Last season was the end of an era for the relationship between Borussia and SC Freiburg: After nine consecutive home wins, BVB only managed a draw against SCF. We hope that Saturday will be the start of a new era. Here are the facts about the fixture.
Starting position: First versus eleventh. BVB is still unbeaten in this Bundesliga season and has won almost two-thirds of the games against SC Freiburg, which is higher than any other winning ratio against any other team. The Freiburgers have only lost one of their last six games in the Bundesliga but have waited longer to beat BVB than any other club. The last time they beat BVB was in May 2010.
Home / Away: Dortmund has won five out of six home games this season (one draw against Hertha Berlin). SC Freiburg has prevailed only once in the last 15 away games which was in September in a 3-1 victory in Wolfsburg.
Personnel: Borussia has a full house apart from Wolf. SC Freiburg has many injuries to worry about. Kath and Sallai are out, as are Kübler, Abrashi, Borrello, Höfler and Stanko, the latter are training at least.
Head to head: The Black and Yellows have only failed to score in two out of 34 games. They have won nine out of the last ten games with an aggregate score of 27-3. The last result was 2-2. SC Freiburg has gone 1-0 up a total of 13 times against BVB, only managing to go on to win twice. They have not lost a 1-0 advantage more times against any other club (six defeats).
Stats: Borussia Dortmund has celebrated the most wins in the league: Three quarters (nine in 12) of the games have been won. BVB has scored the most goals (35) and conceded the least (ten). No team has shared points more than Freiburg (five times) and they have kept a clean sheet only once in their last eleven games. Only Borussia Mönchengladbach has given away more penalty kicks (five) than Freiburg.
Highest home win: On 28 September 2013, Marco Reus and Robert Lewandowski scored twice followed by a single goal from Jakub Blaszczykowski to make it 5-0.
Officials: Frank Willenborg will arbitrate the Borussia Dortmund home game. The 39-year-old Referee from Osnabrück will officiate his second BVB fixture. Last season he saw over the fixture against Stuttgart which ended 2-1.
Spectators: The SIGNAL IDUNA PARK is completely sold-out. Freiburg will bring 3,500 travelling fans.
original by Boris Rupert