German Cup Final 2013: Bayern Munich vs. Stuttgart Date, Time and Live Stream
Bundesliga and Champions League winners Bayern Munich hope to complete the treble by defeating Stuttgart in the German Cup final. Bayern are looking to lift the trophy for the 16th time, while Stuttgart seek their fourth DFB-Pokal title.
The championship match will mark the third meeting of the season between the clubs. Bayern won each of the first two by a combined scored of 8-1. The Bavarian powerhouse also finished 48 points ahead of the Reds in the league table.
For Bayern, winning the German Cup would be icing on the cake after a dominant campaign. Stuttgart would love to play the role of spoiler to end their season on a high note, but they will need their best performance of the year to make it happen.
Which club will win the 2012-13 German Cup?
Any time a trophy is on the line, the intensity always rises exponentially. Let's check out all the viewing information for the match, followed by a closer look at some players to watch and a prediction for which club will earn the title.
Where: Olympic Stadium in Berlin, Germany
When: Saturday, June 1 at 2 p.m. ET
Live Stream: ESPN3.com
Bayern Munich Player to Watch: Arjen Robben
It was a tale of two halves for Robben in the Champions League final last week. In the first, he squandered several opportunities and looked destined for more UCL disappointment after missing a penalty in last year's final. In the second, he was an unstoppable force.
The Dutch international seemed to settle in after halftime, playing with more poise and confidence. He set up Mario Mandzukic for the opening goal and scored the dramatic winner in the dying moments to help Bayern upend rival Borussia Dortmund.
If Robben can carry over that second-half form into the Cup final, Bayern will be extremely tough to beat. His ability to put relentless pressure on an opposing back line is a vital asset for FCB. The more involved he is, the better their chance of success.
Stuttgart Player to Watch: Vedad Ibisevic
Ibisevic enjoyed the best season of his career leading the Stuttgart attack. He scored 17 goals in 39 matches across Bundesliga and Europa League play. He's added four more so far in the German Cup to help the club reach the final.
The Bosnian star ended the campaign on a high note, scoring three times over the last four matches. The Reds will need him to continue that hot run of play if they are going to keep pace with Bayern's unmatched firepower. It's a task they failed to accomplish in the first two meetings.
Since the Bayern midfield will likely control possession and the pace of the match, there's a good chance Ibisevic's best chances come on the counterattack. And the few opportunities he does get must be finished if Stuttgart wants to pull off the upset.
Matchup to Watch: Thomas Muller vs. Alexandru Maxim
Muller didn't make his usual impact in the Champions League final. Bayern seemed content attacking on the wings with Robben and Franck Ribery, which meant less action in the middle of the pitch for the talented German international.
Which key player will have a better Cup final?
Expect him to get more heavily involved against Stuttgart. He scored three goals in the two prior meetings between the clubs. It's that type of form that's allowed him to score 22 goals across all competitions this season.
Stuttgart will turn to Maxim with hopes he can offset Muller's production. The 22-year-old lacks experience in these types of high-pressure matches, which could be an issue. But he also possesses plenty of potential and gets a chance to show it off on the big stage.
Ultimately, Bayern should be able to win both this key matchup and the German Cup.
Bayern Munich 2, Stuttgart 0
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