When the Bundesliga paused for the World Cup, Freiburg proudly sat in second place and took the rare accolade of being Bayern Munich's closest challengers.
However, after picking up just one win from their first three games into the new year, Christian Streich's men appear to have lost momentum.
Maintaining a title push on a small budget was always going to prove difficult, though that doesn't mean Freiburg can't have their say in the race for the Meisterschale.
The Breisgau Brazilians, who have dropped to fifth spot in the table, travel to Dortmund in a fixture which could have potential title implications.
BVB were nine points adrift of the top when the Bundesliga returned after the winter break, though after three straight wins Edin Terzic and his men are within touching distance of leaders Bayern Munich.
A victory for Dortmund on Saturday and a defeat for Bayern against Wolfsburg would leave both teams level on points with 15 games remaining.
While Freiburg will certainly pose a credible challenge, BVB should have the necessary tools to come away with all three points.
The team have lost just one home game this season across all competitions and are currently enjoying a three-match winning run in the Bundesliga.
What's more, Dortmund have won 13 of their last 14 games against Freiburg at the Signal Iduna Park, with their last defeat coming all the way back in 2001.
The man to watch is without doubt Jude Bellingham. The England international has already bagged 10 goals this season and looks in scintillating form.
With that in mind, Bellingham to score anytime and Dortmund to win outright are the two tips for Saturday's tasty Bundesliga clash.