Foot Predictions shows the Bundesliga clash on Saturday between Freiburg and Union Berlin, including hunches, preview and possible lineups.
Freiburg host Union Berlin in the Bundesliga on Saturday, with both teams looking to improve their draws last weekend, while trying to consolidate their positions in the top half of the table.
The two clubs drew goalless with Werder Bremen and Schalke 04, respectively, so each crowd expects to see some goals this weekend.
After defeating Borussia Dortmund in a vibrant clash the previous weekend, Christian Streich may not have cared for a more relaxed game, as proved to be the case in the 0-0 draw with Werder Bremen.
However, it was a match that would have tested even the purest endurance skills of football fans, with very few chances created of any real value.
Milos Veljkovic had perhaps the best chance of the game at the end of the first half, but the Bremen defender saw his header well saved by Florian Muller at close range at close range.
Perhaps due to their position on the table, the hosts increasingly seemed to be content with a point as the match progressed, with Freiburg being the side most likely to find a winner. In fact, Nils Petersen and Jonathan Schmid both failed to make a proper connection with the ball inside the Bremen area, but Streich certainly hopes for more offensive ambitions from his team this weekend.
Like their next opponent, Union Berlin suffered a frustrating 0-0 draw with a team below them in the table, Schalke.
To be fair, Schalke has improved under the management of Christian Gross, with the last place in the Bundesliga dominating possession throughout the game.
Union Berlin created the best opportunities, however, with the loan from Liverpool Taiwo Awoniyi wasting two golden opportunities on both sides of the half, after being played on goal on both occasions.
On the other hand, the former Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius was not forced to make a defense on his debut to Urs Fischerside up Nassim Boujellab89-minute effort, with both sides perhaps content to take the point and move on at the end.
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Freiburg will probably not have Roland Sallai, Dominique Heintz, Keven Schlotterbeck, Kwon Chang-hoon and Mark Flekken due to several injuries, with the quintet set to return to action by the first team at the end of the month.
Petersen and Lucas Holer we hope to win a recall for the initial XI instead of Ermedin Demirovic, who failed to score or help in the last three matches.
Union Berlin, in turn, will receive Nico Schlotterbeck back to the visiting team after the defender fulfilled his suspension for one game, after being sent off in the defeat to Mainz 05.
Andreas Luthe he must also return to goal at Karius’ place after having failed to draw with Schalke for personal reasons, as a talismanic presence Max Kruse he could be in shape to reach the substitutes’ bench after recovering from a muscle injury sustained in December.
However, the trip to Friborg is likely to come very early for the injured trio of Christopher Lenz, Sheraldo Becker and Anthony Ujah.
Possible initial lineup for Freiburg:
Muller; Lienhart, Gulde, Heintz; Schmid, Santamaria, Hofler, Gunter; Jeong, Griffin; Holer
Possible initial lineup of Union Berlin:
Luthe; Friedrich, Knoche, Hubner; Trimmel, Promel, Andrich, Ingvartsen, Griesselmann; Awoniyi, Pohjanpalo
Probability: Freiburg 1-0 Union Berlin
Kruse’s comeback may have a big impact on Union Berlin’s faltering form, but it is likely too early for the former German national team player to have a significant impact here.
Freiburg seems to have a little more creativity within its ranks at the moment and, as such, can overcome what is likely to be a tough game between two gifted teams.
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