Union Berlin, this Bundesliga season’s surprise package, will host Bayer Leverkusen on Friday in what is expected to be an entertaining game.
Bayer Leverkusen will be itching to end their three-game winless run in the Bundesliga, and close the gap on league leaders Bayern Munich.
Union Berlin, on the other hand, will look to extend their five-match unbeaten run in the league.
Urs Fischer’s side have emerged as surprise candidates for a top-four spot this season. They will perhaps be disappointed after their 2-2 draw against the 10 men of Wolfsburg in their previous outing, as they led the game 2-1.
Union Berlin vs Bayer Leverkusen Head-to-head
The head-to-head record will for Union Berlin fans to accept as their team have lost their last five matches against Bayer Leverkusen. The two faced off in the Bundesliga for the first time last season, with Leverkusen winning both their home and away fixtures.
This time, however, we expect Union to challenge Peter Bosz’s side. The hosts are expected to see less of the ball against Leverkusen. However, that will give the likes of Sheraldo Becker and Taiwo Awoniyi the chance to hurt Leverkusen on the break.
Union Berlin form guide: D-D-W-W-D
Bayer Leverkusen form guide: W-W-L-L-D
Union Berlin vs Bayer Leverkusen Team News
Union are still far from being at full strength as they have some key players out injured. Luckily, Anthony Ujah and Max Kruse’s absence has not been felt because the side have functioned well on the break.
Christian Gentner is still not match-fit, and may not start. Joel Pohjanpalo is another player on the treatment table.
Injured: Max Kruse, Joel Pohjanpalo, Anthony Ujah
Doubtful: Christian Gentner
Leverkusen also have several players out injured. Defenders Sven Bender and Santiago Arias are still sidelined, while Paulinho is recovering from his cruciate ligament rupture. Mitchell Weiser and Karim Bellarabi are also on the treatment table.
Timothy Fosu-Mensah has joined from Manchester United, but it would be a surprise if he gets drafted into the lineup.
Injured: Santiago Arias, Exequiel Palacios, Mitchell Weiser, Paulinho, Karim Bellarabi
Doubtful: Sven Bender
Union Berlin vs Bayer Leverkusen Predicted Lineups
Union Berlin predicted XI (3-5-2): Andreas Luthe; Marvin Friedrich, Robin Knoche, Florian Hubner; Christopher Lenz, Sebastian Griesbeck, Robert Andrich, Marcus Ingvartson, Christopher Trimmel; Sheraldo Becker, Taiwo Awoniyi
Bayer Leverkusen Predicted XI (4-3-3): Lukas Hradecky; Daley Sinkgraven, Edmond Tapsoba, Jonathan Tah, Lars Bender; Julian Baumgartlinger, Nadiem Amiri, Florian Wirtz; Leon Bailey, Patrik Schick, Moussa Diaby
Union Berlin vs Bayer Leverkusen Prediction
Despite Bayer Leverkusen’s recent form in the league, they are a strong team and should be able to beat Union Berlin.
Peter Bosz’s side picked up a much-needed win in the DFB Pokal against Eintracht, and that should boost the confidence of his players. We expect a narrow win for the away side.
Score prediction: Union Berlin 1-2 Bayer Leverkusen
Published 14 Jan 2021, 03:36 IST