RB Leipzig vs Dortmund Prediction: German DFB Cup match on 13.05.2021
While league action takes place in England, Spain, France and Italy this midweek, the match of note from Germany football is a cup clash. RB Leipzig faces Borussia Dortmund in the German DFB Cup from 19:45 GMT on Thursday, and you can follow the play live on TV as both teams battle to lift the trophy. Which side will get their wish? Will the Bulls get their hands on the silverware, or will Borussia Dortmund pull rank and win the game within 90 minutes? Fans of German football can’t wait to find out.
It is interesting to note that Leipzig and Dortmund aren’t as familiar as you may expect, with the stats showing they have met in competitive action only ten times previously. The head-to-head stats show Borussia Dortmund have dominated the play over the years, winning six against two victories for RB Leipzig and two games ending in a draw. All previous games have been in the league.
A competitive match is expected, and armchair fans hope this renewal falls into line with recent games involving the Bulls and Borussia. Both teams have scored in each of the last two clashes and in six of the last eight. Will this game provide supporters with another goal-fest? We’ll undoubtedly find out on Thursday evening.
Bulls charging towards the trophy
RB Leipzig was involved in a nail-biting match with Werder Bremen that went into extra time and kept fans on the edge of their seats. The teams produced a tense 0-0 finish after 90 minutes but then exploded to life, serving three goals in extra time. The Bulls won the game with a 2-1 final score thanks to strikes from Hwang Hee-Chan and Forsberg, one either side of a reply from Bittencourt with 105 minutes on the clock. It was a real slog, but RB players will feel they are fully deserving of their spot in this match.
Will Leipzig build on that nervy win in the semi-finals to go on and lift the German DFB Cup? They have every chance, of course, but must improve their attack on what we saw in the previous game. Bulls are within touching distance of the trophy but can’t afford to let nerves ruin the big occasion. The players know what to expect from Borussia Dortmund and must get down to business from the first whistle.
Leipzig did suffer a defeat at the weekend in the Bundesliga when losing 3-2 away to Borussia Dortmund in what was a dress rehearsal for the final. The pair served up a five-goal thriller, but RB returned home with nothing to show for their efforts. They fought back from 2-0 down to get themselves level but were beaten by a late goal from Sancho, who found the net for the second time with 87 minutes on the clock.
Five-star Borussia Dortmund
While their opponents were stumbling past Werder Bremen and into the final, Borussia Dortmund put on a five-star show to make it through. They destroyed Holstein Kiel, who had over-achieved in reaching the semis and believed it was their year to achieve something special. Dortmund was expected to beat Holstein and did it without fuss, but the manner in which they blasted out their opponents to reach the final deserves respect. The players put on a show, scoring five goals and sending out a message of intent to the RB Leipzig ahead of this final.
Borussia hammered their opponents from the second level of German football and looked dangerous in doing so. Yes, they will face a much more formidable opponent in the final when lining up against the Bulls. But if Dortmund is in the same kind of mood as we saw from them in the semi-final, they’ll know there’s no reason why they can’t win this match in 90 minutes and lift the trophy. Reyna scored a double in the win over Holstein, hitting the net on 16 and 22 minutes. His efforts were boosted by strikes from Reus, Hazard and Bellingham. It’s worth noting Dortmund scored all five goals in the first half before taking their foot off the gas.
In the German Bundesliga, we find Borussia Dortmund placed fourth, battling to hang on and cement their place in the top four and qualify for next season’s Champions League. They are on an incredible run of form, winning each of their last five. Despite that purple patch, nothing has been decided yet. Dortmund is one point ahead of Eintracht Frankfurt in fifth and two points behind Wolfsburg in third.
RB Leipzig vs Dortmund prediction
This is a massive game for both teams. As well as a final, it’s a chance to add a cup win to a top-four finish in the Bundesliga and complete a successful season. The great thing about the final is it looks like a 50/50 on paper, a game there to be won. Yes, Borussia Dortmund were the more impressive in the semi-final, but they played a team from the lower leagues. RB Leipzig dug deep to knock out a fellow Bundesliga outfit.
Dortmund head into this match on a great run of form in the league. They also beat RB recently, which would have done wonders for team morale ahead of this game. They will arrive believing they are favourites to win the cup but will plan to get the job done without the lottery of extra time and penalties.
German DFB Cup odds
RB Leipzig to win this match is available at odds of 2.61 when betting with 22bet. Borussia Dortmund is 2.6 to claim victory in standard time while the draw can be backed at 3.5.
You can bet on the match winner or the market to lift the trophy. Bulls are 1.9 with Dortmund trading at 1.9. With that bet, it doesn’t matter how the teams win the cup, as long as they lift it at the end of the play. It covers backers for 90 minutes, extra time and penalties. There’s also a healthy number of specials, including both teams to score and correct score.
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