Freiburg vs Kaiserslautern by Gustav
Freiburg won away to Sandhausen 0:2 in the last game. They maintained the absolute control in the match, but they were unable to reach a goal and create opportunities to score. Sandhausen made an extra defensive game and made things difficult for Freiburg, so Freiburg found the solution through set pieces and after the first goal things became more simple for them. This was the first victory in the new year for Freiburg and they regained a slight lead for winning the second place. At home they usually play aggresive and a fast pace game, while the guests prefer to play more slowly and carefully.
Main central midfielder Lucas Hufnagel (17 games, 3 goals), secondary striker Joshua Mees (without participation in the season), defensive midfielder and captain of the team Julian Schuster (8 games), substitute striker Tim Kleindienst (7 games) and substitute right back Lukas Kubler (without participation in the season) are all long term not available, so no new loss for Freiburg. Main left back Jonas Fohrenbach (7 games) is back to the squad after suspension.
Kaiserslautern drew at home 2-2 against Heidenheim in the last game. They had many problems in the first half as they could not create opportunities against a team that defended well, and at 45th minute they were found back to score. They avoided a second goal twice in the beginning of the second half, but managed to equalize and reached a good period after 55th minute where they played quite good football. They suffered the equalizer in the last minutes of the game and generally their performance was not full of confidence, neither they were in control of the game.
With this result they failed to follow up the victory away to Paderborn. They scored four goals there but this does not mean that they became a creative team suddenly. They usually have problems against teams that are defending well. Anyway, they are undefeated for five games now (2-3-0), but the stability and their general image does not convince that they can reach the promotion trio. Key attacking midfielder and captain of the team Daniel Halfar (20 games, 1 goal), main central defender Stipe Vucur (19 games, 4 goals) and main left midfielder Ruben Jenssen (20 games, 4 goals) will all miss the game due to cards.
Freiburg will seek a quick game and will make several attacks to score goals. Kaiserslautern will seek to make a courageous game, they will look for opportunities through counterattacks and they have given us many match with high scores. Away from home they have creative virtues and they are looking for goals. With this in mind, I think that both teams will score.