Stopping the slide is the priority for Bayer 04 Leverkusen and SC Freiburg at the BayArena on Saturday (kick-off 15:30CET/14:30GMT).
Back-to-back Bundesliga defeats to RB Leipzig and FC Bayern München stalled a revival which had seen wins against VfL Wolfsburg and SV Darmstadt 98 for Roger Schmidt's Leverkusen. Die Werkself now sit eight points adrift of the coveted top four, while the club's leading scorer Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez is without a goal since Matchday 6.
Visitors Freiburg appear to have delved even deeper into the dark woods of the Black Forest, meanwhile, with three straight defeats undoing the good work of back-to-back wins over FC Augsburg and SV Werder Bremen. What is more, Christian Streich's men have only collected three points from a possible 15 on the road so far this season.