Bayern Munich vs Freiburg: probable teams, match stats and LIVE blog!
Sadio Mane will have to overtake Matthias Ginter if Bayern Munich are to overthrow second-placed Freiburg on Super Sunday (kick-off: 7.30pm CEST).
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Bayern squandered the chance to close the gap on the top two after conceding a 95th-minute equalizer at Borussia Dortmund at Der Klassiker. Having dropped points five times already this season, the defending champions start the weekend third, two points behind Freiburg and four behind leaders Union Berlin, who hosted Dortmund earlier in the day. Julian Nagelsmann’s side won 4-2 at Viktoria Plzen on Wednesday to book their place in the UEFA Champions League round of 16. Mane took his tally to eight goals, while playing the full 90 minutes for the sixth time in 15 competitive games for Bayern. Thomas Müller was removed shortly after scoring his 230th goal for his boyhood club, but Nagelsmann later revealed the move was a precautionary measure. Captain Manuel Neuer missed this game and will also be out this weekend with a shoulder problem. Jamal Musiala, Bayern’s top scorer with five Bundesliga goals, and left-back Alphonso Davies are set to return after illness and a head injury respectively, although the former is likely only on the bench. Midfielder Leon Goretzka scored a brace midweek which should keep him ahead of Marcel Sabitzer. Winger Kingsley Coman is suspended following his red card at Der Klassiker.
Freiburg prepared for the trip to Munich by putting four unanswered ahead of Nantes to maintain their perfect start in UEFA Europa League Group G and reach the knockout stage. Christian Streich opted to rest a handful of his first-team regulars but brought in midfielder Maximilian Eggestein and top scorer Michael Gregoritsch in the second half. The performance was on point Die Brisgauerin the Bundesliga, where they have lost just once all season. No team has amassed more points on the road (11), despite having tied three of their last four. In-form midfielder Daniel-Kofi Kyereh hasn’t traveled to France but will have all the time he needs to prove his fitness after scoring three goals in his last three matches. If absent, Streich will have to deviate from his preferred starting formation for the first time since Matchday 5. Former Bayern striker Wooyeong Jeong could replace again after scoring in midweek. Set to make his 95th competitive appearance for the south-west side, Germany international Ginter assembles a defense currently level with Bayern for league goals conceded in 2022/23 (eight). Only Union shipped fewer (six) heading into the weekend.
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- Mane scored four goals from 11 shots on target. He also had six excluded.
- Sixteen points after nine matches is Bayern’s lowest points tally since 2010/11, when Dortmund won the title and Bayer Leverkusen were second. The record champions finished third.
- Despite the 22-year age gap, Nagelsmann has faced Streich more times than any Bundesliga manager he has faced (P12: W7, D3, L2).
- Only Vincenzo Grifo has scored more Bundesliga goals from set pieces (22) than Joshua Kimmich (18) since the start of 2021/22.
- Freiburg have the highest share of goals by summer signings in the Bundesliga this season – 10 to Bayern’s six.
- Die Brisgauer has never won against Bayern in the Bundesliga (D3, L19).
Bavaria: Ulreich – Pavard, Upamecano, de Ligt, Davies – Kimmich, Goretzka – Sane, Müller (c), Mane – Gnabry
Out: Coman (suspended), Hernandez (groin), Neuer (shoulder), Sarr (patellar tendon)
Coach: Julien Nagelsmann
Freiburg: Flekken – Sildillia, Ginter, Lienhart, Günter (c) – Eggestein, Höfler – Doan, Kyereh, Grifo – Gregoritsch
Out: Ezekwem (muscular)
Doubtful: Gulde (hit), Sallai (orbit)
Coach: Christian Strich