- Leipzig top after record-breaking unbeaten start to debut Bundesliga season.
- Freiburg have lost last two matches.
- Hosts pipped visitors to Bundesliga 2 title last term.
RB Leipzig have the chance to put more distance between themselves and the rest of the Bundesliga when they kick off Matchday 12 with their visit to SC Freiburg on Friday (kick-off 20:30CET/19:30GMT).
The Schwarzwald-Stadion had been a fortress for Freiburg prior to Matchday 10, but VfL Wolfsburg's 3-0 win ended an impressive unbeaten run on home turf for Christian Streich’s side. That was followed by a 4-2 defeat at 1.FSV Mainz 05, but Freiburg remain in mid-table and have the prospect of becoming the first side to beat Leipzig this season to help motivate them. The hosts won 2-1 when the two sides last met in March, part of Freiburg’s title winning campaign in Bundesliga 2.
Leipzig’s gripping, come-from-behind win at Bayer 04 Leverkusen in Matchday 11’s opening fixture saw them rise to first place, and they stayed there thanks to Borussia Dortmund’s 1-0 victory over FC Bayern München. Playing on a Friday for the second week in a row gives Ralph Hasenhüttl’s side a great chance to put pressure on the chasing pack and extend their superb unbeaten start to their first season in the Bundesliga.
- Freiburg won Bundesliga 2 last year, finishing five points clear of Leipzig.
- Leipzig have won their last six Bundesliga matches - the longest streak of any club this season.
- 27 points and no losses through 11 matches: Leipzig are the first promoted side to hit those marks.
- Freiburg are vulnerable in dead-ball situations, conceding eight from set pieces so far. That equates to a full 40 percent of the total they’ve shipped this season.
- At 116.4 kilometres per game on average, Leipzig run further than any other side in the Bundesliga... followed by Freiburg, at 115.9km.
- Timo Werner has five goals so far this season...and in his days at VfB Stuttgart, SC Freiburg was his favourite team to score against. He scored three against the Black Forest club, more than against any other team.