1. FC Union Berlin will compete in the Bundesliga under the Friday night floodlights with Eintracht Frankfurt making the trip to the capital.
Review: Knock on the road in Leverkusen, Frankfurt impressing
Union Berlin suffered a defeat at Bayer Leverkusen last weekend with goals from Kevin Volland and Lucas Alario putting the promoted club to the sword. A frustrating afternoon for Urs Fischer’s team who left with little to be content with. “We have shown against Leverkusen what we shouldn’t allow ourselves to do. We need to call on our strengths, mentality, togetherness and quality every weekend. The first 20 minutes did not go as we expected. There are certain games like that. We just need to make sure it doesn’t happen again on Friday,“ added the coach at the press conference, an hour after confirming his new contract.
Meanwhile, Adi Hütter’s Frankfurt are juggling with multiple competitions this campaign, a reward for last season’s highly impressive performances. The Eagles have 7 points from 5 in the Bundesliga, earning a 2-2 draw in their last outing at home to Borussia Dortmund. Andre Silva, one of the summer’s new attacking recruits, levelled at the Commerzbank-Arena before an own goal from Thomas Delaney guaranteed a point two minutes from the end. In the group stages of the UEFA Europa League, Frankfurt went toe-to-toe with Arsenal and looked strong, but were left disappointed with a 0-3 home defeat.
Record: Frankfurt on top overall
Historically, Union have been second best to Eintracht Frankfurt. Our strongest performances came in 2002 when the Eagles competed in the 2.Bundesliga. In the financial capital of Europe, Union held on to a 2-2 draw and continued this form into the home clash with a 1-1 share of spoils. Elsewhere, Frankfurt have ran out convincing winners — the last meeting a 0-4 loss in the second division in 2012.
Personnel: Doubts over duo
Fischer confirmed at the pre-match press conference that there are doubts over Christopher Lenz and Suleiman Abdullahi — a decision will be made after the final training session. Grischa Prömel is still training individually, while Florian Hübner is back in full training. Sebastian Polter will be suspended following his red card in Leverkusen. Neven Subotic is once again available for consideration.
Service: Sold out
There are no more tickets available for the game against Frankfurt.
Fans should utilise all methods of transport for the match. There are limited parking spaces around the stadium. The club would recommend using public transport or travel by bike.