Initial Observation and Head-to-Head
RB Leipzig will attempt to defend their championship in the DFB-Pokal final against Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday at the Olympiastadion in Berlin. Frankfurt, meanwhile, might catch Werder Bremen with six German domestic cup victories, moving them into second place overall in the competition’s history, just ahead of Bayern Munich. Naturally, Leipzig won their first major championship by defeating Freiburg on penalties in a thrilling final last year. Despite Marcel Halstenberg’s red card and his team being down, Christopher Nkunku managed to square the score late in the game.
To go to their third straight cup final, Die Roten Bullen once again overcame Christian Streich’s team, this time in the semi-final stage. However, it was a far more straightforward contest as they ran out 5-1 victors at Europa-Park Stadion. With Nkunku possibly set to play his final game for the club after scoring a brace against relegated Schalke 04 last time out, Marco Rose’s team should enter Saturday’s final with plenty of confidence after winning seven of their final eight Bundesliga games to guarantee their participation in the Champions League for the fifth consecutive year. Also Read:Barcelona beats 10-man Osasuna with the help of Jordi Alba’s goal.
RB Leipzig Team News
Andre Silva, a former striker for Frankfurt, had a significant thigh injury during training this week, which might prevent him from participating at the start of preseason. This dealt Leipzig a setback. The Portuguese striker, benched during his team’s 4-2 victory against Schalke last weekend, had a rough second season at the club and was not expected to start. Orjan Nyland, given a shot on the final day of the Bundesliga season, is unlikely to replace first-choice custodian Peter Gulasci because of a catastrophic ACL injury. Instead, Jan Blaswich will likely start in goal.
Frankfurt Team News
Frankfurt, meanwhile, must choose between club captain Sebastian Rode and Switzerland international Djibril Sow based on their midfield, or Daichi Kamada, who seems poised to join AC Milan on a free transfer this summer. Given Leipzig’s propensity for quick counterattacks, Rode may be viewed by Glasner as a more reliable option, which would imply that Kamada may eventually make his final appearance for the team as a sub. Ebimbe may need to wait since he has only recently returned from a long-term injury, but Glasner has plenty of options in the wing-back roles with Philipp Max and Ansgar Knauff also available to call. Ebimbe scored a crucial late winner against Freiburg after being a second-half substitute.
Predicted Lineups and Scores
RB Leipzig’s possible starting lineup: Blaswich; Simakan, Orban, Klostermann, Halstenberg; Laimer, Haidara; Szoboszlai, Olmo; Nkunku, Werner
Eintracht Frankfurt’s possible starting lineup: Trapp; Tuta, Hasebe, Ndicka; Buta, Rode, Sow, Lenz; Lindstrom, Gotze; Kolo Muani
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