Can Lewandowski lift trophy in last Dortmund outing?
All eyes in German football will be on Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund (7/4 to win the trophy) and Bayern Munich (4/9) in the DFB-Pokal cup final, and one player in particular Robert Lewandowski.
The Polish star striker will play his last game for his current club Dortmund (who are 13/5 for victory in 90 minutes), before heading to Bayern (10/11) in the summer on a free transfer.
However, he said prior to the upcoming game: “At the moment, I’m not interested in my new employers at all. I want a crowning glory, preferably with a cup in hand”
Manager Jurgen Klopp will need to decide if Lewandowski will be in the right frame of mind and whether to play him or not, as he left him out of the starting lineup in the league fixture against Bayern in April. Incidentally, they went on to win 3-0 that day away at the Allianz Arena, with the 25-year-old only coming on for the last half hour.
The Borussia boss has been in this situation before, however, when Mario Gotze, who had also already signed a pre-contract agreement with Munich, was left out of the Champions League final last season against them. But will Lewandowski be absent as well?
Dortmund lost that day, 1-0 thanks to an Arjen Robben (7/4 to score anytime again) first half effort.
This will be the third year running that the duo have faced each other in this competition. Bayern won the last meeting 1-0 in the quarters, while Borussia claimed a 5-2 mauling of the current holders the year before in the final.
Holders Munich were 3-2 victors against Stuttgart to get the title, while the last three finals have produced five goals or more. Coral give odds of 10/3 for the total in this game to be over 4.5 again.
Lewandowski, who has 28 goals in all compettions this season, hit a hat-trick in that 5-2 victory, and is a 28/1 chance to achieve that incredible feat once again. He is priced at 6/4, meanwhile, to net anytime.
The man who the Pole is likely to replace at Munich, Mario Mandzukic, is reportedly dropped for the final, while Bastian Schweinsteiger is out injured.