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Opposition Form Report: Freiburg, Braunschweig Can't Win at Home

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Freiburg cannot take a survival lifeline as Braunschweig takes another step back from promotion.

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Bundesliga

SC Freiburg (0-0) Hamburger SV

This was a match that would have gone a long way towards SC Freiburg's survival in the Bundesliga, and it was a match that they could not get up for. The midfield had perhaps its worst match of the season, losing the ball often and surrounding a penalty kick. Sascha Riether's return from a muscle strain was a positive, but the fact that he had the most shots for Freiburg was a negative. Hamburg did not put the same pressure on Freiburg's defense that Bayern will, which will make a long trip east for Freiburg.

Freiburg XI (4-4-2): Bürki – Riether, Torrejón, Kempf, Günter – Klaus (Zulechner 81'), Höfler (Schüster 46'), Darida, Schmid – Guédé (Schahin 71'), Mehmedi

DFB-Pokal

Eintracht Braunschweig (1-1) 1. FC Union Berlin

1-0 EBS: Ryu Seung-Woo (22')
1-1 FCU: Maxi Thiel (28')

This match for Braunschweig exposed a lot of weaknesses, ones that Bayern will easily exploit. Without Ryu Seung-Woo or Håvard Nielsen tracking back to assist with build-up play, Braunschweig had trouble maintaining possession of the ball. When they had possession, their defenders tapped the ball around, trying to find an opening to launch the ball forward. Despite their six match winning streak, dropped points in their last two matches has seen them fall four spots at the top of the 2. Bundesliga table, a sign that they might have performing a bit over their heads this season.

Braunschweig XI (4-4-2): Gikiewicz – Kessel, Marcel Correia, Reichel, Hedenstad – Korte (Hochscheidt 80'), Pfitzner (Theuerkauf 68'), Boland, Zuck – Nielsen (Kruppke 67'), Ryu

UEFA Champions League

Potential Draw Opponent Scores

Arsenal (4-1) Newcastle United
ARS: Olivier Giroud (15', 58'), Santi Cazorla (54', P 88')
NUFC: Ayoze Pérez (63')

Juventus (1-1) Sampdoria
JUV: Patrice Evra (12')
SAM: Manolo Gabbiadini (51')

En Avant Guingamp (1-0) Paris-Saint Germain
GUI: Jérémy Pied

*FC Basel 1893 and Shakhtar Donetsk are currently on their winter breaks.