Bayern Munich gear up for DFB Pokal final against Frankfurt

Bayern Munch are aiming to win their second trophy of the season when they face Eintracht Frankfurt in the DFB Pokal final later this evening.

Jupp Heynckes would like to sign off his career with a domestic double with the Rekodmeisters. The German manager is set to retire after a successful interim stint in Munich.

Bayern Munich did not win this trophy last season as Dortmund defeated them in the semi-finals. This season, however, Bayern overcame several tough opponents to reach the final. The German champions defeated RB Leipzig and Dortmund in the rounds of 32 and 16 respectively.

Bayern head into this game fresh off a poor result last Saturday, when they were defeated 4-1 by VFB Stuttgart at the Allianz Arena.

Frankfurt have enjoyed a very good season under Niko Kovac. The just missed out on a European place in the Bundesliga, but overall they have vastly improved under the Croatian manager. Kovac is set to join Bayern next season, but he will be aiming to finish his tenure with Frankfurt with a win over his future employers and an important trophy.

Thomas Muller has recovered from an illness which kept him out for a few days this week. The Bavarians in now completely fit to start in the final. Jerome Boateng remains on the sidelines as he targets return to action later this month. Arturo Vidal is another long term absentee who will miss the game today.

Heynckes confirmed that Neuer is not fit enough to start this game. Sven Ulrich is set to start the final after a very solid campaign for Bayern. Niklas Sule and Mats Hummels are favourites to slot in the centre back positions. Joshua Kimmich and David Alaba will occupy the right back and left back positions.

In the centre of the park, Javi Martinez is likely to play in the defensive midfield position. James Rodriguez and Thiago Alcantara are the most probable candidates to complete the 3-man midfield. The Colombian is likely to play the attacking midfield role while Thiago will be the box-to –box midfielder.

Robert Lewandowski has been subject to criticism in the past few weeks after his poor performances against Real Madrid. The Poland international has enjoyed a very god season despite this criticism. He will lead the line for the Bavarians in the final against Frankfurt. Thomas Muller and Frank Ribery are likely to play on either side of Lewandowski.

Frankfurt suffered a heavy defeat against Bayern a few weeks ago in the Bundesliga. Kovac’s men come into this game on the back of 4 defeats in the last 5 Bundesliga games. However, this game is completely different as Frankfurt will be eager to cause an upset in the final. They delivered a very spirited performance against Schalke in the semi-finals.

Sebastian Haller and Luka Jovic are the key players for Frankfurt, as they have scored 17 goals between them in the Bundesliga. Apart from this duo, Ante Rebic is also a player who can trouble Bayern’s defense. The Bavarians need a better defensive performance than last weekend as they will be suspected to numerous counter attacks.

Prediction: Bayern Munich 2-1 Frankfurt

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