SC Sand - VfL Wolfsburg - Preview: Who will clinch the DFB Pokal der Frauen?

Can the underdogs dethrone the holders?

SC Sand - VfL Wolfsburg - Preview: Who will clinch the DFB Pokal der Frauen?
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SC Sand and VfL Wolfsburg clash on Saturday afternoon in the DFB Pokal der Frauen final, with the favourites obvious but the outcome far from it.

Both have beaten each other this season, but with them level on one apiece, who can tip the scales in the their favour and see silverware fall into their hands at the same time?

Not the form of finalists

Sand crash into this fixture on an almighty slump, having lost all of their last five games.

That slender 1-0 win over Wolfsburg at the back end of last year is but a distant memory now, with them finishing an incredibly disappointing ninth in a table of 12 teams in the end.

The Wolves, meanwhile, clinched second spot on the final day after a big 5-2 win over 1. FC Köln, but haven't been brilliant in recent weeks.

That was just their second win in their last four - with a surprise 4-0 loss to 1. FFC Turbine Potsdam following an albeit meaningless 1-0 defeat to 1. FFC Frankfurt in Europe.

As they say, form goes out of the window when it comes to the cup though, and both teams will be hoping for exactly that after their recently poor showings and results.

Goals, goals, goals

Nothing stressed the latter point more than Sand's progression to the final hurdle, with them defeating Germany's dominant force Bayern Munich in the last four.

Anne van Bonn's 84th minute winner helped complete an unlikely turnaround against the eventual champions, with Vivanne Miedema's opener rendered meaningless come full time.

Sand's strength in this competition this year has been scoring goals too, with them beating USV Jena 4-1 in the quarters, Herforder SV 4-3 in the last 16 and Alemannia Aachen 9-0 in the round of 32.

However, they haven't kept a clean sheet, and Wolfsburg will punish them more than most when it comes to defensive errors.

The Wolves haven't found goals as easy to come by, with their 19-0 hammering of Billerbeck in their opening round an exception. They scraped past SGS Essen and SC Freiburg with 2-1 wins, though their 3-0 victory over Potsdam in the last eight was a more characteristic display.

This shouldn't be a drab affair tomorrow then, with opportunities sure to come at both ends given the attacking talent on show.

(Photo: Bildquelle / Ralph Braun)
This fixture is always an exciting battle and tomorrow's meeting promises to be no different. (Photo: Bildquelle / Ralph Braun)

Debutants - holders

All the pressure will be on Wolfsburg at the RheinEnergieStadion, with them the current champions in the competition - as well as winners in 2013.

Victory against Sand would see them claim their third title in four years, and that is what is expected to happen given the inexperience of their opponents.

Sand are making their debut in the final of this competition, having made great strides as a club in recent years.

Promotions in 2012 and 2014 saw them climb to the top of the German women's football pyramid, and last year they maintained their position at its peak with a 10th placed finish - avoiding relegation by two points.

This year, they began to solidify their place in the top tier, though their end of season form has put a stain on an otherwise immaculate season.

The club's first major honour would go some way in capping that off, but it won't be easy against a Wolfsburg side who have an incredible winning mentality, such is their quality and such has been their success in recent years.