Our prediction for this Bundesliga match:
Bochum and Freiburg square off against each other at Vonovia Ruhrstadion on day 21 of the 2022/2023 Bundesliga campaign. Bochum aim to escape the danger zone, and their fine home record is certainly giving fans a reason for optimism ahead of the visit of Freiburg. All Michael Esser, Paul Grave, and Cristian Gamboa are out of contention through injuries, but there are no suspended players in the home team.
Christian Streich’s troops, on the other hand, quickly bounced back from a 5-1 loss to Borussia Dortmund, with the team coming from behind to beat Stuttgart in front of home fans. Freiburg, though, are on a three-game losing run on the road, which is probably the main reason why we are going to bet on the relegation-threatened hosts. Midfielder Daniel-Kofi Kyereh should be the only absentee in the away team as Kiliann Sildillia is back from suspension.
Highlighted Player (Nils Petersen):
Son to a football coach, Andreas, the Freiburg striker Nils Petersen is a physical forward best known for his clinical finishing. A former Bayern Munich striker never got a chance to prove his worth with Bundesliga giants and had to take a long road to prominence which included loan spells at Werder Bremen and Freiburg, before penning a permanent deal with Die Breisaguer in 2015.
Petersen’s impressive exploits during the 2017/18 season helped him get into Germany’s provisional FIFA World Cup 2018 squad although his father Andreas would argue it was his personal influence that helped Joachim Loew write his son’s name in the 23-man list. Namely, Andres Piteresen spotted the Germany manager on a beach in January and decided to ask him about his son’s chances of making it into Germany World Cup squad.
Piteresen was rewarded with his senior Germany cap in an Austria friendly but unfortunately for his father missed out on the final squad for the tournament in Russia.