko Gvardiol, Willi Orban, Mohamed Simakan; Benjamin Henrichs, Konrad Laimer, Kevin Kampl, Angeliño; Emil Forsberg; Christopher Nkunku, Andre Silva.

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