Freiburg take on the visitors Werder Bremen in the round 2 match of German Bundesliga. The match will be played on Saturday, August 26th at Europa-Park Stadion (Freiburg).
Last season, Freiburg fought for a spot in the top 4 of the championship and a place in the Champions League zone until the last round. Yes, they stumbled towards the end, but the season can still be considered a success. Christian Streich's team finished fifth in the Bundesliga, reached the final of the domestic cup, and made it to the Europa League round of 16. In the new season, the team started with a well-deserved away victory over Hoffenheim (2-1), outshooting the opponent in terms of xG and scoring twice before halftime. In their first home match of the season, Freiburg are unlikely to drop points, as, in reality, Werder are not stronger than the village team and noticeably lags behind in class compared to the current squad from Breisgau.
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At the end of the previous season, the musicians finished 13th in the Bundesliga table, right behind Hoffenheim. They were only three points ahead of Stuttgart, who had to play relegation-promotion matches to retain their place in the league. The new season didn't start well for Werder either. It would have been hard to come up with a worse opponent than Bayern Munich for the opening match, even in Bremen. As a result, the Munich team cruised past green and white with a 4-0 victory. Werder managed to direct only one shot on target. Of course, Freiburg are not Bayern Munich. However, the musicians now have to play away from home.
In recent years, Freiburg and Werder have been teams with completely different levels and ambitions. One is vying for a spot in European competitions, while the other is fighting to stay in the Bundesliga. Under Christian Streich's guidance, Freiburg objectively goes into this match as favorites. There's no need to overcomplicate things for this match, and I'm simply taking a Home Win at a reasonable odds. In the previous season, Freiburg defeated Werder twice: 2-0 at home and 2-1 away. I believe that this time around, they will also secure a victory against the musicians on their home turf.
Prediction for the match: Freiburg to win.