Record against Freiburg
Overall: 25 wins, 5 draws, 17 defeats, 76:63 goal difference.
Bundesliga: 21 wins, 5 draws, 16 defeats, 69:58 goal difference.
Freiburg won both meetings last season. The first game in Stuttgart ended in a 1-0 reverse, while Freiburg earned a 2-1 victory at the Europa-Park Stadion.
There will be a familiar face on the opposite half of the pitch in the form of 25-year-old Freiburg goalkeeper Florian Müller, who spent the last two seasons in Stuttgart. Elsewhere, Pascal Stenzel (2016-2019) and Woo-yeong Jeong (2019-2023) are both former Freiburg players.
Freiburg coach Christian Streich has won three of his five fixtures against Sebastian Hoeneß. The current VfB boss won one of those meetings with former side TSG Hoffenheim, while there has been one draw.
Josha Vagnoman, Deniz Undav, Laurin Ulrich and Nikolas Nartey are all unavailable due to injury. Enzo Millot is fit again following a calf complaint and Angelo Stiller is ready to make his debut as a VfB player.
The MHPArena is sold out at its 54,000 capacity. A total of 4,700 away fans will accompany Freiburg to Stuttgart.