Freiburg returned from the trip to the Red Bull Arena with a morale-boosting point, and are the bookmakers favourites when they welcome relegation candidates Werder Bremen on Saturday.
Date: Saturday 23rd, May
Freiburg earned themselves a commendable draw with high-flying Leipzig on the resumption of football last weekend, with the likes of Manuel Gulde and Vincenzo Grifo impressing for Christian Streich’s side.
Gulde had put his team ahead after just 34 minutes, and the scoreline remained that way up until Youssef Poulsen headed home a great one from an inswinging cross deep into the second period.
Thus, they stay within touching distance of Europa League qualification, and will undoubtedly want to ram home their advantage when facing troubled Bremen.
Visiting Werder Bremen continue to underwhelm following their 4-1 thrashing at the hands of Bayer Leverkusen last time, and are now winless in 11 of their last 12 league games, losing a whooping ten games!
With as many as five points separating them from safety, will Die Werderaner throw caution to the winds, and go hell for leather in Schwarzwald-Stadion or will it be another all too familiar scenario for them?
Aside Lukas Kübler, Streich have a clean bill of health to choose from for this game.
Luca Waldschmidt and Lucas Höler will push for starts here.
For Bremen, Davy Klaassen returns from suspension, and could go straight back into the starting XI for this one.
First-choice left-back Ludwig Augustinsson looks to have shaken off a muscular injury and could be available for selection.
Head to Head:
Werder Bremen have the upper hand with 23 wins in their last 41 previous meetings, with Freiburg managing 10. Eight clashes have ended as draws.
Freiburg have already picked up more points after 26 matches (37) than they managed across each of the previous two seasons (36).
Werder have shipped 14 headed goals, including three in the defeat to Bayer Leverkusen. Only once have they conceded more in a league season; 15 in the 2004/05 campaign.
Eleven of Freiburg’s last 15 goals have come via set-plays. Coincidentally, Bremen have conceded a league-high 18 times from set-pieces.
Freiburg last five games in all competitions:
Werder Bremen last five matches in all competitions:
With Freiburg battling Wolfsburg for the last available Europa League qualification slot, one would expect them to come out firing on all cylinders against Werder Bremen who have taken just one point from a possible 24 in the division. At odds of 23/20, this should be one the hosts do not pass up, and thus should rake in some fortunes for an outright win for punters.
And then, when one consider that Bremen’s tally of 59 conceded goals is the highest in the division, this one have a likelihood of producing goals surely. With the plethora of tidy attackers the hosts boast, spectators could be in for a goal treat at Schwarzwald-Stadion on Saturday, so we will be chalking up over 3.5 match goals for 9/5 as our second pick of this game.