Bayern Munich may have a perfect nine points from three Bundesliga games this season, but the Bavarians sit just third in the league table behind Leverkusen and Dortmund. But the Bavarian giants have a chance to lead German top flight for the first time this season as they take on Freiburg at the Mage Solar Stadion on Tuesday.
The visitors have passed all their tests thus far but still appear capable of reaching a higher level. In Saturday's 2-0 home win in the Bavarian derby with Nurnberg, they only broke the deadlock after 69 minutes. And indeed, the 2013 treble winners may need to step up their performance if they are to extend their streak.
Freiburg took their first point of the season on Saturday in a thrilling 3-3 draw with Hoffenheim. The Breusgau only lost five times at home last season however, and Christian Streich's side will be ready to put their illustrious opponents to the test.
When: Tuesday, Aug. 27 at 12:30 p.m. ET (6:30 p.m. CET)
Where: Mage Solar Stadion, Freiburg
Freiburg Player to Watch: Matthias Ginter
The crown jewel of the Freiburg academy, Ginter has been a first-team regular since the age of 18. The highly rated center-back was Germany's youngest player at this summer's Under-21 European Championship, and he will be looking to affirm his quality with standout displays in the 2013-14 season. The two Bundesliga meetings with Bayern will provide the biggest stage for Ginter, who will have to be at his very best in order to keep the visitors at bay.
Bayern Player to Watch: Mario Goetze
Bayern's €37 million summer signing made his competitive debut on Saturday, but he looked out of place in Pep Guardiola's star-studded lineup and was withdrawn after 62 minutes. With future potential included, he is one of the greatest talents in world football, and it's only a matter of time before he finds his role with the Munich giants. Will he make his breakthrough in Freiburg? Time will tell.
Freiburg lost both of their fixtures with Bayern last season, failing to score in the process. And this season's side, player-for-player, is no improvement. Critically, Streich has been forced to create a very different team from the one that finished fifth in the Bundesliga last season, with key figures like Max Kruse, Cedric Makiadi, Jan Rosenthal and Daniel Caligiuri, among others, having left the club.
Bayern have not yet hit their highest gear either, but for Freiburg to stand a chance, they would need to be at their best. The Bavarians have unrivaled firepower in attack, immense experience, and most of their players are well accustomed to playing together. Even in a hostile environment, expect Bayern to dominate and win this match.
Freiburg 0-2 Bayern