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23/05/24 17:07

Bayer Leverkusen will hope to complete an invincible domestic double on Saturday as they play in the DFB Pokal final against Bundesliga.2 side FC Kaiserslautern which would draw a near perfect season to a close.

Olympiastadion

Kaiserslautern will be hoping to spoil the party for Leverkusen as the Bundesliga.2 side will be looking to cause the biggest upset imaginable. Kaiserslautern have played the likes of Koln and Hertha Berlin and have cruised fairly easily to the final and do not show any signs of stopping as they seek to grab their first DFB Pokal trophy since 1998.

As for Leverkusen, they cruised their way to the final other than when they faced Stuttgart in the quarter final and had to secure a 90th minute winner to secure themselves a place in the semi final.

Seeing a side from the second tier of German football in the final of the cup, you would think it is going to be the club that will get promoted, but not in this case. Kaiserslautern finished the season in 13th place and only picked up 39 points the whole season.

This factor would make it an even larger upset if Leverkusen are not able to come away with the trophy.

Leverkusen go into this game with their 53 unbeaten run being shut down. Their 3-0 loss in Dublin to Atalanta in the Europa League Final was the first of the season and will most definitely fuel Alonso’s side to head into Saturday’s fixture more eager than ever.

Team news

FC Kaiserslautern will be without top goal scorer Ragnar Ache. Ache scored 16 goals in the 23/24 season and will be a huge miss for his side. Jan Elvedi is also going to be a miss as the defender is out with a calf issue - much like his twin brother and Monchengladbach defender, Nico Elvedi.

Kaiserslautern will also be without Ben Zolinski, Hendrick Zuck and Julian Niehues as they continue to sit in the treatment room.

Kaiserslautern

As for Leverkusen, they seem to have a fully fit side ready to travel to Munich for the final. Wirtz was substituted off in the 81st minute in Dublin and should be fit to start, as well as Victor Boniface and Patrick Schick.

Robert Andrich, Nathan Tella and Odilon Kossounou are also fit to start after they were rotated in Dublin and did not see much game time.

Alonso

Predictions

Xabi Alonso and his players will be hungry to finish the domestic season unbeaten and claim the invincible season after falling victim to a Lookman demolition in Dublin.

Adding to the fact that they are playing a side who have struggled in the division below and are closer to relegation than they are to promotion.

It is a game that Leverkusen are destined to dominate and as a result of that I predict it will be 4-0 to Leverkusen. A stroll in the park for the likes of Wirtz and Patrick Schick.

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