by MACAULAY DALEY
Christian Streich will be hoping to continue his fantastic run of form against Koln, when his Freiburg side travel to the RheinEnergieStadion to kick off the third matchday in the Bundesliga.
After taking charge of the side midway through the 2011/12 season, Streich has won all four of his matches against Die Geiβbӧcke, with Koln having only won two matches against their opponents in twelve years.
Both sides have got off to solid starts after two games. This is the home sides third season back in the top division and they won their opening match 2-0 against Darmstadt, before picking up a very respectable point away at Wolfsburg.
After winning promotion back to the Bundesliga at the first time of asking in the last campaign, Freiburg conceded a last minute winner away at Hertha on week one, but they bounced back in emphatic fashion last weekend with a convincing 3-1 home win over Borussia Monchengladbach.
Despite having a far inferior record against Bresigau-Brasilianer, Peter Stoger’s side go into the match on the back of a seven match unbeaten run, which stretches back to April.
Bayern Munich go into their match at home to Ingolstadt as one of only two sides that hold a 100% record in the league this season.
Following 6-0 and 2-0 wins over Werder Bremen and Schalke 04 respectively, Bayern are justifying their tag as favourites for a fifth consecutive Bundesliga title.
Carlo Ancelotti’s men are also yet to concede a goal in any competitive fixture this season, and that run doesn’t look like coming to an end against an Ingolstadt side who have only scored once this season, an equaliser against Hamburg on the opening weekend.
Die Schanzer will also have to contend with one of the most dangerous marksmen in world football; Robert Lewandowski.
The Polish striker’s goal against Rostov on Tuesday night was his eighth in just five games this season, as he looks to better his tally of 42 goals from the previous campaign.
Hertha Berlin are the other team in the league with a perfect start, after they won their opening two Bundesliga matches for the first time in their history.
They host Markus Weinzierl’s Schalke, who sit joint bottom of the league, having lost both of their matches and failing to score in either of them.
After failing to score in 18 months, Julian Schieber has two in two for Hertha this season, coming off of the bench to score in both of their matches so far and will be hoping to start at the Olympiastadion.
Weinzierl’s men will be buoyed by the fact that they have only lost once to Die Alte Dame in eight years, although Pal Dardai’s side won the fixture 2-0 last season.
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