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VfL Bochum are the guests at Stadion An der Alten Försterei on Saturday for the Bundesliga 1 tie with hosts Union Berlin.
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Union Berlin fans will want a repeat of their previous result, being the 1-4 Bundesliga 1 triumph against Freiburg.
In that game, Union Berlin had 29% possession and 13 attempts on goal with 5 of them on target. For Union Berlin, the goalscorers were Grischa Prömel (11'), Christopher Trimmel (30'), Sheraldo Becker (41') and András Schäfer (90'). SC Freiburg got 18 attempts on goal with 2 of them on target. Lucas Höler (59') was the scorer for Freiburg.
It has been all too rare in recent games where Union Berlin have managed to hold out for a full 90 minutes. The reality is that Union Berlin have seen their defence breached in 5 of their previous 6 matches, leaking 6 goals along the way. We shall soon find out whether or not that trend will be continued on here.
Analysis of their past results shows that Union Berlin:
- haven't been beaten in the league by VfL Bochum in their previous 4 games.
- are undefeated in their previous 5 league matches at home.
VfL Bochum come into this meeting following a 2-1 Bundesliga 1 win with the downing of Arminia Bielefeld in their most recent outing.
In that match, VfL Bochum had 62% possession and 17 attempts on goal with 9 of them on target. The scorer for VfL Bochum was Sebastian Polter (22'). For their opponents, Arminia Bielefeld had 14 attempts on goal with 4 on target. Joakim Nilsson (35') and George Bello (89' Own goal) scored for Arminia Bielefeld.
The stats don’t lie, and VfL Bochum have been scored against in 5 of their last 6 games, conceding 10 goals in total. In defence, VfL Bochum just haven’t been too solid at all.
Heading into this fixture, VfL Bochum have not registered a win against Union Berlin in games played away from home for the previous 5 league matches. Not the best of away records.
Head to head
A look at their prior head-to-head meetings stretching back to 27/01/2017 shows that Union Berlin have won 4 of these games & VfL Bochum 1, with the tally of drawn games being 1.
A sum of 17 goals were scored between the two sides in these games, with 11 of them from Union and 6 created by Bochum. That’s an average goals per game of 2.83.
The previous league contest between the two was Bundesliga 1 match day 17 on 18/12/2021 when it ended VfL Bochum 0-1 Union Berlin.
On that occasion, VfL Bochum had 55% possession and 13 attempts at goal with 3 on target.
Union Berlin had 9 shots on goal with 3 of them on target. Max Kruse (16') was the scorer.
The match was refereed by Tobias Reichel.
Team News: Union Berlin
Dominique Heintz (Ankle problems), Frederik Rönnow (groin strain) and Timo Baumgartl (Testicular Cancer) are unavailable for Union Berlin manager Urs Fischer.
In all likelihood, Union will probably kick off with a 3-5-2 system for this game, beginning the first half with Andreas Luthe, Paul Jaeckel, Robin Knoche, Julian Ryerson, Christopher Trimmel, Genki Haraguchi, Rani Khedira, Grischa Proemel, Niko Giesselmann, Sheraldo Becker and Taiwo Awoniyi.
Team News: VfL Bochum
Thanks to a completely injury-free squad to choose from, the VfL Bochum manager Thomas Reis doesn’t have any fitness worries to speak of before this clash.
We’re of the thinking that Bochum might begin the game with a 4-3-2-1 lineup, starting Michael Esser, Cristian Gamboa, Erhan Masovic, Maxim Leitsch, Danilo Soares, Milos Pantovic, Anthony Losilla, Elvis Rexhbecaj, Takuma Asano, Gerrit Holtmann and Sebastian Polter.
It looks to us that Union Berlin should get a lot of shots on goal and make them count.
However, VfL Bochum might well find it a difficult task to break down their defence although we do think it’s probable that they will be managing to get on the scoresheet, too.
Our tip is for a decent 3-1 margin for Union Berlin at the end of the match.
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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 6, Conference League Qualifiers (Play Off Round)
🔑 Star Player: Taiwo Awoniyi
Typically taking up the Striker position, Taiwo Awoniyi was born in Ilorin, Nigeria. Having played his first senior match for FSV Frankfurt in the 2015 - 2016 season, the goalscoring Forward has scored a sum of 13 league goals in the Bundesliga 2021 - 2022 season to date in a total of 30 appearances.