Freund has started the new season well with three podium finishes, including victory ahead of overall leader Anders Fannemel in Nizhny Tagil earlier this month.

The Four Hills schedule sees the jumpers take in four events in 10 days, and Germany's Freund feels he is well placed to emerge victorious - especially with the first two legs of the tournament taking place in his homeland.

"The combination of tradition and sporting demand makes the Four Hills tournament special," he said.

"Not to forget, the fantastic home crowd, that will create a great atmosphere in the arenas.

"My preparation for this Four Hills went according to plan so far. I got myself into a good shape over the past weeks and so I have a good starting position to be among the best.

"I'm very satisfied with my two podium finishes and the win this World Cup season.

"I'm confident for this tournament and I want to fight for the win."

After this weekend's opening round in Overstdorf, the Four Hills moves to Garmisch-Partenkirchen, before moving to Innsbruck and Bischofshofen in Austria.