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Gulde (29'), Gunter (81')
Sallai (17')
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Lewandowski (26' pen.), Sane (53')
Davies (87'), Alaba (90')

Preview: Freiburg vs. Bayern Munich - prediction, team news, lineups

:Headline: Preview: Freiburg vs. Bayern Munich - prediction, team news, lineups:
Sports Mole previews Saturday's Bundesliga clash between Freiburg and Bayern Munich, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.
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Freiburg take on Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga on Saturday, with the hosts still in the hunt for a place in next season's inaugural UEFA Europa Conference League.

The visitors, meanwhile, wrapped up a ninth successive Bundesliga title last weekend.

Match preview

Freiburg bounced back from a disappointing defeat to Hertha Berlin with an impressive 4-1 win away to FC Koln last weekend.

Dreadful play by the hosts inside their own penalty area allowed Nils Petersen to break the deadlock from close range, before Ermedin Demirovic doubled Christian Streich's side's lead only two minutes later after a slick move down the right flank.

Sebastian Andersson pulled one back after the break with a superb left-footed volley into the top corner, before Ondrej Duda spurned a glorious opportunity to level the proceedings by slipping as he struck his penalty, with the ball flying harmlessly over the bar as a result.

With Friedhelm Funkel's relegation threatened side desperately pushing for an equaliser in the closing stages, Vincenzo Grifo and Jonathan Schmid added to their pain by scoring two excellent counter-attacking goals in injury time to ensure Freiburg's outside hopes of competing in Europe remain intact heading into the final two matches of the season.

Bayern's ninth consecutive league title was confirmed after RB Leipzig lost 3-2 to Borussia Dortmund earlier on Saturday, with Hansi Flick's side clearly benefitting from the pressure which had been lifted from their shoulders by dismantling Borussia Monchengladbach 6-0.

Robert Lewandowski moved only one goal behind Gerd Muller's record tally of 40 Bundesliga goals in a season by scoring his fifth league hat-trick of the campaign, with his acrobatic second the pick of the bunch, as he flew through the air to beat Yann Sommer at his near post with a superb scissor kick.

Thomas Muller, Kingsley Coman and Leroy Sane also got themselves on the scoresheet against an extremely passive Gladbach defence, with Tanguy Nianzou's 75th-minute dismissal doing little to add any life into Marco Rose's side's performance.

While Flick will be keen to leave the club on a high ahead of his summer departure, Bayern's main priority in their final two matches will be helping Lewandowski break Muller's long-standing record.

The Poland forward only needs two goals to do so, so it would be extremely surprising if he does not do it given how consistently prolific he has been this season.

Freiburg Bundesliga form:
  • L
  • L
  • W
  • D
  • L
  • W

Bayern Munich Bundesliga form:
  • W
  • D
  • W
  • W
  • L
  • W

Bayern Munich form (all competitions):
  • D
  • W
  • W
  • W
  • L
  • W

Team News

Freiburg will remain without Dominique Heintz, who has been ruled out for the rest of the season with a back injury, while Manuel Gulde may not play again this campaign after suffering a calf injury during the win against Koln.

Keven Schlotterbeck should replace Gulde from the start, while Streich may bring Baptiste Santamaria back into the side in place of Petersen in order to reduce the pressure on his defence.

Mark Flekken should continue in goal having recovered from injury, with reports indicating that Streich has little interest in turning Florian Muller's loan move from Mainz 05 into a permanent one.

Bayern, meanwhile, will travel without Nianzou, who will not play again this season due to incurring a two-match suspension for his straight red card against Gladbach last weekend.

Leon Goretzka lasted just nine minutes as a second-half substitute before being withdrawn due to a hamstring injury, which is likely to keep him out of Bayern's last two matches as he prepares to get himself fit for Germany's Euro 2020 squad.

Eric Choupo-Moting is a doubt due to a back problem, while Ron-Thorben Hoffmann, Douglas Costa and Corentin Tolisso are unlikely to return from their long-term injuries before the end of the campaign.

With the title already wrapped up, Jamal Musiala is likely to start once again as the 18-year-old hopes to add to his top-flight experience.

Freiburg possible starting lineup:
Flekken; Kubler, Lienhart, Schlotterbeck, Gunter; Keitel, Hofler, Santamaria; Sallai, Demirovic, Grifo

Bayern Munich possible starting lineup:
Neuer; Pavard, Sule, Hernandez, Davies; Kimmich, Alaba; Coman, Muller, Musiala; Lewandowski

We say: Freiburg 1-4 Bayern Munich

With little at stake for either side, we expect Bayern to benefit from another open encounter.

While the Bavarians are unlikely to find Freiburg's defence as accommodating as Gladbach's last week, this could be the match in which Lewandowski sensationally breaks Muller's record for most goals scored in a Bundesliga season.

Top tip

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Bundesliga Table
CBayern MunichBayern34246499445578
2RB Leipzig34198760322865
3Borussia DortmundDortmund342041075462964
5Eintracht FrankfurtFrankfurt341612669531660
6Bayer LeverkusenB. Leverkusen3414101053391452
7Union BerlinUnion Berlin34121485043750
8Borussia MonchengladbachBorussia M'bach341310116456849
12Mainz 0534109153956-1739
14Hertha Berlin34811154152-1135
15Arminia Bielefeld3498172652-2635
16FC Koln3489173460-2633
RWerder Bremen34710173657-2131
RSchalke 04Schalke3437242586-6116
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