Freiburg arrive at Mercedes-Benz Arena on Saturday for the Bundesliga 1 showdown with hosts Stuttgart.
Our tips, poll and stats for Stuttgart v Freiburg can all be found here - plus the latest betting odds.
Stuttgart fans will want a repeat of their previous result, being the 0-1 DFB-Pokal success versus Hansa Rostock.
In that game, Stuttgart had 54% possession and 17 attempts on goal with 6 on target. The only player to score for Stuttgart was Silas Wamangituka (42'). On the other side, Hansa Rostock had 7 attempts on goal with 1 on target.
Fixtures featuring Stuttgart have often been lively affairs recently with high scoring the rule rather than the exception. Over their past half dozen games alone, the sum of 20 goals have flown in for both teams combined (at an average of 3.33 goals per game) with 14 of them coming from Stuttgart. It will be interesting to find out whether or not that trend can be continued on into this next match.
Freiburg will go into the clash following on from a 1-2 DFB-Pokal win vs Mannheim in their last fixture.
In that game, Freiburg had 51% possession and 18 shots on goal with 6 of them on target. For Freiburg, the scorers were Chang-Hoon Kwon (19') and Jonathan Schmid (79'). Waldhof Mannheim got 14 attempts at goal with 1 on target. Dominik Martinović (56') was the scorer for Mannheim.
In as many as 5 of the previous 6 games featuring Freiburg, three or more goals have gone in. The overall average goals scored per match during that spell is 3.17, with the number of goals averaged by Freiburg standing at 2.
Head to head
Looking over their most recent head to head meetings going back to 28/11/2014 shows that Stuttgart have won 3 of these games & Freiburg 0, with the tally of drawn matches standing at 3.
Loads of goals were seen in those games, too - 25 in all which averages out at 4.17 goals per meeting.
The previous league fixture between these sides was Bundesliga 1 match day 20 on 03/02/2019 when it ended Stuttgart 2-2 Freiburg.
That day, Stuttgart had 69% possession and 17 attempts at goal with 4 of them on target. Goals were scored by Insúa (75') and Daniel Didavi (83').
Freiburg had 16 shots at goal with 4 on target. Janik Haberer (4') and Florian Niederlechner (94') scored.
The match was refereed by Deniz Aytekin.
Team News: Stuttgart
It looks as if Stuttgart may well opt for a 3-4-2-1 system with Gregor Kobel, Marc-Oliver Kempf, Waldemar Anton, Pascal Stenzel, Borna Sosa, Tanguy Coulibaly, Wataru Endo, Gonzalo Castro, Daniel Didavi, Silas Wamangituka and Sasa Kalajdzic.
Team News: Freiburg
From our viewpoint, Freiburg seem most likely to play in a 4-4-2 lineup, choosing Benjamin Uphoff, Jonathan Schmid, Philipp Lienhart, Dominique Heintz, Christian Günter, Vincenzo Grifo, Roland Sallai, Nicolas Höfler, Yannik Keitel, Nils Petersen and Lucas Höler.
We feel that Freiburg may not find it easy to hit the back of the net against this Stuttgart team who we think might well get the vital goal that wins it.
We’re going for a hard-fought contest, finishing with a 1-0 winning margin for Stuttgart after 90 minutes.
Let’s see how it plays out.
⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Mercedes-Benz Arena (60,449)
Captain: Marc-Oliver Kempf
Chairman: Claus Vogt
Manager: Pellegrino Matarazzo
Competitions: DFB-Pokal (First Round)