English Week: Union face tough midweek trip to Sandhausen
Keller's side keen to end winless run
The first "English Week" of the campaign sees Union Berlin head to the southwest corner of Germany to take on SV Sandhausen at the BWT-Stadion am Hardtwald on 19 September at 18:30.
The hosts’ 1-0 win over Kaisersluatern last week has propelled them into fourth place, and Tuesday presents another opportunity for home points. Meanwhile, Union were held to a 1-1 draw at home to Eintracht Braunschweig, and are in need of an emphatic win to get out of the current rut.
“Sandhausen is doing a fine job, and not just since the current season,” said head coach Jens Keller. “They have a strong defensive game, from which they can build upon. Especially in front of a home crowd, I expect them to be proactive and playing a quick transitional game, which we have to prevent.”
Keller’s injury list hasn’t grown in recent weeks with Kenny Redondo (shoulder) missing, while Marc Torrejon is a major doubt (calf) and Toni Leistner is also carrying a knock. For the midweek trip, more than 500 Union fans are expected to back the team in Sandhausen.
Eighth in the table, Union’s last three visits to Sandhausen have been something of a mixed bag. Kenan Kocak’s team have won 4-3 in 2015, whilst drawing at the Alte Försterei and losing 1-0 to the Berliners on Union’s last visit to the BWT Stadium am Hardtwald.
“It’s important to give players some time to regenerate during an English Week. No reason whatsoever for a bad mood or anger based on the draw with Braunschweig. We just look ahead,” he added. The match which follows Sandhausen on Tuesday is next Monday’s 25th September clash between Union and Kaiserslautern at the Stadion An der Alten Försterei.