Our prediction for this Bundesliga match:
Freiburg will look to build on a hard-fought 1-0 win over Stuttgart when they face Bochum at Europa Park Stadion. Christian Streich’s troops have regained a much-needed confidence, but they need to keep on raising their form if they are to represent Germany in the Bundesliga next term. All Kimberly Ezekwem, Lukas Kubler, Lucas Holer, and Kevin Schade are out of contention with injuries, speaking of the home side.
Bochum, on the other hand, experienced all sorts of problems at the back in a 7-0 loss to Bayern Munich, and seeing that they are low on spirits ahead of the trip to Freiburg, we are tempted to put our money on the home side. All Antwi-Adjej, Horn, and Soares are out of contention through injuries, but there are no suspended players in the away team. In their last meeting at the venue Freiburg outplayed Bochum 3-0, and we predict that the history is going to repeat itself.
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.