Borussia Dortmund vs SC Freiburg. Prediction and Preview. Probable Lineups, Team News, Stats, and more

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Can Freiburg pull themselves together after 2 consecutive losses and challenge Borussia Dortmund?

Borussia Dortmund will host SC Freiburg in the Bundesliga 21st round match at the Signal Iduna Park Stadium. The fixture will take place on Saturday, February 10 beginning at 01:00 IST.

Parimatch News will tell you everything you need to know ahead of the upcoming match.

Borussia Dortmund News & Current Form: 

After the winter break, Borussia played four matches in the German league, of which they won three with one draw in the last round against FC Heidenheim 1846. Before the start of the 21st round, the Bees are in fourth place with 37 points, which is one point more than fifth-placed RB Leipzig and 15 points less than leading Bayer 04 Leverkusen

Obviously, Borussia will no longer be able to compete for the title, and will concentrate on maintaining their place in the top-4, and on the UEFA Champions League matches. In the last six rounds in the championship, they have not suffered a single defeat. Dortmund drew with FC Augsburg (1:1), FSV Mainz 05 (1:1) and Heidenheim (0:0), they won against SV Darmstadt 98 (3:0), FC Cologne (4:0) and VfL Bochum 1848 (3:1).

It is noteworthy that in two out of three cases the Black and Yellows lost points away. In the winter transfer window they added several players to their squad, in particular Jadon Sancho, who failed to make his mark at Manchester United FC, the Englishman had a conflict with coach Erik ten Hag. Player returned to Borussia, but only on loan for now.

Ahead of the meeting with Heidenheim coach Edin Terzic said that Sancho was injured. He said that the player had a problem in the adductor area, in particular due to the long absence of game practice. However, for now, the loss can hardly be called painful.

Jadon Sancho returned to Borussia Dortmund after playing in Premier League for Manchester United

The club met the former leader rather coldly. The Bees have formed a new core squad, which did not take the return of the Englishman in the best way. It is indicative that the team’s top scorer Niclas FĂĽllkrug refused his request to realize a penalty in the game against Bochum.

It is likely that Sancho, Marco Reus and Gregor Kobel will be ready to return to the game by Friday. But there are still plenty of doubts about the rest of the players on the list of absentees from last round.

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SC Freiburg News & Current Form: 

Freiburg, on the other hand, are per usual at the upper end of the Bundesliga standings in 7th place, but are not in the fight to qualify for the Champions League. To compete with Borussia Dortmund and other teams, the club lacks resources.

Wards of Christian Streich, who just recently were in the European Cup zone, after two consecutive defeats with an identical result of 1:3 are forced to temper their ardor a little. After losing to SV Werder Bremen on the road and VfB Stuttgart on home soil, Freiburg dropped to seventh in the table and are once again forced to catch up with their rivals in the battle for the Euro zone.

Ritsu Doan has returned to his team after taking part in Asian Cup and will appear on the field on Saturda

The Black and Whites have won only eight of their 20 matches in the German league and have also drawn four times. They have scored only 26 goals in that period of time, while conceding 34. The performance would have been even worse if it wasn’t for the talented Noah Atubolu. In 20 meetings in the Bundesliga, the 21-year-old goalkeeper made 49 saves. Thanks to his efforts, Freiburg reached the UEFA Europa League play-offs. However, only from second place, as twice lost to West Ham United FC (1:2 and 0:2). 

Also, the team this season regularly has big problems in meetings with strong opponents, as well as away. They won only 3 out of 10 matches in the Bundesliga away and drew once.

In the match against Stuttgart, Streich and his team lost not only 3 points, but also their main midfielder Merlin Röhl, who was sent off. In addition to this player, Daniel-Kofi Kyereh, Philipp Lienhart and Kenneth Schmidt, who are injured, are also questionable for the match in Dortmund. On the other hand, Japanese midfielder Ritsu Doan has already returned from the AFC Asian Cup, where his team disappointed their fans, but allowed many fans of clubs with foreigners from the Land of the Rising Sun in the leading roles to breathe a sigh of relief. 

Borussia Dortmund form guide: D-D-W-W-W-D

SC Freiburg form guide: W-L-D-W-L-L

Borussia Dortmund vs SC Freiburg Head-To-Head Record:

Borussia DortmundDrawSC Freiburg
  • August 12, 2022: Freiburg 1 – 3 Borussia Dortmund (Bundesliga);
  • Febryary 4, 2023: Borussia Dortmund 5 – 1 Freiburg (Bundesliga);
  • September 16, 2023:  Freiburg 2 – 4 Borussia Dortmund (Bundesliga).

Borussia Dortmund vs SC Freiburg Predicted XI:

Borussia Dortmund’s possible starting lineup (4-2-3-1): Meyer; Wolf, Sule, Schlotterbeck, Maatsen; Sabitzer, Ozcan, Can; Malen, Fullkrug, Bynoe-Gittens.

SC Freiburg’s possible starting lineup (4-2-3-1): Atubolu; Kubler, Szalai, Gulde, Makengo; Eggestein, Hofler; Doan, Sallai, Grifo; Holer.

Statistical preview of the match Borussia Dortmund vs SC Freiburg:

  • Borrusia’s First XI average age is 27.2 years, Freiburg’s First XI average age is 28.4 years.
  • The total value of Borrusia’s squad is 464 mln euros, while the total of Freiburg comes up to 189  mln euros.
  • Harm Osmers has been appointed as the center referee. The referee has already served 18 games this season, showing an average of 4.3 Yellow Cards and also whistles 23 fouls per game. 
  • Borussia Dortmund have three wins in four official matches since coming back from holiday.
  • The Bees have rarely lost at home – only twice since last March. 
  • Freiburg, after two consecutive misfires, have lost confidence – six defeats in 10 previous away meetings.
  • In the last face-to-face match between these rivals, 14 corners were awarded. 
  • Six of Borussia Dortmund’s last ten matches have ended in draws.
  • Borussia D have won seven of their last ten games against Freiburg.

What has been said before the match:

Edin Terzic, who is in charge of Borussia Dortmund, is determined to get 3 points from the upcoming meeting:

“We were all very unhappy with the game and the result in Heidenheim. We can and must play much better football in order to achieve our goals. Apart from the game in Heidenheim, however, we’ve always seen a step forward and even then we kept a clean sheet. We’ve only conceded one goal in the four games and that was Nico Schlotterbeck’s own goal. We’re always capable of scoring goals. We want to show that tomorrow.”

“We know how unpleasant SC Freiburg are as an opponent. They stick to their guns and will do the same tomorrow. The games are often close. We’re determined to get the next three points in front of our fans in our stadium.” 

Gaffer of Freiburg Christian Streich ahead of Bundesliga fixture:

“We deserved at least a draw in the first leg. Dortmund were ice-cold. But the first leg was good, that gives us confidence. You can’t reinvent the wheel. It’s about how the eleven players on the pitch support each other and the speed we have. That I don’t switch off much, that I keep reorienting myself. We have to give the lads confidence. They really want it.”

“Be brave. Play your own game. Dortmund don’t always do everything right either. Of course, they have enormous quality, but there are always opportunities. We want to play constructively – and we can.”

“Doan is here. He’s here in Dortmund. We’re happy that he’s here. I fully expect that when he’s on the pitch tomorrow, we’ll see a sharp Ritsu.”

Borussia Dortmund vs SC Freiburg Prediction:

After a series of bright victories, Dortmund produced an unimpressive performance against a mid-table side. In the upcoming game, Borussia will host Freiburg, a contender for the Eurocups that struggles to get positive results on the road. Christian Streich’s men have suffered six defeats out of eight away games in the Bundesliga 2023/24. At Signal Iduna Park, the Brazilians of Breisgau have lost 14 of their last 15 head-to-head encounters against BVB in the German elite division. And, Edin Terzic’s men have won four of their previous meetings against Freiburg by at least two goals.

Freiburg are currently experiencing trouble in defense, having conceded 11 goals in their last five league games. Over the course of the 20 matches of the 23/24 campaign, they have conceded an average of 1.7 goals per 90 minutes (the worst defense among the 7 clubs competing for European competitions places). The club from the southwest of Germany counts 4 center-backs who are out of action because of the injuries, including key Philipp Lienhart and Matthias Ginter. Borussia, for their part, have scored at least two goals in 18 of their previous 23 Bundesliga games. And the Bumblebees’ defense provides a relatively good safety at the back, conceding just 0.7 goals per game in the distance of the season. 

It will be very difficult for the visitors to contain such a prolific attack, as well as to pierce goalie Gregor Kobel. We expect a triumph of the Black and Yellows and at least two goals scored in the match. 

Parimatch News staff prediction:

We say: Borussia Dortmund will win and the total of the match will be more than 1.5 – Yes.

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