Freiburg will welcome league leaders Bayern Munich to the Schwarz Wald Stadium this weekend in the German Bundesliga.
Freiburg, in their last league match, were held to a 1-1 draw away from home by Hoffenheim. Andrej Kramaric’s 57th-minute goal for Hoffenheim was canceled out by a Nils Petersen penalty for the away side in the 66th minute which meant that both the teams had to settle for just the single point.
The German giants, Bayern Munich, were surprisingly held to a goalless draw in their last match in the Bundesliga. The Bavarians hosted Hertha Berlin at the Allianz Arena and were made to share the spoils against Pal Dardai’s men.
Bayern are at the top of the league table. They have a 19-point lead over their rivals Borussia Dortmund who are in second place. Bayern have a total of 60 points so far in the competition. Freiburg are 13th in the Bundesliga table and have managed to collect 29 points so far in the season. Werder Bremen at 14th are three points behind Freiburg, and the team just above them are VfB Stuttgart. Stuttgart are a point ahead of Freiburg after 24 matches.
Head to Head
The two teams have faced off against each other 36 times before this match. Freiburg have been victorious just four times in these meetings while Bayern Munich have won 26 times. There have been six matches drawn when the two sides have met each other in the past.
The last time these two sides met was earlier in the season at the Allianz Arena in Munich. Bayern were rampant in a thumping 5-0 victory. Robert Lewandowski, Kingsley Coman, Thiago Alcantara and Joshua Kimmich each scored a goal after the scoring was opened by an own goal from Freiburg’s Julian Schuster.
Centre forward Florian Niederlechner is the only injury that the manager will have to contend with as far as this match is concerned. The 27-year-old German has a fractured kneecap and is unlikely he will feature again this season. Defender Caglar Soyuncu and midfielder Nicolas Hofler have four yellow cards so far in this season and will miss the next clash if they see one in this match.
Goalkeeper Manuel Neuer is still out with a metatarsal fracture and is not expected to make a return before the end of April. Kingsley Coman has a syndesmotic ligament tear, and the young winger is unavailable for selection for this fixture.
Midfielder Niklas Dorsch is also suspended as he has picked up a few bookings along the way. Rafinha, Sandro Wagner, and striker Thomas Muller are all at risk of missing out on the next match if they get their name in referee book in this match as each of them have four yellows to their names.
Freiburg vs Bayern Munich Lineup ( Predicted XI )
Freiburg Lineup ( 4-3-3 )
Goalkeeper: Schwolow (GK)
Defenders: Gunter (LB) Soyuncu (LCB) Gulde (RCB) Stenzel (RB)
Midfielders: Koch (LM) Terrazzino (CM) Abrashi (RM)
Attackers: Haberer (LW) Petersen (ST) Holer (RW)
Bayern Munich Lineup ( 4-4-2 )
Goalkeeper: Ulreich (GK)
Defenders: Alaba (LB) Hummels (LCB) Sule (RCB) Rafinha (RB)
Midfielders: Ribery (LM) Thiago (LCM) Martinez (RCM) Robben (RM)
Attackers: Muller (CF) Lewandowski (ST)
Freiburg vs Bayern Munich Prediction
Bayern Munich have to be named the favorites for this match. The leaders in the Bundesliga table are not used to in dropping points.
With the advance of German giants to the next round of the Champions League all but confirmed, the home side will be focusing entirely on the task at hand. Freiburg will need to produce some beautiful football if they harbor any hopes of getting something out of this match.
So, We predict a 3-0 win for Bayern Munich.