LEP vs DOR Fantasy Preview:
As Germany’s biggest cup competition of the year comes to a close, a clash of titans are in the making as RB Leipzig will be eyeing their first trophy while Dortmund will be entering the arena with an objective of their fifth DFB Pokal.
This will be Leipzig’s second rodeo in the Pokal final as their last appearance in the 2019 finale ended in a disaster with Bayern running amok. They were thumped by a comprehensive margin of 3-0 and since then they have blown hot and cold in the knock-out fray. Leipzig’s road to the final was cemented when they pulled off a thrilling performance in the dying embers of extra time to deny Werder Bremen an advancement to the final showdown.
Hwang Hee-Chan’s 93rd-minute strike surged them ahead but their joys were short-lived as Leonardo Bittencourt struck back in quick succession. It was Emil Forsberg’s late strike that sank Bremen in the shores of a tie-breaker.
Dortmund, on the contrary, had a gala in the semi-finals as they hammered a technically undercooked Holstein Kiel in the most emphatic fashion. They managed to pound five past their opposition as an early brace from Giovanni Reyna was compounded by strike apiece from Marco Reus, Thorgan Hazard and Jude Bellingham.
This tie will be even more fascinating considering the fact that these two teams have played on the 8th of May wherein the Yellow Army managed to wring out a victory after a thrilling contest of 90 minutes. It was an exceptionally late strike from Jadon Sancho that denied the spoils of war to Leipzig. These are our fantasy picks for the upcoming grand finale of the DFB Pokal.
RB Leipzig versus Borussia Dortmund
May 14th, 2021
LEP vs DOR Head to head:
Dortmund has a clear sway over Leipzig as they have managed to secure victories in six fixtures while Leipzig has managed to win just two games. Three of the contests have panned out in stalemates. Leipzig tasted their last success against Dortmund in 2017 and Nagelsmann is still to crack the code of Yellow Wall.
LEP vs DOR Probable Teams:
RB Leipzig: Gulacsi, Klostermann, Upamecano, Orban, Mukiele, Sabitzer, Kampl, Angelino, Olmo, Forsberg, Sörloth
Borussia Dortmund: Hitz, Piszczek, Akanji, Hummels, Guerreiro, Can, Bellingham, Dahoud, Reus, Sancho, Hazard
Picks to consider:
Jadon Sancho has been in electrifying form, thanks to a rippling display in all forms of the competition that he has played this year. His minutes in DFB Pokal have seen him playing 5 matches which have also seen him spearing 5 netters and string 5 assists.
Emil Forsberg’s decisive strike in the semi-final sealed Leipzig’s fate in an exceptionally thrilling encounter. This man is always known for hunting in pairs and given the fact that he scored in the semi-final, it is believed, that he will be playing a pivotal role for Leipzig in the grand finale.
Match Prediction: Who will win today?
Dortmund will be tipped as the heavy contenders for the title given a lot more strength and depth in their squad. Despite the availability of Erling Haaland being a question, they can look up to the likes of Sancho and Hazard to come to their deliverance.