Borussia Dortmund could be as many as four points behind Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich when they take to the field in Freiburg on Sunday (kick-off: 3.30pm CEST/2.30pm BST/9.30am ET).
Freiburg have lost their last two and are winless in four, though they did hold Bayern to a 1-1 draw three weeks ago. It's a dip in form that has coincided with an injury to joint-top scorer Nils Petersen, who isn't expected to recover in time for the visit of Dortmund. Christian Streich does have another eight-goal front man in his ranks, though. A second-half substitute in last weekend's valiant defeat to Werder Bremen, Luca Waldschmidt is in line to start as the Black Forest club look for the win that would secure their safety for another season with room to spare - but only if VfB Stuttgart fail to beat fellow strugglers Augsburg on Saturday.
Dortmund bounced back from their 5-0 drubbing at the hands of Bayern with a nail-biting 2-1 win over Mainz. Jadon Sancho scored both goals as BVB temporarily returned to the summit, before the defending champions restored their one-point advantage with a 4-1 victory at Fortuna Düsseldorf. Raphael Guerreiro and Christian Pulisic missed out against Bayern and Mainz, but both are in contention this weekend. With three goals in his last two starts, top scorer Paco Alcacer will hope to at least make it off the bench after missing the Bayern loss through injury and watching on as an unused substitute against Mainz. Lucien Favre's team will be guaranteed UEFA Champions League football next season should they avoid defeat.
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- Freiburg have lost half of their 18 Bundesliga home matches against Dortmund, winning just two.
- Twelve different players have scored for Freiburg so far this season. Petersen and Waldschmidt have accounted for 16 of the south-west club's 39 leagues goals.
- Roman Bürki, Maximilian Philipp and Ömer Toprak are former Freiburg players.
- Sancho's brace against Mainz makes him the youngest player in Dortmund history to reach double figures in a single campaign.
- Marco Reus has not scored in two matches. His longest barren spell of the season is three (Matchdays 2-4).
- Dortmund are unbeaten in their last 15 matches against Freiburg, but Favre has not won in Germany's sunniest city in four attempts as a coach (D1, L3).
Freiburg: Schwolow – Stenzel, K. Schlotterbeck, Heintz, Günter – Haberer, Höfler, Abrashi, Grifo – Waldschmidt – Niederlechner
Out: Gulde (back), Kleindienst (knee), Kübler (ankle), Lienhart (concussion), Petersen (hamstring)
Doubtful: Flekken (groin), Sallai (groin)
Coach: Christian Streich
Dortmund: Bürki – Wolf, Weigl, Akanji, Diallo – Witsel, Delaney – Sancho, Reus (c), Guerreiro - Götze
Out: Hakimi (metatarsal), Piszczek (foot)
Doubtful: Pulisic (thigh), Zagadou (knee)
Coach: Lucien Favre