After a two-week international break, 1. FC Union Berlin return to 2.Bundesliga action on Monday evening (20:30) and will take on Hamburg at the Volksparkstadion.
Review: Union score four, Hamburg continue on right path
Before the UEFA Nations League put a stop to club football, Union Berlin racked up their highest league win of the season – a 4-0 demolition at home to SpVgg Greuther Fürth. A brace for Joshua Mees and Sebastian Polter at the Stadion An der Alten Försterei helped the Köpenick club consolidate a spot in the top three behind Hamburg, pre-matchday league leaders, and 1. FC Köln. But despite the four goals, coach Urs Fischer was still frustrated at his side's lack of dominance. "In the first half we didn't have as many chances as we imagined. Greuther Fürth were the better team," he said. Ending a run of four consecutive draws, the three points also protected Union's unbeaten run – a record which has now extended to 15 games.
Meanwhile, the northern Germans, relegated from the Bundesliga last season for the first time in their history, have found some momentum. Hannes Wolf has taken the reigns and helped HSV to a 3-1 win at FC Erzgebirge Aue before the shutdown. Under Wolf's management, Hamburg have won all of their four games in charge – three in the league and the German Cup triumph over Wehen Wiesbaden.
Record: No competitive fixtures since 1966
In the 52 years since the foundation of 1. FC Union Berlin, the Köpenick club have never faced Hamburg in competitive action. A friendly between the two teams in 1996 ended goalless, whilst Union have met Hamburg's "Amateure" side six times in the Regionalliga Nord. Nevertheless, Hamburg still have a role to play in shaping the history of Union Berlin, taking on two of our founding clubs in 1923 and 1950. Hamburg beat SC Union in the German Championship final of 1923 and won again in Kiel, 27 years later.
Personnel: Almost a full squad for Fischer
Union Berlin travel to Hamburg strengthened by the return of Grischa Prömel who was suspended against Greüther Fürth following his dismissal in Regensburg. Marc Torrejon is still making strides towards a first-team return, while Fabian Schönheim picked up a slight knock in training this week.
Service: Over 6,000 in Hamburg, no tickets available
There will be no tickets available at the stadium. More than 6,000 are expected at the Volksparkstadion
Away supporters are requested to observe the following information:
- Stadium opens at 18:30
- Parking area opens at 16:00
- Bus shuttle for away fans from 18:30 at Othmarschen S-Bahn station
- Please do not park on the parking lot "Rot" if possible
- Bags up to size DIN-A4 and bum bags allowed
- Larger bags and backpacks should be left in the car/coach or deposited at drop-off points near the away area (limited capacity)