Borussia Dortmund XI: Hitz; Akanji, Hummels, Can; Meunier, Witsel, Bellingham, Guerreiro; Reus, Reyna; Haaland.
Freiburg XI: Muller; Schmid, Heintz, Lienhart, Gulde, Gunter; Sallai, Hofler, Santamaria; Holer, Petersen.
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- UK: BT Sport 3
- US: ESPN+
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Borussia Dortmund vs Freiburg build-up, pre-match team news & previous lineups:
Lucien Favre’s side put in a valiant performance against Bayern Munich in midweek, but the Bavarians ultimately clinched victory in the first Der Klassiker of the season, with a late Corentin Tolisso goal separating the sides.
The 3-2 defeat at the Allianz Arena followed a disappointing 2-0 loss to Augsburg last Saturday, so Favre will want to avoid a third straight winless game, with BVB sitting in 11th going into the game.
Their opponents, Freiburg, are unbeaten in two games so far occupying sixth, winning against Stuttgart and drawing with Wolfsburg, but they do have a wretched record against BVB.
Dortmund are, in fact, unbeaten in their last 18 Bundesliga games against Freiburg (15 wins, three draws), which goes back a decade. But, can the hosts maintain that run? Or will Freiburg inflict further misery on Dortmund?
- Borussia Dortmund (vs Bayern Munich): Hitz; Can, Akanji, Hummels; Meunier, Delaney, Dahoud, Passlack; Brandt, Reus; Haaland.
- Freiburg (vs Wolfsburg): Muller; Schmid, Lienhart, Heintz, Gunter; Hofler, Santamaria; Sallai, Grifo; Holer, Petersen.
Jadon Sancho and Roman Burki were absent for the Bayern match with respiratory infections, and it is not yet clear when the pair will return. But Favre will be hoping his No. 1 ‘keeper and star forward will be available this weekend.
Thorgan Hazard is a confirmed absentee after he sustained an injury in the opening game of the season, while Marcel Schmelzer and Dan-Axel Zagadou remain out of action.
Players to watch:
- Borussia Dortmund: An injury prevented Julian Brandt from starting either Bundesliga game for Dortmund this season, but he was restored to the XI against Bayern in midweek and got his name on the scoresheet. BVB uncharacteristically failed to score last week, and they could use an injection of final-third creativity, which Brandt certainly brings to the table. With uncertainty as to whether Sancho makes the matchday squad, Brandt could be the main source of inspiration this weekend.
- Freiburg: It was a strong debut performance against Wolfsburg for record signing Baptiste Santamaria, who joined the Breisgau Brazilians in the summer from French club Angers. The 25-year-old held his own in the middle of the pitch against the Wolves‘ well-drilled midfield, registering a game-high four shots, and covering the most ground of any player (12.3km). That dynamism and athleticism will be key in the midfield battle at the Westfalenstadion. Dortmund boast the likes of Axel Witsel and Thomas Delaney, two battle-hardened players, so the inclusion of Santamaria will ensure that Freiburg are up to the challenge.