Borussia Dortmund’s Bundesliga title bid continues when they host SC Freiburg at the Westfalenstadion on Saturday.
Lucien Favre’s men have recovered from their 4-3 loss to Bayer Leverkusen to win back-to-back league games without conceding a goal — with a 2-1 Champions League victory over PSG sandwiched between — leaving them just four points behind leaders Bayern Munich.
Freiburg, meanwhile, have won just one of their last five games but sit comfortably in ninth place with an outside shot of finishing in a Europa League spot.
Can Dortmund keep the pressure on those above them or will Freiburg take a shock step toward European football? Read on for our preview, predictions, team news and live stream information.
When is Dortmund vs Freiburg and where can I watch live?
Venue: Signal Iduna Park
Date: Saturday, 29 February 2020
Kick-off: 2:30 PM (UK time)
TV coverage (UK): N/A
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Last five meetings: Dortmund vs Freiburg
05 Oct 2019: Freiburg 2-2 Dortmund (Bundesliga)
21 Apr 2019: Freiburg 0-4 Dortmund (Bundesliga)
01 Dec 2018: Dortmund 2-0 Freiburg (Bundesliga)
27 Jan 2018: Dortmund 2-2 Freiburg (Bundesliga)
09 Sep 2017: Freiburg 0-0 Dortmund (Bundesliga)
Aggregate Score: Dortmund (DWWDD) 10-4 Freiburg (DLLDD)
Ones to watch
Borussia Dortmund: Mats Hummels
The likes of Erling Braut Haaland and Jadon Sancho are freescoring and tearing teams apart up front but it’s at the other end of the pitch where Dortmund have been crippled this season.
Favre’s side have, somehow, kept a league-high nine clean sheets in the Bundesliga this season but have still managed to concede 32 goals — no side in the top seven has allowed more.
Mats Hummels is going to play a huge role in keeping things locked up at the back between now and the end of the season.
Key stat: Hummels has won 69 aerial duels in the Bundesliga this season, at least 41 more than any other Dortmund player.
SC Freiburg: Nils Petersen
Freiburg have won just one of their last five games, coinciding with a barren run for top goalscorer, Nils Petersen.
The 31-year-old hasn’t found the net since mid-January but if Freiburg are to get their European challenge back on track, they’ll need Petersen back firing on all cylinders.
Key stat: Petersen is without a goal in his last five Bundesliga appearances.
Marco Reus is finally close to returning to action having sat out most of February with a muscle injury but this match likely comes a little too soon for the Germany international.
Midfielder Thomas Delaney is sidelined with a knee problem.
Predicted XI: Burki; Piszczek, Hummels, Zagadou; Hakimi, Witsel, Can, Guerreiro; Hazard, Haaland, Sancho.
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Right-back Lukas Kubler has been out since October after undergoing knee surgery and remains sidelined, Amir Abrashi is also out with torn muscle fibre.
Predicted XI: Schwolow; Schmid, Gulde, Koch, Gunter; Hofler, Haberer; Kwon, Holer, Grifo; Waldschmidt.
Dortmund are on fire right now and have thrown themselves right into the thick of this five-way Bundesliga title race.
Thanks to the efforts of Haaland and Sancho, Favre’s side are scoring for fun and coming up against a Freiburg side struggling for consistency, a comfortable home win feels like the only probable outcome.