The reigning champions are hoping to stay at the top of Bundesliga when they visit country’s capital on Saturday, and here is our Union Berlin vs Bayern Munich Preview for that game.
Union Berlin Recent Form & Team News
A 3-1 loss in the Berlin derby ended Union Berlin’s eight-game unbeaten Bundesliga run (W4, D4) – the best in the club’s history. Still, it continued an 11-match top-flight scoring streak which has contributed to Union’s average of 2.2 goals scored per fixture this term – the division’s joint-second highest – which is the sort of firepower you need when facing reigning champions Bayern Munich.
That goals scored average rises to an impressive 2.8 at home, where Union have lost just once (W2, D2, L1). Two goals in the opening six minutes in their last home match shows the pace at which Union like to start, and made it four consecutive home games in which they’ve hit the net before HT. However, three of their five matches here this season also saw the hosts concede during the first half.
Player to watch: Taiwo Awoniyi has scored the opener within 30 minutes in two of Union’s last three games.
Hot stat: There’s been a penalty in four of Union’s last five games.
Urs Fischer will be without Robert Andrich (suspension), Max Kruse (thigh), Joel Pohjanpalo (broken ankle), and Anthony Ujah (knee). Nico Schlotterbeck is questionable with a muscle injury.
Bayern Munich Recent Form & Team News
That back and forth nature might suit a Bayern side that has seen both teams score in their previous five Bundesliga matches, and who have also conceded a first-half opener in their last four. Therefore, whilst Bayern’s 34 goals scored after ten rounds is a new Bundesliga record, you must go back to 1981/82 to find a higher Bayern average at this stage than the 1.6 goals they’ve conceded per league fixture.
All of that makes for entertaining games though, and subsequently Bayern have won their last four Bundesliga road trips despite conceding. They netted during both halves in three of those, and have also scored a goal either side of HT in both previous Bundesliga H2Hs (W2).
Player to watch: Kingsley Coman netted the equalizer to make it 1-1 in two of Bayern’s last three Bundesliga fixtures.
Hans-Dieter Flick cannot count on Joshua Kimmich (knee) and Javi Martinez (groin).
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