- Freiburg and Hertha both dropped places on matchday 17.
- A win for Hertha has potential to take them back to third.
- SC Freiburg look to recover from frustrating defeat to Bayern last weekend.
Having narrowly missed out on a point thanks to a last minute goal from Robert Lewandowski on matchday 17, SC Freiburg will be keen to not let the same mistake happen again against Hertha Berlin. Unfortunately for the Black Forest outfit this wasn't the first time they were robbed of points in the dying moments. The last time they met their Matchday 18 opponents, it finished 2-1 thanks to two injury-time goals from the capital club, however this time Christian Streich have home advantage on their side.
Following a 3-1 defeat to Bayer 04 Leverkusen last weekend, Hertha's main aim is to get their foot back in the Champions League door. Their loss dropped the capital club to fifth but a victory at the Schwarzwald-Stadion could put them back in contention. Pal Dardai will be calling on the likes of Valentin Stocker, who scored on matchday 17, and Vedad Ibisevic if he is to ensure Hertha's tenth win of the campaign.
- Janik Haberer made his Bundesliga debut when the two sides met on Matchday 1. In the last 5 matches for SC Freiburg, Haberer has been in the starting XI and was directly involved in four of their last five goals.
- Vladimir Darida made 54 Bundesliga appearances for Freiburg between 2013 and 2015, scoring nine goals and assisting 10. He then transferred to the capital club, and has noted only one goal; against his ex-club and Matchday 18 opponents Freiburg.
- The pair have duelled in the Bundesliga 21 times, with the home side winning only four times and away team taking all three points nine times.
- SC Freiburg midfielder and Berlin-born Maximilian Philipp in his youth played for Hertha BSC.
- Julian Schieber scored his debut goal in the Bundesliga against Sc Freiburg, since then he has netted a further three times against the Schwarzwald outfit.