This weekend marks the return of the Bundesliga, as between Bayer Leverkusen face an impressive Union Berlin team at the Alte Forsterei on Saturday.
Bayer Leverkusen currently sits in sixth place in the Bundesliga standings and has had an inconsistent season so far. However, the away team’s recent 2-0 win over RB Leipzig suggests they could be finding their form and aiming for another victory in this fixture.
Union Berlin, on the other hand, is in excellent form this season, sitting in third place in the league table. In their previous game, they secured a narrow 1-0 win against Borussia Monchengladbach and will look to continue their impressive run this weekend.
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Union Berlin-Bayer Leverkusen match preview
Union Berlin aim to keep their slim hopes of winning the Bundesliga title alive as they host Bayer Leverkusen at the Stadion An der Alten Forsterei on Saturday.
In the reverse fixture nearly six months ago, the Iron Ones were defeated 5-0 by Die Werkself. However, Union Berlin is one of only two Bundesliga teams, alongside Bayern Munich, that remains unbeaten at home this season. They have won nine and drawn five of their 14 matches at the Stadion An der Alten Forsterei. Additionally, the team has only conceded nine goals at home, the lowest in the division.
A win over Leverkusen on Saturday would see them surpass their top-flight points total from last season (57). However, the match may be a challenge as they have only won one of their ten competitive matches against Die Werkself, a narrow 1-0 home victory in January 2021.
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Bayer Leverkusen comes into the match with an impressive unbeaten run of 13 matches across all competitions. This includes a recent 2-0 win at home against Leipzig. Although they are through to the Europa League semifinals against Roma, their focus must first be on Saturday’s Bundesliga match against Union Berlin, who they beat 5-0 at home earlier this season.
Although they failed to win their last two visits to Union Berlin, Die Werkself’s unbeaten run of five away matches, in which they scored 10 goals, will give them confidence to secure a positive result in the German capital.
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Union Berlin possible starting lineup:
Ronnow; Doekhi, Knoche, Leite; Juranovic, Laidouni, Khedira, Haberer, Roussillon; Becker, Siebatcheu
Bayer Leverkusen possible starting lineup:
Hradecky; Kossounou, Tah, Tapsoba; Frimpong, Andrich, Palacios, Hincapie; Diaby, Wirtz; Hlozek
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Union Berlin-Bayer Leverkusen prediction
Bayer Leverkusen have emerged as a resurgent force in the Bundesliga this year and will be intent on securing a European spot. The likes of Amine Adli and Adam Hlozek have stepped up this season and will look to make their mark this weekend.
Union Berlin have punched above their weight and are particularly robust in their own backyard. Both teams are on an even footing at the moment and could play out a draw in this match.
Prediction: Union Berlin 1-1 Bayer Leverkusen
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Date, kick-off time, venue
Union Berlin host Bayer Leverkusen in a Bundesliga match at Alte Forsterei on Saturday. The kick-off is scheduled at 3.30 pm (CEST).