Freiburg vs Liberec by Gustav
Freiburg is coming from a 2:1 defeat last weekend away from home against Augsburg. They are now without a victory for five consecutive matches and their optimism is soon to come to an end. After five rounds, they have two draws and three defeats being second from the bottom while it's obvious the team will have to change something soon in case of no improvement.
They lost in Augsburg, although they were the first one to score the goal in 46th minute, but failed to make the game much calmer from then on. They were under huge pressure from their hosts, who equalized in 62nd minute and although it looked like they have the control over the game, home side scored once more couple of minutes before the full time whistle. Tonight, they will try to get the first victory in the season, but also to improve the atmosphere in their locker room, as the team plays their first European match after twelve years. Coach Streich has no new problems in front of the start of Europa League, as he continues to be without midfielder Darida who is yet to make the debut for Freiburg. Right back Mujdza losses his third game, with substitute left midfielder Zuck being out for the third game. Left midfielder Pilar who got recently signed has started training, but the game still comes early for him.
Slovan Liberec made a great surprise in the last Europa League round, as they excluded Udinese in the play off stage being way more competitive in both games earning their spot in the group stage with a 3:1 victory in Udine and 1:1 draw in the returning leg. They are coming from a 1:1 draw at home against Plzen last Friday.
With this draw they are now counting six victories, draw and a defeat, being currently at third position with three points less than league leaders from Sparta Prague. Tonight they will search for the first victory in their history against the German club, as they previously have two draws and four defeats against them. They have demonstrated to be capable of making damage, especially away from home, as the team uses counter attacks more than well during the game. They have no new problems in the roster, as midfielder Sackey was rested in a match against Plzen and is now fit for all ninety minutes.
Feriburg is entering game with a target to win it and improve their morale in front of Bundesliga duties, while Liberec proved that they are very dangerous away from home and capable of scoring goals on counter attacks easily. Goals are expected here as neither of sides come to defend, with the final outcome being very tough to predict.