Bayern Munich goes for the domestic double on Saturday when the Bundesliga champs face Kai Havertz and Bayer Leverkusen in the DFB-Pokal final in one of the most highly anticipated matches of the summer. The German Cup trophy is on the line when these two meet at the Olympiastadion in Berlin for the 77th edition of the cup. Bayern are the title holders in the competition and are in their third straight final while Leverkusen is in its first final since 2009, where it lost to Werder Bremen.
Here's how you can watch the match and what to know:
- Date: Saturday, July 4
- Time: 2 p.m. ET
- Location: Olympiastadion -- Berlin, Germany
- TV: ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes
- Live stream: ESPN app
- Odds: Bayer Leverkusen - 800; Draw +470; Bayern Munich -340 (via William Hill Sportsbook)
- Live updates: Leverkusen vs. Bayern
Leverkusen: This team goes as Havertz goes. He's one of the best young players in the world, and if he is on, they have a chance. If Leverkusen struggles to get the ball to him in dangerous positions, Bayern shouldn't have much of a problem. Leverkusen has the defensive ability to keep this one close late and know they could be 90 minutes away from the title. Expect Leverkusen to sit back defensively early on. Leverkusen did beat Bayern 4-1 back in August.
Bayern: This team looked unstoppable as it ran away with the Bundesliga crown. With Robert Lewandowski scoring over 30 Bundesliga goals, expect this Bayern team to dominate possession and the chances. If Bayern can't win the cup, it would be a massive upset when you consider the form. Bayern has won 16 straight games and is unbeaten in its last 25, winning 24 of them and drawing the other.
Leverkusen vs. Bayern prediction
Havertz dazzles, but Bayern's just too strong in the end. Pick: Bayern 2, Leverkusen 1