DFB-Pokal Final Picks: Borussia Dortmund vs. Bayern Munich

Steven Suarez

Thursday, May 15, 2014 3:40 PM GMT

Thursday, May. 15, 2014 3:40 PM GMT

One last trophy is up for grabs in Germany this weekend and the top two teams in the country will be fighting it out. Are we siding with Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich or Borussia Dortmund with our soccer picks?

Odds Overview
The Bavarians are close to even money to win, listed at +105 or so at the sportsbooks. Dortmund is available at right around +260. Including extra-time and shootouts, a Bayern win is quoted at -185 and a BVB victory is at +165.

 

Borussia Dortmund
Though they had no chance of catching Bayern for the league title, Dortmund still managed to close out the season in dominant fashion.

Their last two results were both victories. First they scratched and clawed their way to a 3-2 win over Hoffenheim at home, and a week later they crushed Hertha Berlin 4-0 away from home. Robert Lewandowski had a brace and was joined by Milos Jojic and Henrik Mkhitaryan on the score-sheet.

Lewandowski has been the main inspiration for BVB in recent years and he kept that going with another fine individual season in 2013/14. He had 20 goals in the Bundesliga this season, his gift to the club before he heads to Bayern Munich over the summer.

Dortmund also got great production out of Marco Reus, who had 16 goals and 13 assists this term, as well as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (13 league goals) and Mkhitaryan, who put in nine goals to go with 10 assists.

We don't have to tell you how important this upcoming occasion will be for Dortmund, who will likely relish the opportunity to be the underdogs. They've played some beautiful soccer and will hope for one more incredible result in order close out the season in the best possible way: hoisting a trophy. 

 

Bayern Munich
Putting the rubber stamp on an incredible season in the Bundesliga, the Bavarians ended on a high note by beating Stuttgart 1-0 at home. Claudio Pizarro scored the winner in stoppage time.

It's always nice to give the supporters something to cheer about, but in reality the title had been won weeks ago. Bayern was dominant as can be, recording 29 wins with only three draws and two defeats in 34 league matches. Their goal differential was +71.

Just look at the goalscoring chart for the club and it'll tell you all you need to know.

Six different players scored at least 10 league goals in 2013/14. Mario Mandzukic led the way with 18 goals in 21 appearances and was followed by Thomas Muller (13), Arjen Robben (11) and Pizarro, Franck Ribery and Mario Gotze, all of whom had 10 goals to their name. The defense hasn't been nearly as reliable, but Manuel Neuer has been excellent in goal and that's certainly helped.

Pep Guardiola is going to have some decisions to make with regards to his starting XI, as he's got a wealth of options to choose from. Who will be left out this weekend? 

 

DFB Pokal Pick
These familiar foes have met up three times this season, with Dortmund picking up two wins.

BVB opened their campaign with a 4-2 win over Bayern in the DFB Super Cup and also won 3-0 at the Allianz Arena in Bundesliga action in the month of April. The Bavarians, however, were able to get the better of Dortmund once, winning 3-0 away back in November.

These sides obviously know each other well, so it's going to be thrilling to watch them go at it for the trophy. What it comes down to though is we feel Bayern simply have the greater firepower and that could ultimately make the difference. Whereas Lewandowski and Reus have almost been a two-man army for BVB, Bayern has six or seven guys who have great qualities in front of goal.

We're recommending readers take the Bundesliga champions to earn the hard-fought cup victory.

Soccer Pick: Bayern Munich 2 Borussia Dortmund 1

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