RB Leipzig: Five Reasons Why They Will Win the DFB Cup Final
RB Leipzig is one win away from lifting their second successive DFB Cup, and they are the favorites to do so. Here are five reasons why the holders will get the job done in Saturday’s final against Eintracht Frankfurt.
DFB Cup Final Regulars
Leipzig has contested four of the last five DFB Cup finals, and this season’s edition marks their third in a row. They have been dominant in the competition, with their last defeat in the 2020/21 showpiece against Borussia Dortmund. Since then, they have won ten games, including last term’s final triumph over Freiburg on penalties.
Christopher Nkunku’s Form
Despite missing a chunk of the Rückrunde through injury, Christopher Nkunku still finished the campaign as the Bundesliga’s 16-goal top scorer, sharing the Torjägerkanone with Werder Bremen striker Niclas Füllkrug. The Leipzig talisman has rediscovered his world-beating form at just the right time, producing four goals and three assists across his last five league outings alone – including a pressure-cooker penalty away to champions Bayern Munich.
Unbeaten Against Frankfurt
Leipzig boss Marco Rose has a knack of taking down Frankfurt. He lost his first encounter with Eintracht as a Mainz player, but is unbeaten in 11 since (W7, D4). His record as a coach against the 2017/18 DFB Cup winners is better still: W6, D1.
Leipzig is enjoying a real purple patch, recording nine wins in their last 10 competitive fixtures, accounting for the likes of Bayern and Bundesliga runners-up Dortmund in that time. Frankfurt also came up short against the DFB Cup holders on Bundesliga Matchday 22, even though Leipzig were missing Nkunku and playmaker Dani Olmo.
Leipzig finished third in the recently ended Bundesliga season, only five points behind the top two, but 16 better off than seventh-placed Frankfurt. They outscored the Eagles (64 to 58), shipped fewer goals (41 to 52), fired off more shots (509 to 414) and gave fewer away (325 to 367).
In conclusion, Leipzig is the clear favorite to win the DFB Cup final against Eintracht Frankfurt. With their regular appearances in the final, Nkunku’s form, unbeaten record against Frankfurt, purple patch, and superior stats, they have all the tools to lift the trophy once again.
Keywords: RB Leipzig, DFB Cup, Christopher Nkunku, Marco Rose, Eintracht Frankfurt, Bundesliga.
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