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Saturday's European Football: Germany DFB Pokal Final and Ligue 1 preview

There will be a new name engraved on the DFB-Pokal trophy come Saturday evening, with Freiburg and RB Leipzig hoping to add themselves to the roll of honour.

It's also the final round of fixtures in the 2021-22 Ligue 1 season on Saturday and, although the title has been wrapped up, there's plenty to play for in terms of European places and in the relegation battle.

As always punters can explore plenty of markets on the sportsbook, while all the action will be available as part of our European Soccer Live Streaming Highlights.

Maiden win on the cards

The 79th edition of the DFB-Pokal has thrown up plenty of surprises this season, including Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich exiting in the second round courtesy of a 5-0 loss at Borussia Monchengladbach.

Meanwhile, Borussia Dortmund, who won the competition last season, lost to second tier side FC St. Pauli in the last-16, going down 2-1 in January.

Saturday's final, which takes place at Berlin's Olympiastadion, therefore, has a very unfamiliar feel about it with Freiburg and RB Leipzig set to square off.

Leipzig, priced at 1/2 to win the competition, have appeared in the final twice previously and lost out to Dortmund at this stage last term.

However, Freiburg, available at 6/4 to lift the trophy, are making their first-ever final appearance in the German Cup competition.

Just three points and two places separated the two clubs during the regular Bundesliga campaign, with Freiburg finishing sixth and Leipzig securing fourth.

Leipzig can be backed at 1/1 to seal victory in 90 minutes, while the draw is available at 5/2 and a stalemate offers interest when taking into account their two Bundesliga meetings this term both finished 1-1.

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Ligue 1 relegation fight goes down to the wire

Just three points separate rock-bottom Bordeaux and 18th-placed Metz, but goal difference makes it almost impossible for the former to climb up to the relegation play-off spot.

With that in mind, Bordueaux's trip to Brest, which gets under way at 20:00, is a dead-rubber and relegation to Ligue 2 is all-but confirmed.

However, 19th-placed Saint-Etienne and Metz are level on points and are involved in a two-way tussle to finish in the relegation play-off place.

Neither side can catch Lorient in 17th, so the best-case scenario is finishing 18th and setting up a play-off with either Auxerre or Sochaux to retain their spot in the top-flight for next term.

Metz hold the advantage going into the final day, having won each of their last two games to extend their unbeaten streak to three, and their goal difference, which is better by six, has them clear of Les Verts.

But adding further points to their tally is a big ask as they travel to the Parc des Princes to face champions Paris Saint-Germain, with Metz 11/1 to pick up a first win over PSG since 2006, while the draw can be backed at 8/1.

Saint-Etienne are also on the road, but may feel slightly more optimistic about their chances of prevailing when they head to Nantes. However, Les Verts are riding a four-match losing streak and haven't won in five, while they've only picked up three away victories all season.

Nantes sit ninth and don't have anything to play for, so there could be value in backing the visitors to win at 13/8.

Ligue 1 race for European places

PositionTeamPlayedPoints
1PSG3783
2Monaco3768
3Marseille3768
4Rennes3765
5Strasbourg3763
6Nice3763
7Lens3761

European places up for grabs

At the other end of the table, Monaco, Marseille and Rennes are fighting for a route into next season's Champions League, while Strasbourg, Nice and Lens also have their fights set on European berths.

Monaco sit second, level on points with Marseille in third and just three clear of Rennes in fourth heading into the final round.

Les Rouge et Noir have a far superior goal difference to both of the sides directly ahead of them in the standings and, if Monaco and Marseille lose to Lens and Strasbourg respectively, 4/5 Rennes could climb up to second if they overcome Lille.

Just below the race for a Champions League berth, Strasbourg and Nice will be hoping Rennes slip up, as they look to force their way into fourth and subsequently the group stage of the Europa League.

Meanwhile, Lens start Saturday's final round in seventh but just three points behind fifth-placed Strasbourg and in contention to find a route into the Europa Conference League.

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