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Freiburg vs. Bayern Munich, Bundesliga: Fixture, TV Schedule, and Match Preview

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Bayern have nothing to play for, but that does not mean they will be unable to beat a team who does.

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With no Champions League, no DFB-Pokal, and the Bundesliga title already in their grasp, Bayern Munich enter the final two matches of their Bundesliga season with nothing to play for. Their trip to Freiburg will involve a type of match they have not played since 1997, when they had no competition to look forward to.

This existential stigma at Bayern could benefit Freiburg greatly, who are in the fight of their lives at the bottom of the Bundesliga table. They have gone a month without winning a match, not a good sign for a club desperate for points. They are no stranger for pilfering points away from Bayern when they need to though.

It was last year of course where Freiburg were able to win back a point against Bayern before the UEFA Super Cup, Nicolas Höfler finding an equalizer in the 81st minute. Bayern may not rest as many players as they did back then though, for there is nothing for Pep Guardiola to save his players for. If Freiburg want to earn some valuable points at home, Bayern is going to make the Breisgau-Brasilianer earn them.

The Match (33rd Meeting)

Location: Schwarzwald-Stadion, Freiburg, Germany

Referees
Head: Tobias Welz
FC Bayern: 8 W, 1 D, 1 L – 11 YC

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Television and Streaming:
US: GolTV, MyGermanTV +, Fubo TV
Canada: GolTV
Germany: Sky Go, TeleClub Sport Live
Other Countries

The Fixture

Form

FC Bayern: WLLLL
Freiburg: DLDLD

Records

Bundesliga: 22 W, 6 D, 3 L
DFB Pokal: 1 W, 0 D, 0 L

Largest Victory: 7-0 (Bundesliga: September 9, 2011, Munich; DFB-Pokal: March 2, 2005, Munich)
Largest Defeat: 1-5 (Bundesliga: August 23, 1994, Freiburg)

The Squad

With nothing to play for and nothing to look forward to, what type of team does Guardiola decide to field? It is a situation he never has had to deal with before, even in his days in Barcelona. He could field a team of reserve players, but what would he be saving his first team for?

What Guardiola can do is get more creative with his tactics, something he did anyways when the Bundesliga title was in his hands. One of those could be putting Javi Martínez back in a back three, something the gaffer did in the preseason as well as the DFL-Supercup. Against the two upfront for Freiburg, it is the perfect counter anyways, so why not reward the Spain international for working his way back from his knee injury?

One player who should come back into the starting XI is Mario Götze, who has started the last five Bundesliga matches for Bayern. Guardiola waited until the waining minutes of the second leg against Barcelona to deploy the 22-year-old, but unless there is distain between the two, he should be back in the XI at the weekend.

No one will be able to project how many reserves come into the side, but this is the perfect type of match for Guardiola to get a good long look at how some of the youngsters fit into the side. Reserve keeper Ivan Lucic may have to get a start of Manuel Neuer is unable to play, and Gianluca Gaudino and Sinan Kurt are not out of the question.

The way Bayern show up will be interesting to watch, and without a victory in the Bundesliga since clinching the title, it might not being a showing worth remembering.

Projected Lineup (3-4-3):

Mario Götze – Robert Lewandowski – Thomas Müller

Juan Bernat – Thiago Alcântara – Bastian Schweinsteiger – Sebastian Rode

Jérôme Boateng – Medhi Benatia – Javi Martínez

Manuel Neuer

Bench: Ivan Lucic, Rafinha , Gianluca Gaudino, Xabi Alonso, Philipp Lahm, Mitchell Weiser, Claudio Pizarro

Out/Suspended: David Alaba (knee), Holger Badstuber (thigh), Dante (yellow card), Pepe Reina (red card), Franck Ribéry (ankle), Arjen Robben (calf), Tom Starke (ankle)

The Opponent

An arduous season consistently around the relegation zone has so far resulted in safety, but the only think keeping them there is their goal difference. The 2. Bundesliga is a real possibility still over the next two matches, and Christian Streich has to find a way to keep his club safe.

Streich has stuck with his meat and potatoes all season, not rotating his squad too much or shifting his tactics around. That has allowed Freiburg to have an above-average defense, but they have been unable to keep up much of the time.

Adding Nils Petersen on loan has certainly helped, especially when a hat trick in his first appearance gave Freiburg nearly a tenth of the points they have. He and his seven goals with Freiburg have not been enough though, and Admir Mehmedi has not been able to build on his breakout season a year ago.

Streich has kept his team very organized at the back, his team defending together to limit menacing chances. The quality of players is not high enough though, and they eventually succumb to the pressure and concede.

Even against a Bayern B-team, Freiburg is going to have to bring their A-game in order to survive.

Projected Lineup (4-4-2):

Admir Mehmedi – Nils Petersen

Felix Klaus – Jonathan Schmid – Vladimir Darida – Nicolas Höfler

Christian Günter – Stefan Mitrović – Pavel Krmas – Mensur Mujdza

Roman Bürki

Bench: Daniel Batz, Immanuel Höhn, Marc-Oliver Kempf, Sascha Riether, Maximilian Philipp, Julian Schuster, Karim Guedé

Out/Suspended: Mats Möller Daehli (knee), Oliver Sorg (pelvis)

The Outcome

This match has the potential to be worse than a colonoscopy. With a match at midweek, it is hard to see what kind of drive Bayern could have, and hats off to them if they are able to muster the drive to continue their success. Freiburg's best chance is to snatch a goal against the run of play, but four goals in three matches against relegation rivals diminishes the probability of that happening. Bayern can come away with the victory, but it will not be pretty.

Projected Score: SC Freiburg (0-2) Bayern Munich

The Other Action

Bundesliga

FC Schalke 04 vs. SC Paderborn 07 (Saturday, 9:30 AM ET)
Bayer 04 Leverkusen vs. TSG 1899 Hoffenheim (Saturday, 9:30 AM ET)
VfL Wolfsburg vs. Borussia Dortmund (Saturday, 9:30 AM ET)
1. FSV Mainz 05 vs. 1. FC Köln (Saturday, 9:30 AM ET)
FC Augsburg vs. Hannover 96 (Saturday, 9:30 AM ET)
Hertha Berliner SC vs. Eintracht Frankfurt (Saturday, 12:30 PM ET)
SV Werder Bremen vs. Borussia Mönchengladbach (Sunday, 9:30 AM ET)
VfB Stuttgart vs. Hamburger SV (Sunday, 11:30 AM ET)

The Table

Team W D L F A GD Pts.
Bayern Munich 24 4 4 77 16 +61 76
VfL Wolfsburg 19 8 5 68 35 +33 65
Borussia Mönchengaldbach 18 9 5 50 23 +27 63
Bayer 04 Leverkusen 16 10 6 59 35 +24 58
FC Augsburg 14 4 14 39 40 -1 46
FC Schalke 04 12 9 11 41 38 +3 45
Borussia Dortmund 12 7 13 43 38 +5 43
SV Werder Bremen 11 10 11 48 60 -12 43
TSG 1899 Hoffenheim 11 8 13 47 52 -5 41
1. FC Köln 9 12 11 32 36 -4 39
Eintracht Frankfurt 10 9 13 54 61 -7 39
1. FSV Mainz 05 8 13 11 43 45 -2 37
Hertha Berliner SC 9 7 16 35 50 -15 34
Hamburger SV 8 8 16 22 48 -26 32
SC Freiburg 6 13 13 33 44 -11 31
Hannover 96 7 10 15 36 54 -18 31
SC Paderborn 07 7 10 15 30 62 -32 31
VfB Stuttgart 7 9 16 38 58 -20 30