bundesliga.com looks ahead to the the Bavarians' clash with the south-western minnows...
15th-placed Freiburg's need for points is far greater than that of their hosts', as they sit just a single point off the foot of the table. However, it is difficult to imagine Bayern entering into the festive spirit of generosity despite their nine-point lead at the top of the standings.
Bayern are still deprived of Tom Starke, David Alaba, Holger Badstuber, Javi Martinez, Philipp Lahm and Thiago, while midfielder Xabi Alonso (l.) is doubtful with a cold and Sebastian Rode has a slight toe injury. On a more positive note, and should return to the matchday squad following injury.
The visitors are also without a number of first-team regulars, with Vladimir Darida (ribs), Jonathan Schmid (pictured, knee) Philipp Zulechner (flu) and Mike Frantz (shin) all failing to make the trip eastwards.
With Lahm, Thiago, Alaba and Martinez all definitely absent and Alonso struggling to get to grips with German weather, is set to be the only established centre-midfielder in the squad, so his contribution in linking defence and attack will be vital.
Preventing Bayern from scoring is a mighty challenge, although Hamburg and Gladbach have succeeded this season. Still, Freiburg's best hope of earning points rests on clinically finishing any chances that come their way, so Swiss international striker will need to be at his sharpest.
Pep Guardiola, Bayern coach: "Freiburg are very aggressive. We need to be careful and prepare ourselves well for the match."
Christian Streich (l.), Freiburg coach: "We want to be successful in every game we play - the fact that we’re facing Bayern doesn’t change that."
The superlatives are running out to describe Bayern: they have won all eight of their league games at home this season, recorded six straight Bundesliga wins, scored 37 goals and conceded three. Meanwhile, Freiburg have not won since Matchday 13 and have drawn three and lost one of their last four games.
History is overwhelmingly on Bayern's side in this fixture: they have won 21 of the 30 top-flight matches contested. There have been six draws and Freiburg have triumphed on just three occasions, doing so for the last time on 9 March 1996 in a 3-1 win. Last season Bayern won 4-0 at home and drew 1-1 away.
Bayern: Neuer - Rafinha, Benatia, Boateng, Bernat - Schweinsteiger - Robben, Müller, Götze, Ribery - Lewandowski
Freiburg: Bürki - Sorg, Torrejon, Kempf, Günter - Schuster, Höfler - Riether, Klaus - Freis, Mehmedi