League leaders FC Bayern München head to SC Freiburg for their first fixture of 2017 and the final game of the first half of the season (kick-off 20:30CET/19:30GMT).
Freiburg ended 2016 with a four-game unbeaten run, including a 2-1 win at FC Ingolstadt 04 on Matchday 16. However, their opponents come from the other end of the table and are a side the Black Forest outfit have beaten just once in their last 24 top-fight meetings. However, that victory did come last time the sides faced each other on Matchday 33 of the 2014/15 season. Christian Streich’s side will be looking to make home advantage count as they have already done this season, with five wins in their seven league matches at the Schwarzwald-Stadion.
A point will be enough for Bayern to secure the Herbstmeisterschaft and become winter champions for the 22nd time in their 52nd top-flight campaign. However, the record champions will also be aiming to put pressure on the chasing pack with a win to extend their lead over RB Leipzig, whom they beat 3-0 in the final game of 2016. The Bavarians begin the year on a five-game Bundesliga winning streak, having scored 14 goals and conceded just two in that period. They will, however, be without key midfielder Thiago after the Spain international picked up a thigh injury during the winter training camp in Qatar.