Borussia Dortmund will kick off the Bundesliga Matchday 21 action on Friday evening. SC Freiburg will visit SIGNAL IDUNA PARK at 20:30 CET. The personnel situation has further improved in the run-up to the match.

Just like last week, the Borussia Dortmund first team are once again involved in the opening fixture of the round on a Friday. The Black & Yellows continued their unbeaten run away in Heidenheim but dropped points for the first time this year in a 0-0 draw. Beforehand, the team had claimed away victories in Darmstadt (3-0) and Köln (4-0), won at home to Bochum (3-1) and improved their position in the table, reducing the gap to Stuttgart and overtaking Leipzig. Although BVB stayed in fourth place after last weekend, they are now only one point ahead of the Saxons.

"We were all very dissatisfied with the match and the result in Heidenheim. We can and must play significantly better football in order to achieve our objectives," said BVB coach Edin Terzic, who critically analysed the match with his team. "Except for the game in Heidenheim, we have always taken a step forward and we kept a clean sheet there too. We have only conceded one goal in our four games and that was an own goal by Nico Schlotterbeck." At the other end, the BVB players have scored 10 goals. "We're always capable of scoring goals. We want to show that tomorrow."

On the personnel front, the coach has more options again. Terzic has recently been without many players through injury and illness, with nine players unavailable for the match against Heidenheim. Aside from long-term injury absentee Felix Nmecha, who is still in fitness training, and Sebastien Haller, who has reached the Africa Cup of Nations final, all the other players are an option for the squad. Whether Jadon Sancho, who has recently missed out with muscular problems, can play will only be decided on game day. The attacking player has only trained individually this week but he is expected to return to the team setup on Thursday."

Five home wins on the bounce against Freiburg

Opponents SC Freiburg are currently seventh in the table. Their opening four matches of the year have yielded one victory over Hoffenheim, a draw against Union Berlin and two defeats against Bremen and Stuttgart in their last two games. In meetings with BVB, the Black & Yellows have the statistical upper hand: Borussia have taken 43 out of a possible 45 points from the last 15 meetings in Dortmund. BVB have won the last five home games against the Breisgau outfit by 17-2 goals.

BVB won 5-1 at home almost exactly a year ago, while the reverse fixture was won by BVB too: Mats Hummels (2), Donyell Malen and Marco Reus scored in a 4-2 come-from-behind victory in September 2023. "We know how unpleasant SC Freiburg are as opponents. They stay true to their approach, they'll do that tomorrow too. The matches are often close," said Terzic, who nonetheless emphasised: "We're determined to get the next three points at our stadium in front of our fans."

If they manage that, BVB will extend their unbeaten start to the year to five games.
Christina Reinke

BVB TV by 1&1: The press conference prior to the game in Freiburg