Urs Fischer’s team will be desperate to overturn a disappointing run of results in the Bundesliga when the Köpenick club heads to Wolfsburg for Sunday’s 15:30 kick-off.
Review: Union fall short at home, Wolfsburg unbeaten under new coach
Second half goals from Bas Dost and Andre Silva put Union to the sword under the Friday night floodlights at the Stadion An der Alten Försterei. Anthony Ujah scored a late consolation with the visitors in front, his first for the club in the league, but Fischer’s side went down for the third game running in the Bundesliga. There was a further setback for Union when Akaki Gogia went down heavily after the break, suffering a ruptured knee ligament. The winger underwent surgery this week and will begin his rehabilitation soon.
The Wolves decided on a change of management in the summer with Oliver Glasner, the 45-year-old Austrian coach replacing Bruno Labbadia following a successful spell at LASK Linsk. Glasner has brought the best out of his squad at the Volkswagen Arena with the club sitting in seventh and yet to experience defeat. Last weekend’s win in Mainz (1-0) ended a run of three draws, two of them at home against Paderborn and Hoffenheim. In the UEFA Europa League, Wolfsburg picked up a solid point away to French side Saint-Etienne ahead of Sunday’s tussle with Union Berlin.
Record: First competitive match
Union Berlin and VfL Wolfsburg meet for the first time in competitive action on Sunday. The previous meetings all came in bounce matches: a 1-1 draw in Austria across four 30-minute periods was the last encounter. The Köpenick side recorded a 3-1 win in 2016 in a friendly match at the Volkswagen Arena.
Personnel: Gogia & Prömel missing, Lenz back
In addition to Gogia, Fischer confirmed Grischa Prömel was still unavailable for selection. Suleiman Abdullahi will be a late call for the Swiss coach with the striker making good steps in training this week towards a full recovery. Christopher Lenz has successfully come through a week's worth of training and the left-back will prove competition to Ken Reichel, who deputised in the last game against Frankfurt. Sebastian Polter is still suspended following his red card against Bayer Leverkusen.
Service: 3,000 in Wolfsburg
Supporters will be able to get tickets at the Volkswagen Arena for Sunday's game with more than 3,000 Union fans expected to be in attendance.