Verdict: Freiburg win
Best Odds: 21/20
Two sides who will be looking to break into the European places on Saturday afternoon, Freiburg will welcome Hoffenheim to the Europa-Park Stadion.
Starting with the hosts, missing out on what they had billed as a golden opportunity last weekend as they eventually had to settle for a 0-0 stalemate at home against Union Berlin, Freiburg will be desperate to make a real statement here. Heading into Germany’s festive break with an action-packed 3-2 loss away at Heidenheim, Christian Streich’s men are seeking some recent stability. However, although the Reds might have recorded just a single win from any of their last four appearances across all competitions, Freiburg have gained a reputation for their rugged success on home soil. Punching a Europa League knockout stage ticket last month, Streich’s men are unbeaten in all of their previous six showdowns at the Europa-Park Stadion – a run that stems all the way back to a 2-1 loss against Premier League outfit West Ham on October 5th.
Away with Japan featuring at this month’s Asia Cup, Freiburg will be without 25-year-old Ritsu Doan. Likewise, all still dealing with resp