Freiburg - Bayern Munich Preview: Bavarian giants desperate for victory to keep pace with leaders Borussia Dortmund
Goal.com looks forward to the action in store as the Bundesliga's lowest-ranked side play host to the German record champions at the Mage Solar Stadion
By Clark Whitney
Sorg, Diagne, Hohn, Lumb
Schmid, Rosenthal, Caligiuri
Rafinha, Boateng, Badstuber, Lahm
Luiz Gustavo, Alaba
Muller, Kroos, Ribery
Due to several squad changes, a very different Freiburg line-up will feature compared to that which faced Bayern in the first round.
Christian Streich is expected to drop a striker and use a 4-2-3-1 formation, with previous starter Ivan Santini giving way for Jan Rosenthal. Otherwise, the trainer is expected to use the same line-up that featured in a 3-2 loss away to Wolfsburg last week-end.
Jupp Heynckes is expected to stick with the same starting line-up that earned a 2-0 win against Kaiserslautern last week, meaning that Arjen Robben will likely be benched.
David Alaba will deputise for still-injured Bastian Schweinsteiger in defensive midfield, while Jerome Boateng will continue to stand-in for Daniel van Buyten at centre-back. Diego Contento returned to training this week, but is not expected to be fully fit to play.
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- Freiburg are without victory against Bayern Munich since 1996, when a three-game win streak over the Bavarians ended.
- The Breisgau are experiencing their third-worst Bundesliga season ever, in terms of points.
- Twelve SCF players have been on target this season: on ly Schalke (13) and Dortmund (14) have more.
- Bayern Munich will try to earn consecutive wins for the first time since the winter break.
- No Bundesliga team has received as many goals from substitutes as the Bavarians, who have tallied eight strikes from replacements.
- Should he feature as expected, Manuel Neuer will earn his 100th Bundesliga appearance.
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Top 3 Predictions
SC Freiburg 0-3 FC Bayern München
- 30.6 %
SC Freiburg 0-4 FC Bayern München
- 18.66 %
SC Freiburg 0-2 FC Bayern München
- 11.57 %
|1. Bundesliga (GER1)||Feb 15, 2014||FC Bayern München 4 - SC Freiburg 0|
|1. Bundesliga (GER1)||Aug 27, 2013||SC Freiburg 1 - FC Bayern München 1|
|1. Bundesliga (GER1)||Apr 27, 2013||FC Bayern München 1 - SC Freiburg 0|
|1. Bundesliga (GER1)||Nov 28, 2012||SC Freiburg 0 - FC Bayern München 2|
|1. Bundesliga (GER1)||Feb 18, 2012||SC Freiburg 0 - FC Bayern München 0|
|Mar 9, 2014||SC Freiburg 0 - Borussia Dortmund 1||GER1|
|Feb 28, 2014||Hertha BSC 0 - SC Freiburg 0||GER1|
|Feb 22, 2014||SC Freiburg 2 - FC Augsburg 4||GER1|
|Feb 15, 2014||FC Bayern München 4 - SC Freiburg 0||GER1|
|Feb 8, 2014||SC Freiburg 1 - Hoffenheim 1||GER1|
A Germany U21 international, the shot stopper is one of his country's best prospects between the posts. Freiburg start the match with a point, and the onus will be on Baumann to preserve it.
The versatile attacker has been out of sorts for most of the season, but ended a months-long goal drought last week-end as he headed home. Perhaps finding the target will renew his confidence.
Freiburg are hopeless in the relegation battle, and will likely finish last. If their team was not good enough before the winter break, it certainly is not after, with unproven reinforcements having been signed to replace the likes of Papiss Cisse. Following a difficult spell, Bayern have found their tactical strengths, and should have no trouble.
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