Professionals | 31/08/2019

Matchday 3

Preview ahead of the trip to Freiburg

1. FC Köln head into Matchday 3 against another side with a 100% record for the second week running. SC Freiburg play hosts to Achim Beierlorzer’s men, and take on an FC side that are determined to get their first points on the board after two hard-fought defeats.

Form check

SC Freiburg: Freiburg have managed to start the season off with six points from six. After negotiating their way through a tricky DFB-Pokal tie away to 1. FC Magdeburg, they started the Bundesliga campaign with a 3:0 win at home against 1. FSV Mainz 05. They then backed that up away from home against Paderborn, securing a 3:1 victory. It is the first time that SC Freiburg have won their first two matches in Bundesliga history.

1. FC Köln: Despite two big performances against both VfL Wolfsburg and Borussia Dortmund, FC have come away empty-handed from their first two games. The 1:2 and 1:3 defeats saw Beierlorzer’s men play well for large stretches without reward, but take plenty of positives from the matches. It’s now about turning performances into points, and getting some momentum going into the first international break of the season.

The managers have had their say

Christian Streich: “Whether or not we’re favourites has no meaning for me. Köln played brilliantly against Dortmund for 80 minutes but didn’t earn any points. We’re happy to have started the season with two wins. But this week, it’s just about Köln. They play aggressively against the ball. They’ll keep working and working as they did against Dortmund.”

Achim Beierlorzer: “We're focusing on coming home with a win. When it comes to having a bogey team, I'm not looking at that. We know what Freiburg can do and what way their head coach will set-up. Christian Streich has a clear plan. He always brings a team together that can stay up. I'm looking forward to seeing him and I have a lot of respect for him.”

Squad update

SC Freiburg: Mark Flekken, Manuel Gulde, Marco Terrazzino and Gian-Luca Itter look set to miss out for definite ahead of the fixture this weekend. Janik Haberer could return to the squad following his injury. However, following the 100% start to the season, Christian Streich is unlikely to make too many alterations to the starting line-up.

1. FC Köln: Jhon Cordoba, Christian Clemens and Marcel Risse will definitely miss the trip to Freiburg through injury. Birger Verstraete returned to training on Thursday, having trained individually on Tuesday as a precautionary measure. As to whether a decision on whether Marco Höger is fit enough, that is not yet known. However, Achim Beierlorzer did confirm that there were no structural problems.

Statistics

  • No player has come off the bench to greater effect this season than Lucas Höler. The attacker has a goal and two assists in just 39 minutes, a better record than any other Bundesliga player. Including the goal from Chang-hun Kwon, Freiburg’s substitutes have had the greatest impact on the opening two matchdays.
  • Form isn’t on FC’s side going into this fixture. Freiburg have won six of the last seven games. The only exception came in 2016, when an Anthony Modeste brace on Matchday 3 of the 2016-17 season helped Peter Stöger’s side go temporarily top of the table.
  • Anthony Modeste has scored in both games that he has played against Freiburg for FC. Both matches were in the 2016-17 campaign. The second meeting of the two in that season was Modeste’s only defeat in six meetings against SCF.

Opposition dangerman

Luca Waldschmidt is the man of the moment for SC Freiburg. The 23-year-old striker has come into his own with the move to the Black Forest. In 55 appearances for HSV and Eintracht Frankfurt, he managed just four goals. In contrast, last season he found the back of the net nine times. The Siegen-born forward has begun the new campaign with three goals in three games. After his star performance at the under-21 European Championship this summer, Waldschmidt’s stock continues to rise.

Trivia

  • It’s almost 23 years to the day since FC last won in Freiburg. Toni Polster came off the bench to score twice in the final four minutes to earn a 1:3 win. That’s only the second time that FC have managed to win in Freiburg – the only previous win came in 1994, where Polster also grabbed a brace.
  • This isn’t a fixture that produces many draws. There hasn’t been a stalemate in any of the last 10 meetings, with just seven overall in the 36 fixtures between the two teams.
  • From a Freiburg point of view, both Lukas Kübler and Dominique Heintz have previously been with 1. FC Köln.

TV Times

Australia – beIN Sports Connect, Kayo Sports

Austria, Germany, Switzerland – Sky Sport

Cameroon, Congo, DR Congo, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia – StarTimes App

Canada – Sportsnet

China – QQ Sports Live, PPTV Sport China

Czech Republic, Slovakia – DIGI GO

Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden – Viaplay

France – beIN SPORTS CONNECT

Greece – Cosmote Sport

Japan – Sukachan 4

Netherlands – Fox Sports

New Zealand – beIN Sports

Ukraine – Megogo

USA – FOX Soccer Match Pass

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Total table
PL.TeamPt.
13Hertha BSC23
141. FC Köln23
151. FSV Mainz 0518

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