DFB Pokal Semi Final midweek action comes from Saarbrucken, who host Bundesliga outfit Bayer Leverkusen. We tip this historic match for the fourth tier club.
Who is playing?
Saarbrucken vs Bayer Leverkusen
What competition is it?
DFB Pokal Semi Final
What time is Saarbrucken vs Bayer Leverkusen?
19:45 GMT, Tuesday 9th June 2020
Where do Saarbrucken play?
Where can I watch Saarbrucken vs Bayer Leverkusen?
BT Sport 1
Thoughts on Saarbrucken vs Bayer Leverkusen
What a fairytale journey so far for fourth-tier club Saarbrucken. They have maneuvered their way through rounds in the DFB Pokal to set up a tie with Bundesliga established Bayer Leverkusen. A win for the huge underdogs would see them face either Bayern Munich or Eintracht Frankfurt in the DFB Pokal Final. However, their league got cancelled months ago because of the enforced break. Not only will they be underdogs in terms of talent and reputation but also in match sharpness and fitness. For Leverkusen, it might present an opportunity to rotate the squad after their 4-2 defeat by Bayern at the weekend. This clash could just come down to how many B04 score.
Saarbrucken looking for upset
The former Bundesliga side of the early 90s have plummeted down to the Regionalliga Sudwest, a regional league in the fourth tier of Germany. However, they have smashed it this season once again, and sit top of the league. Since they have cancelled the regional league, the Saarland club have earned automatic promotion to the 3. Liga as champions.
The side have become the first team from the fourth tier to reach the Semi Final of the competition. Interestingly, they have played all their previous round ties at home. Saarbrucken have defeated two Bundesliga sides so far to get here. With seven goals scored, including three against Cologne, they have scored 86% of their DFB Pokal goals in the second half.
B04 to cruise to victory
It may seem like a formality. However, a place in the DFB Pokal Final will motivate Peter Bosz and Bayer Leverkusen to get the job done professionally. They have won no silverware since 2009, and can take a chance to face Bayern or Frankfurt for the prestigious trophy. Not only do they bring the talent into this match but also match sharpness and solid form.
Since the return of Bundesliga action, Leverkusen have secured three wins from five. B04 are battling hard for a top four spot come the end of the season. In terms of their DFB Pokal journey, they have defeated Aachen, Paderborn, Stuttgart, and most recently Union Berlin. They have scored at least two second half goals in 75% of their domestic cup games this season.
Saarbrucken recent matches:
- Walldorf (a) 1-0 defeat
- Dusseldorf (h) 1-1 win (pens)
- Balingen (h) 4-0 win
- Karlsruher (h) 0-0 win (pens)
Bayer Leverkusen recent matches:
- Bayern Munich (h) 2-4 defeat
- Freiburg (a) 1-0 win
- Wolfsburg (h) 1-4 defeat
- Borussia Monchengladbach (a) 1-3 win
Saarbrucken top scorers:
- Sebastian Jacob (Forward) – 16 Regionalliga Sudwest goals
- Markus Mendler (Midfielder) – 7 Regionalliga Sudwest goals
Bayer Leverkusen top scorers:
- Kai Havertz (Forward) – 11 Bundesliga goals
- Kevin Volland (Forward) – 9 Bundesliga goals
|19th Febraury 1993||SAA 3-1 B04||Bundesliga|
|14th August 1992||B04 1-1 SAA||Bundesliga|
Sam’s Betting Tip
*Odds as of the time of writing (Monday 8th June) and subject to change
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