Borussia Dortmund and Bayer Leverkusen Favorites
We’re down to 16 teams in the DFB-Pokal, the premier knockout cup competition in Germany. Ahead of the round of 16, we’ll take an updated look at the outright German DFB Pokal odds. There have been some shocking DFB-Pokal results so far, as both Bayern Munich and SC Freiburg lost to lower-tier sides.
Two-time defending champions RB Leipzig are also out of the competition. That means teams like Borussia Dortmund and Bayer Leverkusen have emerged as favorites. However, the draw has been favorable to some lower-tier sides, and it remains to be seen whether we’ll have some shock teams in the DFB-Pokal final.
Currently, Borussia Dortmund are the favorites to win the DFB-Pokal, at +240 odds. Dortmund are the last team, other than RB Leipzig, to win the DFB-Pokal and last lifted the trophy in 2021. So far, they’ve taken down Schott Mainz and Hoffenheim on their DFB-Pokal schedule.
However, Dortmund have a difficult match at Stuttgart in the round of 16. Stuttgart just defeated BVB 2-1 in the Bundesliga and Dortmund’s road form hasn’t been great.
If Dortmund do advance, they certainly have what it takes to take home the title. Captain Marco Reus has been playing well and Julian Brandt has been their talisman so far. What they need is more consistent striker play, as neither Niclas Fullkrug nor Sebastien Haller have been great this season.
Bayer Leverkusen have been superb under Xabi Alonso and went into the November international break with a 16-1-0 record, in all competitions. They play an attractive attacking style of football that has served them well so far.
Unlike Dortmund, Leverkusen have had no issues with their strikers this season. Victor Boniface has hit the ground running, with seven goals and five assists in the Bundesliga.
Leverkusen are on top of the Bundesliga and have outscored their opponents 13-2 through two rounds of the DFB-Pokal. The German DFB Pokal odds price Leverkusen at +250 odds to win their first major trophy for over 30 years.
Already, six Leverkusen players have registered 10 goal contributions. They are Boniface, Florian Wirtz, Alex Grimaldo, Jonas Hofmann, Jeremie Frimpong and Amine Adli. Leverkusen head on the road to Werder Bremen in the round of 16 and are expected to advance.
Stuttgart are one of the most intriguing picks here, at +500 odds. At 8-3, they’re in third place in the Bundesliga and Serhou Guirassy has been on fire. The Guinean international has scored 15 goals in just nine Bundesliga appearances. This may be a good time to take Stuttgart’s outrights, as their odds will shorten considerably if they defeat Borussia Dortmund in the round of 16.
Eintracht Frankfurt, who were finalists last season, figure to be another popular pick. They sit at +800 odds to win and are nine-time finalists. Under new coach Dino Toppmoller, Frankfurt have proven to be a difficult team to beat. They have just one loss in 11 Bundesliga matches, at 4-6-1.
They haven’t yet conceded in the DFB-Pokal and Jens Petter Hauge is a joint DFB-Pokal leader with three assists so far. They’ve got a favorable round of 16 matchup at fourth-tier Saarbrucken, who shockingly defeated Bayern Munich 2-1 a few weeks back.
Borussia Monchengladbach and Wolfsburg are next on the odds board. The two sides show +1000 and +1400 odds to win the DFB-Pokal, respectively. However, the Bundesliga clubs will face off in the round of 16 as Gladbach host. They’ve both got a shot to make a deep run in the competition but have been inconsistent this season. Amazingly, the aforementioned teams are the only six Bundesliga sides remaining in the competition.
Three second-tier clubs are level on +3300 German DFB Pokal odds. They are Hamburg, Fortuna Dusseldorf and St. Pauli. None of those teams take on 1. Bundesliga sides in the round of 16. However, bettors should note that a team from the 2. Bundesliga hasn’t won the DFB-Pokal since Hannover 96 in 1992.
Plus, a second-tier club hasn’t made the final since MSV Duisburg in 2011. St. Pauli are currently in first place in the 2. Bundesliga and are unbeaten in 15 matches this season.
Hertha BSC and Kaiserslautern are +5000 longshots but they have both defeated Bundesliga sides already. Hertha, who were relegated from the Bundesliga at the end of last season, defeated Mainz 3-0 in the second round. Meanwhile, Kaiserslautern took down Koln 3-2 in the second round and led 3-0 at one point.
Paderborn, Magdeburg and Nurnberg are all priced at +10000 outright odds at the moment. They’re all second-tier teams with difficult round of 16 matchups. Saarbrucken and FC 08 Homburg are in the third and fourth tiers, respectively and it’d be a massive shock if either reach the final.