Bookies.com rates Jurgen Klopp and Borussia Dortmund's chances of beating Bavarian giants Bayern Munich in the upcoming DFB Pokal semi-final clash
As Jurgen Klopp prepares for his last visit to the Allianz Arena at the helm of Borussia Dortmund, for a DFB Pokal semi-final duel, the mood in the German giants’ camp appears to be one of determination. Can the Yellow-Blacks send their superstar gaffer off in style?
An offer by bitter rivals Bayern Munich to present coach Klopp with a bunch of flowers before the clash was firmly rebuffed, with the departing Dortmund tactician stating: “It’s a nice gesture. But we’re armed for battle on Tuesday and we don’t want to be softened by being given flowers.”
There is no doubt that the Bundesliga big-guns, who are being priced by BetVictor at 6/1 to beat Bayern over 90 minutes, mean business.
The DFB Pokal presents not only the club’s last chance to capture a trophy this season, but also a potential path into Europe and shot to claim silverware with Klopp, should they feature in the final.
It is fitting that Pep Guardiola’s guys are blocking Klopp’s road to a glorious goodbye, with the German juggernaut’s plundering of their rivals for prize assets Mario Gotze and Robert Lewandowski (3/1 to draw first blood with Betfred) seen as a key component in their slump.
Bayern are available at 6/4 with bet365 to spoil the potential party by winning to nil, but are still competing in three competitions and may be stretched due to injuries.
Since taking over the reins at the Westanfalenstadion in 2008, Borussia boss Klopp has been the scourge of Munich, particularly in cup clashes.
Crafty Klopp, famed for his press conference quirks and excellent man management, has beaten the Bundesliga champions to the DFB Pokal before, and the 5-2 final thrashing in 2012 will surely linger in Munich’s memory.
Under the master tactician’s tutelage, Dortmund have also beaten Bayern to three out of the four Super Cups contested between them during Klopp’s tenure, as well as running them close in the 2013 Champions League final.
Despite the Yellow-Blacks’ poor start to this season, Klopp’s legacy to his successor Thomas Tuchel will surely be one of confidence, having shown that the club can beat and compete with Bayern for the Bundesliga title, despite comparatively limited resources.
Wily wingman Marco Reus recently penned a new deal at the Westenfalenstadion, in light of Bayern’s apparent interest, and is one of Klopp’s biggest success stories. The exciting attacker (15/2 to fire home first with Coral) has 11 strikes for the season and seven career goals against his Allianz Arena admirers.
If he does bow out in Bavaria, there is still a host of elite teams expected to be competing for Klopp’s services, with the beloved boss a best market price of 6/1 with Betfair to rock up at Real Madrid, or a safer shout of 6/5 from SkyBet to find a home at Manchester City.
Betting tip: Borussia Dortmund to beat Bayern Munich over 90 minutes @ 6/1 with BetVictor
All odds were correct at time of posting.