bundesliga.com presents all the pre-match information you need ahead of this week's Breisgau battle...
Next to one another in the table, both clubs are in need of a win - their first of the season - after inauspicious starts. Freiburg have just one point and one goal to their name so far, while Hertha have conceded nine times in their first three matches.
Freiburg are light in attack with Dani Schahin and Swiss striker (pictured) unavailable with muscle problems. Their absence could see Karim Guede return, although he faces competition from Maximilian Philipp and Philipp Zulechner to lead the attack.
Hertha, meanwhile, have no injuries to speak of, so new signings Salomon Kalou and , on the scoresheet in this fixture last season, could start. Japan international Genki Haraguchi also returned to training this week and could feature.
In Mehmedi's absence, the onus will fall on to provide Freiburg's creative spark in midfield. Die Breisgauer, whose first goal of the season came after a 246-minute drought last week, were lacking in attacking thrust in their last home game, but Darida has performed consistently well in each of their three matches.
Signed from LOSC Lille in the summer, Kalou made his debut for Hertha in Matchday 3's home defeat to 1. FSV Mainz, but the 29-year-old was short of fitness. "My goal is to win a place in the first team," says the 2012 UEFA Champions League winner, and a good display in support of Julian Schieber could be the first step towards doing so.
Kalou: "We've not played badly so far, we've just not had much success. When we win a game, the confidence will come back."
Christian Streich (SC Freiburg coach): "Like Hertha we've only got one point, so a win would be good for us."
Simply put, both teams need a win. Freiburg have taken just a single point from after Matchday 2's uninspiring 0-0 against Borussia Mönchengladbach, while Hertha's opening day 2-2 draw with SV Werder Bremen was followed by against Bayer 04 Leverkusen and Mainz.
This fixture last season ended in a hard-fought 1-1 draw thanks to goals from Skjelbred and the waylaid Mehmedi, while the return game in Berlin finished goalless. Historically, the men from the capital have by far the better record, with eight wins and seven draws from the club's 18 Bundesliga meetings to date.
Freiburg: Bürki - Sorg, Krmas, Kempf, Günter - Schuster, Darida, Schmid, Klaus - Guede, Philipp
Hertha: Kraft - Pekarik, Heitinga, Brooks, van den Bergh - Hosogai, Lustenberger - Schulz, Kalou, Beerens - Schieber