Kaiserslautern vs Bayer Leverkusen Preview: No Longer Invincible Bayer Against The Red Devils in the DFB Pokal Finale

Dumitru Palanchuk
Dumitru Palanchuk
23 May 2024, 17:17

The DFB Pokal final between Kaiserslautern and Bayer Leverkusen is set to take place at the Olympiastadion in Berlin, with Bayer are now aiming to complete an invincible domestic double, a feat never before achieved in German football history. Kaiserslautern, on the other hand, have had a challenging season in Bundesliga 2, finishing 13th. The Kaiserslautern vs Bayer Leverkusen prediction, however, will take into account that the team have shown remarkable resilience in the DFB Pokal, defeating several higher-ranked teams to reach the final.

Kaiserslautern Team News

Kaiserslautern, once one of Germany's more successful clubs, have had a tough season in Bundesliga 2, finishing only in 13th place. However, their DFB Pokal campaign has been a different story. They started with a commanding 5-0 win over FC Rot-Weiss Koblenz and continued their impressive run by defeating Cologne (3-2) in the second round. In the round of 16, they secured a 2-0 victory over F.C. Nurnberg, followed by a 3-1 win against Hertha Berlin in the quarter-finals and semi final triumph over F.C. Saarbrücken (2-0).

Despite being the clear underdogs, as can be seen from the Kaiserslautern vs Bayer Leverkusen odds, Kaiserslautern have a rich history in the DFB Pokal, having won the cup twice, in 1990 and 1996. After a disappointing season in the Bundesliga 2, a victory in the final would not only be a historic achievement but also secure them a spot in the Europa League next season, providing the Red Devils with a first appearance in the European competition since the 2003/04 season.

Bayer Leverkusen Team News

With their unbeaten run stopped at 51 matches, Bayer lost its chances to win a historic treble, followed by defeat in the UEFA Europa League finale (3-0). Being cold-showered by Ademola Lookman, who scored a hat trick in Dublin, Xabi Alonso’s team is still writing history in Germany, aiming for an unbeaten German double. Their journey to the DFB Pokal final has been equally impressive, starting with an 8-0 thrashing of Teutonia 05, followed by a 5-2 win over Sandhausen. They then defeated Paderborn 3-1 in the round of 16, secured a last-minute victory against Stuttgart in the quarter-finals, and cruised past Fortuna Dusseldorf 4-0 in the semi-finals. Most importantly, die Werkself did not lose its motivation, as the players, as Alonso confessed, clearly understood that the impressive unbeaten couldn’t last forever. Bayer will be able to win the domestic double for the first time in the club's history, and bring the cup title to Leverkusen for the first time since 1993.

Kaiserslautern vs Bayer Leverkusen Prediction

Half/Match - Bayer Leverkusen to Win

After the heavy defeat to Atalanta, Bayer will likely make its best to finish the season in style and achieve the confident win over Kaiserslautern. The players are visibly disappointed and the upcoming match against the team from the second division seems like a perfect opportunity to release the steam off and bring another unforgettable night for the fans. Xabi Alonso, on his side, never restricts his men when it comes to scoring goals and playing attacking football until the very end of the match. For this Kaiserslautern vs Bayer Leverkusen tip, MrPlay offers 1.50.

Both Teams to Score

Despite the attacking prowess of Bayer, their defence was never perfect throughout the season, which was only highlighted in the UEFA Europa League final by Lookman’s hat-trick. Kaiserslautern, on the other hand, highlighted its resilience and the ability to wait for the chances, throughout their DFB Pokal’s run. With Bayer likely to concentrate on the attack, its high flanks can provide a fertile ground for the Red Devils’ counterattacks. MrPlay gives 2.14 for this outcome.

Each Half Total Goals Over 1.5

With Bayer's seemingly uncompromising attitude, it seems likely that the team will aim to score from the very first minutes. At the same time, given the Werkself’s playing style, Kaiserslautern will likely have its moments and if the team will be able to convert them into goals, the fans can expect an exciting shootout from the first till last minute. Within these considerations, it is highly likely that both halves will be productive in terms of goals scored. This outcome can be picked at 3.10 at HeySpin

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