Dortmund or Bayern? Who’ll win the clash of the German titans in the DFB Pokal Final?

Dortmund celebrate Marco Reus' goal in the 3-0 win over Bayern in the league last month

Dortmund celebrate Marco Reus’ goal in the 3-0 win over Bayern in the league last month

The domestic season in Germany comes to a close this evening with the DFB Pokal final as Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich clash at the Olympic Stadium in Berlin in their second final meeting in a year. Their last clash in a final came a year ago at Wembley as Bayern Munich scored late to secure a 2-1 victory over Jurgen Klopp’s men to lift the Champions League trophy in celebration, now will they add the DFB Pokal trophy to their runaway Bundesliga victory tonight in Munich?

Dortmund v Bayern Betting Odds (Normal Time Only):

Borussia Dortmund – 3.20

Draw – 3.30

Bayern Munich – 1.99

(All odds provided by GR88.com are accurate as of today and subject to change)

Dortmund have had a great time of things in the DFB Pokal this season as they are yet to concede a goal in the competition as they have all but steamrolled everyone in their path en route to this evening’s final against their biggest rivals. Only a second round match against 1860 Munich saw them need extra time to progress, but they have built from the back and they’ll be desperate to get revenge, however small in comparison, for the Champions League final loss last season. They ended the season with seven wins and one draw in their last eight games, including beating Real Madrid 2-0 as they almost came back from a 3-0 first leg loss to send the Spaniards crashing out, and winning 3-0 at the Allianz Arena against Bayern. Can they extend their unbeaten run to nine tonight?

Bayern may have runaway with the league in Germany this season as they took the title in record time, but once they had nothing left to play for they lost their way a little. Their final 12 matches of the season saw four losses and two draws, including suffering defeats to Real Madrid in the semi finals of the Champions League. They have been hit and miss at the end of this season, but the quality is still there and a cup final is sure to bring it to the fore and they will want set down a marker for next season, but with them being so inconsistent it is difficult to be sure about which side we will see tonight.

The teams have already faced each other on three occasions this season and both teams have claimed 3-0 away wins, with Bayern winning at Dortmund in November and Dortmund repeating the feat a month ago. The other match saw them clash at the start of the season in the Super Cup as Bayern were ripped apart in a 4-2 defeat in Pep Guardiola’s first match. I feel that this match will have an end of season feel to it as both sides look to close out 2013/14 campaigns in style with some attacking football and with their being 12 goals in the three meetings already this season I can see goals this evening. If pushed, I feel that Dortmund will win this trophy tonight, but the value is to be had on goals at the Olympic Stadium.

Back there to be at least four goals on the Three Goals No Bet market in this DFB Pokal Final between Dortmund and Bayern tonight @ 1.91 with GR88.com.

AntonyANTONY JORDAN (antonygr88) is an avid football and cricket fan who loves to play his favourite sports as much as write about them and bet on them.  Read his daily sports betting blog at GR88.com.

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Can Dortmund repeat last season’s home win over Real to reach the Champions League Semis?

Cristiano Ronaldo equalled the record for most Champions League goals in the first leg, now can he break it in the second leg?

Cristiano Ronaldo equalled the record for most Champions League goals in the first leg, now can he break it in the second leg?

The first leg of this Borussia Dortmund v Real Madrid Champions League Quarter Final blew away the horrific memories of last season’s Semi Final clash between these teams for Real Madrid as their 3-0 win, courtesy of goals from Gareth Bale, Isco and the Champions League top scorer for this season Cristiano Ronaldo, saw them put one foot into the final four stage. However, this week sees them return to Signal-Iduna-Park where they suffered a Robert Lewandowski led 4-1 hammering last season so will they completely banish these nightmares with a second leg victory?

Dortmund v Real Betting Odds:

Borussia Dortmund – 3.15

Draw – 3.45

Real Madrid – 2.10

(All odds provided by GR88.com are accurate as of today and subject to change)

The first leg of this tie saw Dortmund hampered at the Santiago Bernabeu due to the fact that last season’s key player in the meetings between these two sides, Robert Lewandowski, was missing through suspension. However, he is back and will start this match as the focal point of the German side’s attack, but can he bag another four goals to see Dortmund progress at the expense of the Spaniards yet again? He did score in the 2-1 home win against Wolfsburg at the weekend, so he will be confident of being on target, but with Sebastian Kehl suspended and first choice goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller doubtful do they have enough to overturn a three goal deficit?

Real are having injury issues of their own with Cristiano Ronaldo missing the weekend 4-0 demolition of Real Sociedad as he was rested due to a knee injury and that Sociedad game saw Gareth Bale leave the field after taking a knock on his knee. Both are doubtful for this match, although Ronaldo is back in training, and if one or both of these two key players are unable to make the match day squad for this Dortmund v Real match then it will certainly give the hosts a massive boost before a ball has been kicked.

However, despite the injury concerns that Real may have for this match they are still the stronger of the two teams and with them unbeaten in the Champions League this season while Dortmund have suffered losses to Arsenal and Zenit St. Petersburg on home soil, the smart money for this Champions League Quarter Final second leg clash is on the away side. Especially as you can be sure that CR7 will push hard to ensure he is ready for this game to find the net and break Lionel Messi’s Champions League goal record.

Back Real Madrid to beat Borussia Dortmund in this Champions League Quarter Final @ 2.10 with GR88.com.

AntonyANTONY JORDAN (antonygr88) is an avid football and cricket fan who loves to play his favourite sports as much as write about them and bet on them.  Read his daily sports betting blog at GR88.com.

No guarantees for Arsenal ahead of must win Champions League clash

André Ayew

Arsenal will have to deal with the threat of Marseille star André Ayew (right)

 

It continues to be a fine season for Arsenal, despite the earlier pessimism among supporters, and tomorrow night they have the chance to put one foot into the knockout stages of the Champions League.

That word pessimism can be heavily associated with the Gunners in recent seasons and when they were drawn against last seasons’ runners-up Borussia Dortmund and big spending Napoli back in August, many feared the worst.

However Arsène Wenger has again proved many wrong, and victory at home to winless Marseille on Tuesday night could insure the North London club’s spot in the last 16.

Arsenal (1.22 with Bulldog777.com) are top of Group F after their superb victory in Dortmund last time out. They are expected to breeze past Marseille (15.00) who have found it tough at both domestic and European level this season, with even a draw (6.00) unlikely.

The French club are yet to pick up a point in the ‘group of death’ and are straggling behind big spending Monaco and Paris St Germain in Ligue 1.

But it may not be as straight forward for Aaron Ramsey and co as many people think.

While Les Phocéens have failed to make a mark on Group F, they have not been outclassed in the manner that many would assume.

Only once have they been beaten by more than one goal in their four games (away at Dortmund) and they should have got something from both of their clashes with Napoli, before being overpowered by Rafa Benitez’s side.

Forward Andre Ayew has three goals in four Champions League games this season and the Gunners may well rotate their stretched squad with the fixture list looking swamped from now until the new year.

Arsenal are favourites and for good reason, but keep the champagne on ice as Marseille would love to cause an upset at the Emirates and it should not be disregarded.

In the other fixture of Gameweek 5, Borussia Dortmund (1.62 with AllYouBet.ag) host Napoli (4.75) in a crunch game that could still massively affect Arsenal’s progress. A draw in Dortmund (4.00) would be the perfect result for Wenger’s side leaving Dortmund in real trouble of not qualifying, just months after reaching the final at Wembley.

Napoli beat 10-man Dortmund in Naples and sit three points clear of the Germans with two games to go.

A Napoli win would end Dortmund’s hopes of qualifying but if the hosts and favourites come out on top, Group F will be wide open.

Come Tuesday night Arsenal could be safely through to the knock out stages and highly rated Dortmund could be Europa League bound, but I have a feeling it may all go down to the final gameweek when the Gunners travel to Napoli and Marseille host Dortmund.

Betting Instinct tip: Arsenal 2-1 Marseille is 8.80 with GR88.com

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BRAD PINARD loves all things sport related, with a marinade of betting.