The Black Forest club have alternated wins and losses since returning to the top-flight as Bundesliga 2 champions in 2015/16. Christian Streich's men were beaten 3-1 by the free-scoring Borussia Dortmund last Friday, though the performance of young Turkey centre-back Caglar Söyüncü draw high praise from the coach. "I do not know if I would have been able to play like that at 20," he said.
Eintracht are four points yet seven places better off than Freiburg in fifth. Die Adler played out a thrilling 3-3 draw with Hertha Berlin last time out, with Chelsea FC loanee Michael Hector snatching a share of the spoils in the final minute at home to the capital club.
- Freiburg have won their last eight home games – a record for Breisgau side.
- Freiburg’s six goals this season have all come in the second half. Frankfurt, on the other hand, have conceded four out of their five goals against in the second half.
- Nils Petersen scored a hat-trick the last time the sides met in the Bundesliga.
- This is Frankfurt’s second-best start to the season since the introduction of the three-point system in the Bundesliga.
- Frankfurt have not lost in three games – the longest streak to date under coach Niko Kovac.
- Kovac never lost a match during his playing career against SC Freiburg (seven wins and three draws), this is, however, his first game against Freiburg as a coach.