Borussia Dortmund-SC Freiburg Preview: Jurgen Klopp’s side look to secure second spot in Bundesliga
Still stinging from the derby loss to Schalke, die Schwarzgelben will hope to heap even more misery on struggling Freiburg
By Jerrad Peters
Piszczek, Subotic, Santana, Schmelzer
Blaszczykowski, Gotze, Reus
Mujdza, Ginter, Fallou, Sorg
Schmid, Schuster, Flum, Galigiuri
They may be through to the quarter-final stage of the Champions League, but Borussia Dortmund have effectively been dethroned as German champions and are now in a two-way battle for second place with Bayer Leverkusen, who host leaders Bayern Munich in one of Saturday’s late kick-offs.
Although Dortmund have not lost to Freiburg since 2010, their chances of a sixth straight victory over the Bundesliga’s eighth-place side will be hampered by the absence of defender Mats Hummels, who was withdrawn at the break during last weekend’s derby loss to Schalke with an ankle injury. He will be replaced by the Brazilian Felipe Santana, who has started just 13 matches in all competitions this season.
Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp is also likely to be without captain - and former Freiburg player - Sebastian Kehl, as the central midfielder battles niggling injuries.
Freiburg, who are winless in their past three Bundesliga matches but through to the semi-finals of the DFB Pokal, will be without central midfielder Cedric Makiadi due to a knee injury as well as striker Sebastian Freis, who continues to recover following shoulder surgery.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Borussia Dortmund won the Bundesliga by eight points last season and seven points in 2011-12. They are currently 20 points adrift of current leaders Bayern Munich.
- Dortmund captain Sebastian Kehl played parts of two seasons for Freiburg more than 10 years ago, contributing eight goals.
- Dortmund have won just two of their last five Bundesliga matches and have kept only one clean sheet in their last six outings.
- Freiburg are on course for their best finish in the Bundesliga since 2000-01, when they came fourth. They have since been relegated twice and earned their most recent promotion in 2008-09.
- Hamburg are the only top-10 side to have managed fewer than Freiburg’s 32 goals from 25 matches so far this season.
- Freiburg’s Under-19 side has won four of the last seven titles in that age category, including the previous two.
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Top 3 Predictions
Borussia Dortmund 1-1 SC Freiburg
- 34.5 %
Borussia Dortmund 3-1 SC Freiburg
- 13.04 %
Borussia Dortmund 2-0 SC Freiburg
- 8.62 %
|1. Bundesliga (GER1)||Sep 28, 2013||Borussia Dortmund 5 - SC Freiburg 0|
|1. Bundesliga (GER1)||Mar 16, 2013||Borussia Dortmund 5 - SC Freiburg 1|
|1. Bundesliga (GER1)||Oct 27, 2012||SC Freiburg 0 - Borussia Dortmund 2|
|1. Bundesliga (GER1)||May 5, 2012||Borussia Dortmund 4 - SC Freiburg 0|
|1. Bundesliga (GER1)||Dec 17, 2011||SC Freiburg 1 - Borussia Dortmund 4|
|Dec 11, 2013||Olympique de Marseille 1 - Borussia Dortmund 2||UCL|
|Dec 7, 2013||Borussia Dortmund 0 - Bayer 04 Leverkusen 1||GER1|
|Dec 3, 2013||1. FC Saarbrücken 0 - Borussia Dortmund 2||GERC|
|Nov 30, 2013||Mainz 1 - Borussia Dortmund 3||GER1|
|Nov 26, 2013||Borussia Dortmund 3 - SSC Napoli 1||UCL|
|6||Vegar Eggen Hedenstad||Defender|
His 10 goals are second on the team to Robert Lewandowski’s 17, but his eight assists pace the side. He is also looking to break a scoring drought of five matches, so Freiburg right-back Mensur Mujdza will likely have his hands full over the 90 minutes at the Westfalenstadion.
The 24-year-old Werder Bremen product leads Freiburg with seven goals and six assists but has cooled off after opening the season with three goals in his first four matches. His goal in a losing effort to Wolfsburg last Saturday was his first in nearly a month.
Not surprisingly, Dortmund took their loss to Schalke extremely hard and will be looking to bounce back with a convincing win against Freiburg. And with Bayer Leverkusen occupied with Bayern Munich later in the day, the hosts will fancy their chances of padding a lead on the third-place side that is currently just a single point.