Hermann-Neuberger-Stadion, Saarbrücken, Germany.
Tuesday 9th June 2020.
Kick-off: 20:45 (CEST).
4th-tier side Saarbrücken look to continue their unlikely run in the DFB-Pokal as they play Bayer Leverkusen in the first semi-final.
It has been a fairytale run for Saarbrücken. They are the first 4th-tier side in history to reach the semi-finals of the DFB-Pokal. They've won 2 matches against Bundesliga teams already as they beat FC Köln in the second round and they recorded a famous penalty shootout triumph over Düsseldorf in the quarters.
Road to the semi-final
R1 Saarbrücken 3-2 Jahn Regensburg
R2 Saarbrücken 3-2 Köln
R16 Saarbrücken 0-0 (5-3) Karlsruher
QF Saarbrücken 1-1 (7-6) Düsseldorf
In need of a trophy
Bayer Leverkusen needed three late goals to defeat Union Berlin in the previous round, but otherwise, it has been a reasonably straightforward passage to the semis for them. You'd expect them to have too much for Saarbrücken considering the fans won't be there to spur on their opponents. However, Bayer won't be taking them lightly, and they are desperate to win a first major trophy since their DFB-Pokal win in 92/93. Bayer Leverkusen are at 1.03 to advance to the final.
Road to the semi-final
R1 Alemannia Aachen 1-4 Bayer Leverkusen
R2 Bayer Leverkusen 1-0 Paderborn
R16 Bayer Leverkusen 2-1 Stuttgart
QF Bayer Leverkusen 3-1 Union Berlin
Bayer are the heavy favourites for this one, and on paper, they should dispatch Saarbrücken with ease. However, as shown in their games against Düsseldorf and Köln; Saarbrücken certainly have what it takes to defeat top division teams. Bayer Leverkusen lost 2-4 at the weekend against Bayern Munich, but they enter this match with quite a few games under their belt, unlike their opponents. Saarbrücken have not played a game since March; further hampering their already uphill task. Sebastien Jacob is Saarbrücken's top goalscorer with 17 goals in 19 league matches; he's at 4.20 to score in the most important game of his career so far.
1. FC Saarbrücken: n/a.
Bayer Leverkusen: Kai Havertz (doubt).
There's a significant gap in quality between the teams and combined with Leverkusen's superior match sharpness; our betting tip is for Bayer Leverkusen to score over four goals currently at 3.00.
Whatever you bet on, enjoy the game and don't forget that our prices are subject to fluctuation. Please check our Sports Betting page for the latest odds.