Freiburg put their great form to the test against Yann Sommer and Borussia Mönchengladbach on Sunday (kick-off: 5:30 p.m. CEST).
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Freiburg have won four out of five after turning the tables against Bayer Leverkusen on matchday five. The result propelled them top of the table, ahead of Borussia Dortmund – the only team to beat Christian Streich’s side this season – on goal difference. Ritsu Doan came off the bench to score the winning goal for Leverkusen and netted at home to Qarabag in Thursday’s UEFA Europa League win. With Roland Sallai ruled out, the 26-time Japan international is set to retain his place for the Gladbach visit. The same goes for midfielder Maximilian Eggestein, who returned to the starting XI in place of Yannik Keitel. Forward Michael Gregoritsch started the game on the bench, but is expected to start. Lukas Kübler is available again through injury, although the impressive youngster Kiliann Sildillia is set to move at right-back.
Gladbach’s unbeaten start to the season ended at the hands of Mainz last weekend. Daniel Farke’s set had taken eight points from the first 12 on offer, including one from defending champions Bayern Munich in a game that saw Sommer produce a Bundesliga-record 19 saves in a single game. Gladbach’s No.1 hopes he has less to do against Freiburg, who scored six unanswered first-half goals past the Foals in last season’s reverse fixture. He will be protected by a makeshift defense after Nico Elvedi picked up an injury and Ko Itakura was sent off against Mainz. Marvin Friedrich and Luca Netz are likely to be substitutes, while club captain Lars Stindl is in contention for his first Bundesliga start in place of injured striker Alassane Plea.
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- Matthias Ginter made 154 Bundesliga appearances for Gladbach between 2017 and 2022. Vincenzo Grifo played 17 times for the Foals in 2017/18, without scoring.
- Freiburg starts the weekend top of the Bundesliga for the second time in its history. The first was after the first day of 2000/01.
- Streich’s side are undefeated in their last 14 meetings with Gladbach (W10, D4).
- Five matches into the new campaign, Marcus Thuram has already equaled his tally of three goals from the 2021/22 season in 21 Bundesliga appearances.
- Gladbach have won just one of Freiburg’s 20 Bundesliga games (1-0, March 23, 2022).
- However, Borussia are unbeaten in their last six Bundesliga matches on the road, dating back to a 3-1 defeat in the Rhine derby in Cologne on April 16, 2022.
Freiburg: Flekken – Sildillia, Ginter, Lienhart, Günter (c) – Eggestein, Höfler – Jeong, Doan, Grifo – Gregoritsch
Out: Ezekwem (muscular), Gulde (ankle), Höler (metatarsus), Sallai (orbit)
Doubtful: Schade (abdominal)
Coach: Christian Strich
Gladbach: Sommer – Scally, Friedrich, Bensebaini, Netz – Kone, Kramer, Neuhaus – Hofmann, Thuram, Stindl (c)
Out: Elvedi (ankle), Itakura (hanging), Plea (groin)
Doubtful: Wool (thigh)
Coach: Daniel Farke