bundesliga.com previews a midweek clash between two sides at opposite ends of the domestic spectrum...
Gladbach are one of three sides locked on 30 points following Matchday 18. The Foals start the week in third, but could fall as low as sixth by Wednesday night. The bottom half of the standings is no less congested, with Freiburg only a point clear of the relegation zone and within four of mid-table.
Admir Mehmedi has been ruled out with an ankle injury sustained in Saturday's 4-1 win over Eintracht Frankfurt. Nils Petersen (l.) scored three in that game and should start in the Swiss striker's stead. Right-back Oliver Sorg and 20-year-old midfielder Maximilian Philipp are also in contention after impressing from the bench last weekend.
Patrick Herrmann proved he has the sought-after end product to go with his electric pace after scoring the winning goal away to VfB Stuttgart on Matchday 18. The German winger doesn't always start games, but on his day he's without doubt one of the best in his position the Bundesliga has to offer.
Something's amiss if Petersen doesn't line up from the start at Borussia Park. The SV Werder Bremen loanee made all the difference at home to Frankfurt last time out, replacing Julian Schuster at half time and swiftly putting an end to an 11-game goalless run with a stunning lupenreiner Hat-trick.
Lucien Favre (Gladbach head coach): "Three games in six days isn't easy. I'm focused on the Freiburg game, but I also have Friday's game [at FC Schalke 04] at the back of my mind."
Sascha Riether (Freiburg defender): "We're going there to get something from the game, but we know how tough it'll be."
Both sides kicked off the second half of the campaign with three points. Gladbach were made to work hard for their third away success of the season by struggling Stuttgart, who will have been disappointed to see Freiburg come from behind against Frankfurt to record their first league win since early November.
Die Breisgauer travel north in search of their maiden top-flight win at Borussia Park at the seventh time of asking. Raffael scored the only goal of the game to settle last season's corresponding fixture, with all three of the Foals' previous wins over Freiburg coming on home turf.
Gladbach: Sommer - Korb, Stranzl, Jantschke, Alvaro Dominguez - Kramer, G. Xhaka - Herrmann, Hazard - Raffael - M. Kruse
Freiburg: Bürki - Sorg, Torrejon, Höhn, C. Günter - Frantz, Darida - Klaus, Schmid - Petersen, Philipp