Freiburg will travel to the capital this Sunday to take on Hertha Berlin in their ninth fixture of the 2022/23 Bundesliga campaign.
Venue: Olympiastadion (Berlin)
Hertha Berlin have drawn their last three league games.
With eight goals so far, they are the joint-second lowest-scoring side in the league, only ahead of Bochum with five goals.
Freiburg are unbeaten in their last nine games in all competitions (W7, D2).
They have kept six clean sheets across their last nine games in all competitions.
The visitors are enjoying the longest current unbeaten run of any Bundesliga team ahead of the round (W4, D2).
Visiting manager Christian Streich is currently Bundesliga’s longest-serving manager.
Head to head
Hertha Berlin have won just three of 17 Bundesliga games against Freiburg, losing eight and drawing six.
Latest performances in all competitions
Hertha Berlin: D-W-D-D-W
Hertha Berlin will look to continue their unbeaten run in the league when they welcome Freiburg to Olympiastadion on Sunday.
The hosts have started the season with three losses and one draw–their joint-worst Bundesliga start after four games during the three-points per-win era. But they have since recovered to cement a four-game unbeaten run of league games (W1, D3) to navigate them closer towards mid-table.
However, their last three games have been draws. But part of that draw was a 2-2 draw with Bayer Leverkusen–a game they battled back from 1-0 down, to get a point.
Hertha did well to keep that unbeaten run alive with a 1-1 draw against an impressive Hoffenheim in the last round, especially as they had two bad news in the week leading up to the game.
First, assistant manager Mark Fotheringham left to take the vacant Huddersfield job, while summer signing Jean-Paul Boëtius became their second player in a matter of months to receive a heartbreaking cancer diagnosis, after the now-recovered Marco Richter.
Possible Hertha Berlin starting line-up
Oliver Christensen; Jonjoe Kenny, Marton Dardai, Marc-Oliver Kempf, Marvin Plattenhardt; Lucas Tousart, Ivan Sunjic, Suat Serdar; Dodi Lukebakio, Wilfried Kanga, Chidera Ejuke.
Injured: Filip Uremovic, Kelian Nsona, Jean-Paul Boetius, Jessic Ngankam
Doubtful: Stevan Jovetic
Freiburg will look to continue their impressive run of form when they travel to Berlin on Sunday.
The visitors have enjoyed a strong start to the season so far, winning five of their opening eight games of the season (D2, L1). Such form has them sitting in second place on the table, ahead of the likes of Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund. They are sitting level on points with Union Berlin but with a worse goal difference having scored 12 goals and conceded six times.
The six goals they have conceded is the joint-fewest in the league and has been built on their impressive defence that has kept six clean sheets across their last nine games in all competitions (W7, D2).
Even when conceding against Mainz in the last round, Freiburg had already done enough to secure a 2-1 victory that sealed their strongest-ever eight-game Bundesliga start in club history (W5, D2, L1).
With Christian Streich, who is currently the Bundesliga’s longest-serving manager, on the helm, the visitors are in good hands. Even while they are currently doing so well and come into this tie on the back of a 2-0 win over Nantes, Streich has maintained that the aim for this season is simply to survive relegation.
Another little piece of club history is achievable in this game too, as a third straight win here would secure Freiburg’s longest run of head-to-head wins over Hertha Berlin after they completed a league double last season.
Possible Freiburg starting line-up
Mark Flekken; Kiliann Sildillia, Matthias Ginter, Philip Lienhart, Christian Gunter; Maximilian Eggestein, Nicolas Hofler; Daniel Kofi Kyereh, Vincenzo Grifo, Ritsu Doan; Michael Gregoritsch.
Injured: Roland Sallai, Kimberly Ezekwem, Hugo Siquet
Hertha Berlin 1-2 Freiburg