Freiburg rout Stuttgart as Bayern loom
Freiburg warmed up for the visit of league leaders Bayern Munich in midweek with an impressive 3-0 victory at home to VfB Stuttgart on Sunday to break into the Bundesliga's top six.
Bayern will be the visitors on Wednesday, with a round of Bundesliga matches being played midweek, and they can expect a tough match at Freiburg's Mage Solar Stadion based on Sunday's display.
Just moments after Stuttgart's Serbia midfielder Zdravko Kuzmanovic had slammed his shot off the post, Freiburg took the lead at the other end when Jan Rosenthal fired home from just outside the penalty area on 22 minutes.
Freiburg turned the screw in the second-half as Czech Republic defender Pavel Krmas netted their second on 67 minutes, then midfielder Max Kruse netted the third just six minutes later.
Having seen off Hanover 96 2-1 last weekend, Freiburg are now unbeaten in their last four league games, while defeat leaves Stuttgart 12th in the league.
Later Sunday, Hoffenheim are at home to Bayer Leverkusen without Germany goalkeeper Tim Wiese, who injured his right knee in training on Saturday, while bottom side Augsburg host Moenchengladbach.
On Saturday, Bayern romped to a 5-0 win at home to Hanover 96 to extend their lead at the top to nine points.
Bayern set another Bundesliga record of 34 points from the first 13 games, but defending champions Borussia Dortmund moved up to second after they came from behind to win 2-1 at Mainz and secure their third straight away win.
Schalke dropped to third after drawing 1-1 with Eintracht Frankfurt, who are fourth, in Gelsenkirchen.
Dutch striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, who has been linked with a move to Arsenal in the winter break, opened the scoring on 11 minutes to claim his first Bundeliga goal in 580 minutes.
The lead lasted only 105 seconds as Stefan Aigner headed Frankfurt level, but Eintracht were reduced to 10 men when Karim Matmour was dismissed for a second yellow card on 87 minutes.
Wolfsburg held Werder Bremen to a 1-1 draw as Wolves' director of sport Klaus Allofs met the north German team he left earlier this month after 13 years.
It was goalless in the Bundesliga's first Franconian derby as Nuremberg were held by their neighbours Greuther Fuerth as both sides finished with 10 men.
On Friday, Hamburg's Dutch midfielder Rafael van der Vaart looks to hgave been ruled out for the rest of this year after suffering a suspected hamstring tear in his team's 2-0 defeat at Fortuna Duesseldorf.
Hamburg are 10th in the league, while Duesseldorf, 14th, earned their first home win this season since their promotion -- their first home victory in the Bundesliga for 15 years.