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FCK-Union: Time to end barren away run

Union make trip to the Betze

Wed, 28. February 2018
FCK-Union: Time to end barren away run

Union Berlin boss Andre Hofschneider is desperate for his side to overcome the current away blues in the 2.Bundesliga with a win over 1.FC Kaiserslautern on Friday March 2 (18:30) at the Betzenberg.

The capital club hasn’t won away from the Stadion An der Alten Försterei since beating Jahn Regensburg in the middle of October. The struggles on the road are more outstanding given a turn in home performances of late. Two excellent performances against Fortuna Düsseldorf and Sandhausen racked up six points from six for the Köpenick outfit.

Kaiserslautern, still bottom of the league and adrift by six points, have looked a completely different team since Michael Frontzeck took charge. The former Mönchengladbach coach stepped in to the hotseat after Jeff Strasser fell ill during a match with Darmstadt, which saw him subsequently step down from his post for further treatment. Under Frontzeck, the Red Devils have won three of their last five games, including an impressive victory over Holstein Kiel.

“We have to accept what is put in front of us,” said Hofschneider at the pre-match press conference. “The table doesn’t lie after 24 games, so I can’t make teams better than they actually are. We are rightly standing where we are and Kaiserslautern is rightly standing where they are. We have to try to get our game at the right level, but accept the other side of it. Every match is a fine for us. We want to win every game. We have enough potential to make every game a success, but we also know that in this league anyone can beat anyone.”

For the first time in a while, Hofschneider has most of his options available aside from long-term absentees Fabian Schönheim and Kenny-Prince Redondo. The latter’s recovery is going well, but it’s still unclear when he could make the step back on to the pitch.

Union supporters will back their team in superb numbers again, with more than 1000 travelling from Berlin to Kaiserslautern. A special train has been organised by supporters group “Eisernen Virus” and tickets are still available. The train leaves from Berlin-Lichtenberg station at 06:16am and will return on Saturday morning at 06:48am. In addition, tickets for the game will also be available on location.