The Wolves slipped further behind FC Bayern München at the top last weekend, leaving them with the objective of defending their current position, while Freiburg have ground to make up in the final ten games of the season if they are to avoid relegation.
bundesliga.com sets the scene for Sunday's clash at the Volkswagen-Arena.
The Wolves are no longer looking up in the standings, but over their shoulders. A place in the UEFA Champions League is their objective next season and to succeed in that undertaking, seven wins from their last ten games would guarantee qualification. Freiburg would arguably be safe with the same number of victories, but their relegation battle is set to go to the wire.
Wolfsburg's UEFA Europa League win over FC Internazionale Milano on Thursday night could have negative repercussions on the squad, with Diego Benaglio, Vieirinha and Bas Dost (r.) all doubts after picking up knocks. Naldo is certain to miss out, meanwhile, due to suspension.
is back for Christian Streich after suspension and he can be expected to partner Pavel Krmas at the heart of Freiburg's defence. (l.) is suspended, though, so should take his place.
Since joining the Wolves in the winter, has given his new club a lot, apart from a goal and this could well be the right time for the former Bayer 04 Leverkusen and 1. FSV Mainz 05 midfielder to open his account. "We know what he can do and he's still going to give us a lot this season," says sporting director Klaus Allofs.
Freiburg's last two games with (l.) at the heart of their defence ended with points - a 2-0 win over Hertha Berlin and a 1-1 draw with TSG 1899 Hoffenheim. The Spanish defender has been missed since, especially in view of his excellent passing qualities that often relieve the pressure on the Freiburg rearguard.
Dieter Hecking (Wolfsburg coach): "Freiburg have always given a good account of themselves in Wolfsburg in the past. They're a team who can really get the most out of the chances they create and they're bound to give everything this Sunday. If we're not 100 per cent focused, then it’s going to be a difficult challenge. But if we show the right attitude, then we're capable of winning."
Christian Streich (Freiburg coach): "They make things look so easy. If they had taken their chances better, then they could have put six or seven past Inter. They’ve just got a very good blend and they're currently the second best team in the Bundesliga, there can be no doubting that. It's reflected also in the league table."
Wolfsburg lost their first game of 2015 last weekend, going down 1-0 at FC Augsburg, although they bounced back in style to keep the Bundesliga's flag flying proudly in the UEFA Europa League on Thursday. Freburg's recent form has been inconsistent with three wins and four defeats in their last eight.
Wolfsburg have fared better against Freiburg away from home than they have at the Volkswagen-Arena lately. Their 2-1 win at the Schwarzwald-Stadion back in October was their third in a row in the Black Forest, yet they have not beaten Freiburg at home since 2012, drawing last season and losing the year before.
Wolfsburg: Benaglio - Vieirinha, Klose, Knoche, Rodriguez - Guilavogui, Luiz Gustavo - Caligiuri, De Bruyne, Schürrle - Dost
Freiburg: Bürki - Sorg, Krmas, Torrejon, Günter - Frantz, Darida - Klaus, Mehmedi - Schmid, Philipp