Bayern are looking to secure the double in Jupp Heynckes’ final game when they meet Eintracht Frankfurt in the DFB Cup final in Berlin on Saturday.
This is Bayern’s fifth cup final in seven years after a 6-2 win at Bayer Leverkusen in the semi-final.
Despite taking a blow to his left foot in the final day loss to VfB Stuttgart, Mats Hummels has declared himself fit for Heynckes’ last match as a coach. He is set to partner Niklas Süle in defence with Jerome Boateng still out with an adductor problem despite training this week.
David Alaba and Arjen Robben both missed that final league game, but should be fit enough to feature in Berlin. This game is Manuel Neuer’s final chance for some competitive action before the FIFA World Cup following his foot injury.
Making it to a second consecutive final, this game is also a farewell for Eintracht coach Niko Kovac before he succeeds Heynckes in Munich for the start of the new season. Following a final day loss at Schalke, Frankfurt must win this game if they are to feature in the UEFA Europa League next term, and Kovac has a fully fit squad to choose from bar the suspended Gelson Fernandes.
He is expected to revert to the formation that caused Bayern so many problems in the first meeting this season, with USA international Timothy Chandler preferred on the left wing over Jetro Willems. Kevin-Prince Boateng, who could face his brother Jerome if the latter is fit, is expected to play in a slightly deeper midfield role as he goes in search of a first trophy in Germany.
Bayern: Ulreich – Kimmich, Süle, Hummels, Rafinha – Thiago, Martinez, James – Müller (c), Lewandowski, Ribery
Absentees: Neuer (foot), J. Boateng (adductor), Vidal (knee), Coman (ankle)
Coach: Jupp Heynckes
Frankfurt: Hradecky – Salcedo, Abraham (c), Falette – Da Costa, K.P. Boateng, Gacinovic, Chandler – Wolf, Jovic – Rebic
Absentees: Fernandes (suspended)
Coach: Niko Kovac