Borussia Dortmund v Freiburg: Kagawa primed for return.
Freiburg travel to Signal Iduna Park today hoping to reverse last season’s dismal record against the Black and Yellows, which saw them lose to Jurgen Klopp’s side both home and away.
On their last Bundesliga trip to the Westfalenstadion, Christian Streich’s men were subjected to a 5-0 humiliation, but with Klopp’s side having already suffered defeat this season, Freiburg can hope to improve.
The hosts, meanwhile, will look to build on their first win of the season, a 3-2 triumph over Augsburg, with full viewing information and a preview of the key players likely to feature detailed ahead.
How coincidental that Shinji Kagawa‘s last opponent during his first spell as a Borussia Dortmund player should also turn out to be his first upon returning to Germany two years later.
The Japanese international played a heavy role in Dortmund’s final league game of the 2011-12 season, a 4-0 win over Freiburg that he’ll be hoping to recreate on Saturday afternoon.
With Marco Reus suffering a knock while away on international duty, it could be that Kagawa is called upon to provide the creative spark behind Klopp’s most advanced figures.
Should Reus be available, there can still be a place found for Kagawa in the side, and his return will mark an emotional moment for both him and the club alike.
Freiburg: Admir Mehmedi
Apart from Freiburg, Hamburg are the only club who have failed to find the back of the net so far this season, and forward Admir Mehmedi‘s shoulders a heavy burden in attempting to reverse that pattern this weekend.
he attacker missed a chance to win the game for his side last time out as Freiburg stumbled to a 0-0 stalemate against BorussiaMonchengladbach, Mehmedi missing a penalty.
The Swiss international is getting accustomed to the feeling of not winning after starting in his nation’s 2-0 defeat to England on Monday, and if anyone looks likely to break the Freiburg drought, it’s him.
Standing in his way is a Dortmund defence that’s already conceded four goals this term, and with Mats Hummels uncertain to feature due to a pelvic injury, Mehmedi can hope to capitalise.