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Preview: Bayern Munich vs Freiburg round 2

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Can we have another BBQ? Pretty please?

SINSHEIM, GERMANY - FEBRUARY 24: Head coach Christian Streich of Freiburg looks on prior to the Bundesliga match between TSG 1899 Hoffenheim and Sport-Club Freiburg at Wirsol Rhein-Neckar-Arena on February 24, 2018 in Sinsheim, Germany.
SINSHEIM, GERMANY - FEBRUARY 24: Head coach Christian Streich of Freiburg looks on prior to the Bundesliga match between TSG 1899 Hoffenheim and Sport-Club Freiburg at Wirsol Rhein-Neckar-Arena on February 24, 2018 in Sinsheim, Germany.
Photo by Christof Koepsel/Bongarts/Getty Images

Well, this brings back some memories. The last time Bayern Munich faced Freiburg away, it needed a last gasp goal from Robert Lewandowski to win the game. However, that was under Carlo Ancelotti (and Freiburg had frozen half their pitch for some reason). This time it's Jupp, and it's an entirely different ball game.

No James Rodriguez for Bayern

Jupp Heynckes confirmed that Colombian star James Rodriguez will not play the game as a precaution. The 26-year old suffered a slight ankle injury in Bayern’s Champions League clash against Besiktas, and the club don’t want to rush him back. Franck Ribery will also be unavailable due to a stomach bug, which puts the Bavarians in a difficult position. With Kingsley Coman out injured, only Juan Bernat and David Alaba remain as potential left wingers.

In midfield, some amount of rotation can be expected. Jupp Heynckes has plenty of options, so it’s anyone’s guess as to who he might choose to play against Freiburg.

Here’s how Bayern might line up on Sunday:

Freiburg: What are they?

Owing to the schizophrenic nature of the Bundesliga, it’s very hard to evaluate SC Freiburg with any accuracy. They sit in 13th place at the moment, but they are also closer to 2nd place (Borussia Dortmund, 41 points) than Dortmund are to Bayern. Freiburg manager Christian Streich has been linked to Bayern, so there’s something to watch out for.

Also, it seems that SC Freiburg are the only Bundesliga team without an English twitter account.