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Freiburg unbeaten in six

SC Freiburg is currently on the longest unbeaten run in the Bundesliga | Freiburg have only conceded six goals at home this season | Freiburg’s youngsters have a huge role to play | Team news: six players out due to illness

First away game of 2018! On Saturday the Roten Bullen play against SC Freiburg in the Schwarzwald-Stadion at 15:30 CET. First away game of 2018! On Saturday the Roten Bullen play against SC Freiburg in the Schwarzwald-Stadion at 15:30 CET. 

After our 3-1 home victory against Schalke last weekend, the boys are looking to continue their good start to the second half of the season and will look to replicate the 4-1 victory when Freiburg came to the Red Bull Arena earlier in the season. 

 Season overview:

SC Freiburg have had a mixed season so far in the Bundesliga. At the moment Christian Streich and his team find themselves in 14th place with 20 points, with four wins, eight draws and six defeats.

They got off to a slow start, winning their first game of the season on matchday 7. With the second victory coming 6 games later.

Home form:
  • 3 wins
  • 5 draws,
  • 1 defeat
  • Goals: 8 for, 2 against

Christian Streich’s team have shown impressive home form, being undefeated in the Schwarzwald-Stadion since November 2017.

In recent home games, they have managed to beat Borussia Mönchengladbach (1-0), draw against Hamburg SV and beat FSV Mainz 05 (2-1). At home they have only conceded 6 goals, the only teams that have conceded less are VfB Stuttgart (5), and runaway leaders Bayern Munich (4).

The last 3 matches:
  • Matchday 16: SC Freiburg 1 – 0 Borussia Mönchengladbach
  • Matchday 17: Augsburg 3 – 3 SC Freiburg
  • Matchday 18: Eintracht Frankfurt 1 – 1 SC Freiburg
Winter transfers

Incoming:

  • A new name on the team sheets is Lucas Höler. The centre forward came from second division team SV Sandhausen at the end of the year.
  • Another new player for the second half of the season is Mohamed Dräger. The player came from the fourth tier, where he played with SC Freiburg. There, the right-back has scored 8 goals in 15 games. He trained with the first squad during the summer pre-season, and according to sporting director Klemens Hartenback, the 21-year-old has deserved his call up.

Departures:

  • Englishman Ryan Kent was brought in on loan last summer until the end of the season. However, the 21-year-old now returns early to his parent club Liverpool U23 squad. He did not get the game time he was hoping for in Freiburg and he will now play with Championship side Bristol City. His current contract with Liverpool lasts until June 2019.

Freiburg’s youngsters

SCF coach Christian Streich is known for giving his young players a chance. But recently he has reaped the rewards of this strategy as his youngsters have thrived with the responsibility he has given them. These young players include defenders Pascal Stenzel (21), Caglar Söyüncü (21), Christian Günter (24), Philipp Lienhart (21) and Robin Koch (21), who between them have played 65 league fixtures.

Streich also promotes young talent further up the pitch. Bartosz Kaputska (21, attacking midfielder), Florian Kath (23, left wing), Janik Haberer (23, attacking midfielder) and Mohamed Dräger (21, right winger) have all had a good amount of game time this year.

Mohamed Dräger was promoted from the Freiburg academy and played his debut in the 1-1 draw against Eintracht Frankfurt. 

 Dependable Nils Petersen

SCF forward Nils Petersen is an integral part of this Freiburg attack. The 29-year-old has proved his reliability in front of goal time and time again, scoring important goals for this Freiburg side.

After suffering a couple of niggles at the start of the season, coach Streich has increasingly relied on the game-changing qualities of the striker. After Florian Niederlechner injured his knee, the coach has started Petersen up top and his confidence in him has been reward. Petersen is currently Freiburg’s leading scorer with eight goals.

Between the 13th and 17th game day, Freiburg’s captain scored seven times; a brace against Augsburg and a hatrick against Cologne.

 Previous matches:

The Roten Bullen have met SC Freiburg three times in the top-flight, and on each of the three occasions our boys were able to secure the three points. Each time RB Leipzig were able to get on the scoresheet four times.

2016/17:

24,000 spectators came to watch the match in the Schwarzwald-Stadion. After just two minutes Naby Keita got himself on the scoresheet. Niederlechner gave Freiburg the equalizer, only for Tim Werner to score two in quick succession, taking the lead again. The victory was then secured by Sabitzer in the 79th minute.

The second game of the season ended 4-0. In the first half Yussuf Poulsen headed home the opener. Immediately afterwards scoring his second. In the second half Keita and Diego Demme wrapped up the game in a thunderous victory.

2017/18:

The match in the first half of the current season took place in the Red Bull Arena. After going a goal behind, the Roten Bullen turned the game in the second half. Three minutes after the break, Timo Werner equalized, and the next three goals came every ten minutes to bring the final score to 4-1.

 Team news

SC Freiburg currently have six players missing

  • Centre forward Florian Niederlechner has been out of action since November due to a fractured right kneecap. He probably will not be back until July.
  • Mike Frantz has been plagued by an ICL tear in his knee. Hopefully, the player will be back by mid-February.
  • Centre back Philipp Lienhart suffers from an ACL tear in his right knee. The player should be back by the end of January.
  • Since December 2017, Nicolas Höfler has also been unfit due to back troubles.
  • Yoric Ravet has been suffering from an Achilles problem since earlier in the month.
  • Centre forward Tim Kleindienst is also out.

 

More facts:
  • Although SC Freiburg currently sit 14th, they are on the longest unbeaten run out of all the Bundesliga sides.
  • On Matchday 18, the Freiburg side clocked up 125.17 kilometres between them, the furthest a team has collectively run this season. 

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