Borussia Dortmund travel to Freiburg in the Bundesliga on Saturday hoping to keep their top-four hopes alive (2:30pm kick-off, UK time).
Last season’s runners-up have endured a tough season so far, struggling for consistency, and currently sit sixth in the table.
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Where to watch Freiburg vs Dortmund on TV:
- UK: BT Sport 2
- US: ESPN+
Scoreline prediction: Freiburg 2-1 Dortmund
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Freiburg vs Dortmund build-up, previous line-ups & injury news:
A nine-game winless run at the start of the season looked to have Freiburg in danger of relegation, but the Breisgau Brazilians are sitting comfortably in ninth thanks to five consecutive wins across the end of December and beginning of January. However, they have fallen into a bit of a slump again, winning just one of their past four league games.
Sure, both of their defeats in that spell came against teams in the top four (Bayern Munich and Wolfsburg), but it’s form that Christian Streich will want to turn around. And they have a good chance of doing so, unbeaten in their past six home games in what is planned to be their final year at the Schwarzwald-Stadion.
Although Freiburg have struggled against the bigger teams in recent weeks, they welcome a Dortmund side who haven’t looked like one of Germany’s top clubs (even though they are). When Lucien Favre was sacked last year, there were hopes and expectations of a change in form, but they haven’t come.
Still led by Edin Terzic on an interim basis, Dortmund have dropped down to sixth in the Bundesliga, albeit only a point behind fourth-placed Eintracht Frankfurt. But, like Freiburg, they have won just one of their past four league games, finally ending a winless run against Augsburg last weekend. Dortmund also got through to the DFB-Pokal quarter-finals, but their performance in a 3-2 win over second-tier Paderborn may not inspire optimism, as they required extra-time.
- Freiburg (vs Wolfsburg): Muller; Schmid, Gulde, Schlotterbeck, Lienhart, Gunter; Jeong, Hofler, Santamaria, Grifo; Demirovic.
- Dortmund (vs Paderborn): Hitz; Can, Akanji, Piszczek; Bauza, Delaney, Bellingham, Schulz; Brandt, Sancho; Haaland.
Dortmund are still without Roman Burki, Thorgan Hazard, Marcel Schmelzer, Axel Witsel and Dan-Axel Zagadou while Thomas Meunier is a doubt. Mark Flekken, Kwon Chang-hoon and Roland Sallai are absent for the hosts.
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Players to watch:
- Freiburg: Vincenzo Grifo has once again been the main man for Freiburg this season and is their best hope for a big result this weekend. The Italian has been directly involved in more goals than any other Freiburg player in 2020/21, scoring seven goals and recording a further four assists. Only Ermedin Demirovic has recorded more assists than Grifo at Freiburg this season, but he is out on top for goals, level on seven with Nils Petersen. However, Grifo is on a bit of a barren run in front of goal, failing to score or record an assist in his past five Bundesliga matches, ending a streak of six consecutive games in which he had been involved. Time for him to get back involved?
- Dortmund: Although the results haven’t been the best, Jadon Sancho has truly made 2021 his own, recovering from a poor first half of the campaign. The Englishman recorded three assists in his opening 11 Bundesliga games this season, failing to score a single goal, as reports and conversations turned to the possible reasons behind his poor form. However, in seven matches since the turn of the new year, Sancho has already blown that return out of the water with three goals and four assists. Only Robert Lewandowski (nine) has been directly involved in more Bundesliga goals than Sancho in 2021, and the Dortmund star will be hoping he can inspire his side to more wins.
Bundesliga 2020/21 recent form:
- Freiburg: LWDLW
- Dortmund: WLLDW
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