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The Bundesliga 1 meeting at Stadion An der Alten Försterei on Sunday sees home side Union Berlin play against Hoffenheim.
Our Union Berlin v Hoffenheim predictions, statistics and match poll can be seen below - along with the latest match odds.
Union Berlin are hoping to win again following the 0-1 Bundesliga 1 triumph over Freiburg.
In that match, Union Berlin had 36% possession and 15 attempts at goal with 4 of them on target. The only player to score for Union Berlin was Grischa Prömel (64'). SC Freiburg got 9 attempts on goal with 1 of them on target.
Union Berlin have struggled with their forward play in more recent games. Their sum of goals equals just 3 versus opponents over the course of their previous six matches. In those meetings, Union have also seen the number of goals against them total 5. That sort of pattern isn’t assured to be carried forward into this match, of course.
Looking at the pre-match facts, Union Berlin:
- have not been beaten in their last 10 league matches at home. A very good run at home.
- haven’t won at home in the past 2 league games.
Following on from a losing effort in their last game against Molde FK in Europa League competition, Hoffenheim will be hoping to turn things around here.
In that match, Hoffenheim managed 73% possession and 22 attempts on goal with 7 on target. Molde FK had 2 shots on goal with 1 on target. Eirik Andersen (20', 90') scored for Molde FK.
In a total of 5 of the previous 6 clashes involving Hoffenheim, three or more goals have gone in. The average number of goals per match during that time is 4.17, with the average number of goals for Hoffenheim being 1.83.
Coming into this contest, Hoffenheim are without a win away from home in their last 2 league matches.
Head to head
The previous league encounter between the two was Bundesliga 1 match day 6 on 02/11/2020 which finished with the scoreline of Hoffenheim 1-3 Union Berlin.
In that game, Hoffenheim managed 60% possession and 10 attempts on goal with 5 on target. The scorer was Moanes Dabour (80').
Union Berlin got 9 attempts at goal with 6 on target. Max Kruse (60'), Joel Pohjanpalo (85') and Cedric Teuchert (94') scored.
The referee was Robert Hartmann.
Team News: Union Berlin
Sheraldo Becker (Ankle Inflammation), Taiwo Awoniyi (Muscle Injury), Niko Gießelmann (Shoulder fracture) and Anthony Ujah (Knee Surgery) will be missing for Union Berlin gaffer Urs Fischer.
Team News: Hoffenheim
Hoffenheim manager Sebastian Hoeneß has to contend with a number of unavailable players. Stefan Posch (Corona virus), Kevin Akpoguma (Hamstring Injury), Ishak Belfodil (Adductor problems), Ermin Bicakcic (Cruciate Ligament Rupture), Mijat Gacinovic (Ankle Injury), Konstantinos Stafylidis (Shinbone injury), Benjamin Hübner (Tear in a joint capsule), Robert Skov (Knee Problems), Havard Nordtveit (Bruise) and Dennis Geiger (Surgery) are those who can’t be considered.
We’re of the view that Hoffenheim could find themselves up against it to put one past this Union Berlin side who we think will likely score at least once to gain the upper hand.
We’re going for a very even match with a 1-0 victory for Union Berlin at the end of the 90 minutes.
Hoping for a good game.
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⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Stadion An der Alten Försterei (22,012)
Captain: Christopher Trimmel
Chairman: Dirk Zingler
Manager: Urs Fischer
Competitions: Bundesliga 1 position 7
🔑 Star Man: Max Kruse
Typically taking up the Striker position, Max Kruse was born in Reinbek, Germany. After making a first senior appearance for Werder Bremen in the 2007 - 2008 season, the skilful Forward has got 6 league goals in the Bundesliga 1 2020 - 2021 campaign to date in a total of 10 appearances.