Summary

  • Freiburg's Streich still without first-choice central defensive pairing.
  • Fabian in flying form for Frankfurt.
  • Blum impressed on full Bundesliga debut against Hertha.

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SC Freiburg are once again down to the bare bones defensively, after Manuel Gulde suffered a groin injury in the 3-1 defeat to Borussia Dortmund. He joins fellow centre-backs Marc-Oliver Kempf and Marc Torrejon on the sidelines, meaning Christian Streich has little option but to deploy Georg Niedermeier and Caglar Söyuncü at the heart of the back four.

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Freiburg's patchwork back line will certainly have their work cut out against Eintracht Frankfurt midfielder Marco Fabian. The 27-year-old Mexican has registered two goals and as many assists in his last three Bundesliga outings and now appears to be one of the first names on Niko Kovac's teamsheet. Danny Blum also impressed in the 3-3 draw against Hertha Berlin and will hope to keep his place in the side ahead of Mijat Gacinovic.

Freiburg possible line-up: Schwolow - Ignjovski, Niedermeier, Söyüncü, Günter - Höfler (c), Abrashi - Bulut, Grifo - Petersen, Philipp

Absentees: Gulde (thigh) Torrejon (bruised ankle), Föhrenbach (ligament tear), Kempf (meniscus), Kübler (knee), Nielsen (abdominal muscle)

Coach: Christian Streich

Frankfurt possible line-up: Hradecky - Chandler, Abraham (Hector 31'), Vallejo, Oczipka - Mascarell, Huszti - Seferovic, Fabian, Blum - Meier (c)

Absentees: Anderson (knee), Russ (recovery from cancer treatment), Varela (ankle), Gerezgiher (muscular), Medojevic (knee), Stendera (knee)

Coach: Niko Kovac

Freiburg play host to Frankfurt with the game kicking off at 15:30CEST/13:30GMT on 1 October

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