Freiburg ready for Bayern test
The final whistle on the 13th round of Bundesliga matches may have just sounded, yet the clubs are already preparing for the next matchday this midweek with much movement likely behind the top five.
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Freiburg moved up to sixth in the table with a 3-0 win over Stuttgart and they host leaders Bayern Munich on Wednesday, aware that they must keep up their present form or risk dropping as many as six places.
"This just shows how the Bundesliga is," said Stuttgart coach Bruno Labbadia after his side's defeat in the Black Forest prevented them from moving into sixth spot, and left them instead in 12th.
"You just can't lower your guard for a second, and Freiburg took full advantage."
Only six points separate Freiburg in sixth from Nurnberg in 15th as nine clubs continue to jostle for position, and to know whether they could be challenging for places in Europe this season or fighting a long, hard battle against relegation.
The latter is looking increasingly the case for Hoffenheim after their defeat at home to Bayer Leverkusen and their coach Markus Babbel's job is on the line when they travel to Nurnberg in the last midweek fixture to kick off this Wednesday.
"I know how the business works," the former Stuttgart and Hertha Berlin coach said.
Behind Hoffenheim, Greuther Furth and Augsburg both have tricky away games as they search for only their second wins of the season.
Furth head to Hannover on Tuesday while Augsburg, who were only five minutes away from beating Borussia Monchengladbach, make the short trip to Stuttgart on Wednesday.
At the top of the table, Borussia Dortmund host Fortuna Dusseldorf, Schalke travel to Hamburg and Eintracht Frankfurt are involved in a local derby with Mainz, all on Tuesday night.
Elsewhere, Borussia Monchengladbach host Wolfsburg and Werder Bremen tackle Bayer Leverkusen on Wednesday night.