1. FC Union Berlin's under-19s are returning to competitive action this weekend with an away match at Holstein Kiel on Sunday at 11am.
The reverse fixture in Köpenick was arguably the team's most impressive performance of an excellent first half of the campaign. Union won 13-0 at the FEZ Complex, but the chances of repeating such a display are slim. Holstein Kiel will be looking to bounce back and have the advantage of starting their 2020 football earlier — winning one and losing the other.
Meanwhile, Andre Vilk's side returned from the winter training camp last weekend and ran out 4-1 winners in the Berlin Cup against Tennis Borussia. That victory takes Union into the quarter-finals of the Nike-sponsored competition.
"The target is obviously to win," explained coach Vilk. "Given the success in the Berlin Cup, the players are going there with a good feeling. We know that we will have a difficult game ahead of us despite being favourites, but they will be up for it. The difficult thing is to turn quickly back into competitive mode. We need to bring our strengths and quality on Sunday to get a result."
The match will played at the Citti Fussball Park in Kiel.