Borussia Dortmund vs Freiburg
Signal Iduna Park forms the backdrop for a mouth-watering top-four Bundesliga six-pointer between Borussia Dortmund and Freiburg.
Borussia Dortmund headed into the World Cup break on a woeful run of back-to-back defeats in the Bundesliga. Manager Edin Terzic has seemingly rebooted his side during the pause, with ‘Die Borussen’ winning all three league matches since the 2023 resumption to close the gap on table-topping Bayern Munich to only three points. Dortmund’s bid to start a new calendar year with four consecutive top-flight victories looks reasonable, given that they’ve only lost one of their 22 Bundesliga home encounters against Freiburg (W18, D3), going down 2-0 in October. On top of their imperious run of 13 wins in their last 14 top-flight H2Hs at home (D1), the hosts come into proceedings riding on a six-game unbeaten home league streak (W5, D1), which promises another successful weekend.
In the meantime, visiting Freiburg have gone unbeaten in consecutive Bundesliga fixtures (W1, D1), including a 3-1 beating of Augsburg at home last time out, following a humiliating 6-0 defeat at Wolfsburg in their 2023 top-flight opener. Level on points with Dortmund at the start of this round, the visitors are gunning for three points that would fire them straight back into the top four. However, Christian Streich’s men have stuttered on the road lately, suffering three losses in their last four away league matches (W1), each time succumbing to a multi-goal margin. Indeed, Freiburg’s underperforming defense has conceded 18 of their 25 Bundesliga goals awaay from home this season, suggesting Dortmund’s free-flowing attack may have a field day.