Borussia Dortmund host Freiburg in the Bundesliga on Saturday, as Peter Stoger’s side look for something to cheer about in what’s been a torrid January so far. Not only does their star striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang look set to leave, they’re yet to record a victory after the winter break.
Where and when: Westfalenstadion – Saturday 27 January, kick-off 14:30
Where you can see Borussia Dortmund vs. Freiburg: William Hill live streaming
Last time: Freiburg battled to a goalless draw when the teams met in September, ending a run of 12 straight Dortmund victories.
Borussia Dortmund v Freiberg Predictions and Preview
If there’s ever a good time to lose arguably your best player, this is definitely not it for Dortmund. Die Borussen are in a real dogfight to qualify for next season’s Champions League, and 12th placed Freiburg can even pull to within four points of them if they record a shock win.
Four points separate nine teams gunning for the remaining three places in Europe’s premier club competition, once you take runaway Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich out of the equation. Putting the Bavarians back into the equation, Dortmund are closer to the relegation zone than they are to the champions-elect.
Despite their struggles and what looks to be the impending loss of Aubameyang, Dortmund are still heavy favourites in the betting for this game. They’re priced at 4/9, while you can back them at 19/11 to win to nil, which looks like a decent way to enhance your winnings.
At least there’s good news for Die Schwarzgelben in the form of Marco Reus, who’s close to making his return from knee surgery. Marcel Schmelzer and Eric Durm will miss Saturday’s game through injury, while Sebastian Rode, Jacob Larsen and Raphael Guerreiro could all be available for selection.
For the visitors, Philipp Lienhart is back in training after a knee problem, while a raft of players including Georg Niedermeier, Onur Bulut, Nicolas Hofler and Yoric Ravet face late fitness tests. Freiburg will remain underdogs even if a number of their players are fit to play, and they’re priced at 7/1 in the betting, with the draw at 4/1.
One to watch for Borussia Dortmund: 17-year-old Jadon Sancho has started both of Dortmund’s games since the winter break, and set up Shinji Kagawa’s equaliser against Hertha Berlin. He’s 9/4 to score in a home win, and 7/1 to open his BVB account by breaking the deadlock.
One to watch for Freiburg: Nils Petersen is the Breisgau-Brasilianer’s top scorer with eight Bundesliga goals to his name so far this season. He’s 12/5 to score anytime, or 17/2 to bag the last goal of the game.
Long shot: Considering the turmoil at Dortmund, it wouldn’t be a huge surprise to see Freiburg take the lead in this game. If you think Stoger’s side will recover from being behind at half time to take all three points, you can get odds of 25/1.