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Matchday in focus: A tough nut to crack

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SC Freiburg are enjoying their best ever start to a top-flight season – but recent history favours Eintracht.


Freiburg coach Christian Streich mostly switches between a 3-4-3 and a 4-4-2 formation, predominantly favouring the former during the current campaign.


Eintracht are still without Martin Pecar, while there are doubts over Christopher Lenz and Goncalo Paciencia. For the home side, Nils Petersen, Roland Sallai, Kimberly Ezekwem and Jonathan Schmid are unavailable. Nico Schlotterbeck is a doubt.

One to watch: Philipp Lienhart

The 25-year-old Austrian has been an ever-present for Freiburg this season, starting all 11 league matches as well as both cup ties. The 1.89-metre-tall centre-back boasts a pass completion rate of 86.3 per cent, which puts him in the top 25 players in the league. Statistically speaking, Lienhart makes 5.23 clearances per game – the sixth best figure in the Bundesliga.


Eintracht have won two of their last three away outings in the Bundesliga, having won just one in nine before that. Freiburg have only registered one victory in their last eight Bundesliga meetings against Eintracht. Streich’s men have collected 11 points from their first five home league matches this season, second only to their 12-point haul in 2016/17.


Eintracht and Freiburg have faced off 39 times to date, with the Eagles winning 16, the Black Forest club triumphing on 14 occasions and nine encounters ending in a draw.

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