Today in the German Volleyball Bundesliga, Freiburg and Düren will face each other.
Freiburg is experiencing a difficult period in the German Volleyball Bundesliga, having lost five consecutive matches. They currently hold the 9th position out of 12 teams in the championship, being only one point away from the relegation zone. Their overall performance includes three wins and twelve losses. Freiburg's recent matches: Against Dachau on 19 January - a 0:3 loss. Against Haching Munchen on 14 January - a 0:3 loss. Against Bitterfeld on 7 January - a 1:3 loss. Against Friedrichshafen on 2 January - a 0:3 loss. Against Herrsching on 30 December - a 1:3 loss.
This series of defeats highlights the serious difficulties the team is facing. Notably, Haching Munchen, in the 11th position, secured their only victory in the last three months against Freiburg. Freiburg managed only one win in the last 14 rounds, defeating the bottom team, Netzhoppers, who have only one win this season. The current position of Freiburg in the league table and their latest results underline the need for urgent improvements in their gameplay to avoid the risk of relegation.
Düren holds the 5th place in the German Volleyball Bundesliga, trailing by five points behind Giesen, who is in the second position. In their last five matches, Düren achieved three victories but also faced two defeats against the league leaders. Düren's recent games: against Netzhoppers on 21 January – a 3:1 win, giving away only one set to the team at the bottom of the league. Against Dachau on 13 January – a confident 3:0 victory. Against Giesen on 6 January – a 1:3 loss in an important face-off with one of the league leaders. Against Haching Munchen on 4 January – a 3:0 win. Against Berlin on 30 December – a 1:3 loss, with Berlin being the Bundesliga leader.
These results indicate that Düren struggles in matches against the top teams of the league, such as Giesen and Berlin, losing 1:3 in sets. However, the team shows confidence and strength in games against weaker opponents, winning by large margins, as seen in matches against Dachau and Haching Munchen. This demonstrates that Düren is a competitive team in the Bundesliga, but they need to strengthen their game for successful performances against stronger opponents to improve their chances of achieving higher positions in the championship.
In 2023, Düren and Freiburg met twice, with Düren winning both encounters. The first match on 14 November in the German Volleyball Bundesliga ended with a 3:1 victory for Düren, and the second encounter on 22 October in the VBLS tournament concluded with a 2:0 win.
Given Freiburg's dismal position in the table, my bet is on Düren, who consistently plays well against lower-ranked teams.