Bayern Munich: Three things to watch against Freiburg

Thomas Muller and Robert Lewandowski will have their work cut out against resolute defense of Freiburg. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)
Thomas Muller and Robert Lewandowski will have their work cut out against resolute defense of Freiburg. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images) /
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Bayern Munich hosts Freiburg in their final fixture before the November international break begins. The two clubs are separated by just three points in the Bundesliga table as Freiburg is the only undefeated club remaining in the German top-flight. Bayern enters atop the league table while Freiburg sits in third place. This top-of-the-table clash is one of the key fixtures of the weekend in the Bundesliga and promises to be an exciting match. Here are three things to watch for ahead of Saturday’s fixture.

Best defensive record vs. Best offensive record

Freiburg has posted the best defensive record in the Bundesliga with just seven goals conceded in ten matches. They are averaging less than one goal conceded per match and it has been a key reason for their undefeated start to the campaign. With four clean sheets, they are co-league leaders for most shutouts recorded.

While Bayern has registered just ten goals conceded and is not far adrift from Freiburg in that category, where they have been the most impressive is producing goals. With 38 goals in ten matches, they lead the Bundesliga in goals scored. They set a record last weekend for most goals scored in the German top-flight after just ten matches played.

In only two of their ten league matches, this season has Bayern been held to one goal. Both of those occurrences resulted in Bayern’s only loss and draw in the Bundesliga so far. Freiburg will be looking to become the latest Bundesliga side to hold Bayern’s high-powered offense.

If Freiburg is able to keep Bayern from scoring multiple goals then there’s a good chance they will take a positive result away from this match. Holding Bayern to less than three goals has been one way to defeat them as no clubs have been able to defeat Bayern when they have scored three goals or more.

Closely contested fixtures

Only two of Bayern and Freiburg’s last six meetings have been decided by a two-goal margin. Three other meetings have ended in draws and one other was a one-goal margin of victory. Freiburg has certainly been a resilient side against Bayern in recent years and they will be looking to pick up at least a point when they visit the Allianz Arena on Saturday.

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Robert Lewandowski scoring streak

Lewandowski has scored in every single one of his last five appearances against Freiburg which has resulted in six goals scored. He will be looking to make it six matches in a row and add to his season goal tally. The Bayern striker has been in terrific form and is currently leading the Bundesliga in goals scored. In mid-week UEFA Champions League action, Lewandowski recorded a hat-trick against Benfica to eclipse 20 goals scored in all competitions this season.