SC Freiburg will be targeting their first win over Bundesliga leaders FC Bayern München since 2015 when the two sides clash at the Schwarzwald-Stadion on Sunday evening.
Date: 4 March 2018
Match Day 25
Kick-off: 19H00 (GMT+2)
Referee: F. Willenborg
Assistants: A. Aarnink, G. Kleve
Fourth official: M. Sinn
TEAM MATCHES WIN DRAW LOSS
Freiburg 36 4 6 26
Bayern 36 26 6 4
Bayern 5-0 Bayern 14/10/17 (Bundesliga)
Bayern goalscorers: J. Schuster (OG 8′), K. Coman (42′), T. Alcantara (63′), R. Lewandowski (75′), J. Kimmich (90’+3)
Players to watch:
Freiburg’s goals have mostly come through striker Nils Petersen. The 29-year-old German has scored 16 times in 27 games across all competitions, while left-back Christian Gunter leads the assist charts with six in 29.
Die Roten’s main goal threat is their veteran striker Robert Lewandowski, who has continued his sensational form with 29 goals in 34 games. Meanwhile, Thomas Muller has rediscovered his form under manager Jupp Heynckes, scoring nine goals and assisting on nine others this campaign.
Team form and manager quotes:
The hosts have lost their last three encounters with Bayern Munich, winning 2-1 in the 2014/15 season. Their most recent meetings resulted in 4-1 and 5-0 victories for Die Roten at the Allianz Arena.
Freiburg has, however, found form in the Bundesliga over the last few weeks. Manager Christian Streich’s charges beat Werder Bremen 1-0 at home before a 1-1 draw on the road at TSG Hoffenheim.
“It will be a very easy game,” Streicher told Kicker, with a laugh to correct his joke. “No, there is, of course, a very big challenge waiting for us.
“[However] We have shown in recent years; at home against Bayern we can sometimes provide a surprise.”
Meanwhile, Bayern is aiming to get back to winning ways after the goalless draw with Hertha BSC in their last league clash. The draw ended the Bundesliga champions’ 10-game winning streak.
Heynckes’ men have opened up a 19-point lead over second-placed Dortmund. They only need four wins from their remaining 10 Bundesliga fixtures to mathematically secure their sixth consecutive title.
The Bavarians’ told the press ahead of the game when asked about Freiburg: “Not only have they been very successful in recent weeks, but they also have a good record against Bayern.
“They are strong and aggressive and I have every respect for coach Christian Streich because he has been working in Freiburg for 23 years, and every year he has a new team that can compete, which is outstanding.”
Freiburg has only one absentee in striker Florian Niederlechner, while Bayern is missing Kingsley Coman and Manuel Neuer.