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Union Berlin face closest rivals FC St. Pauli

Monday Night Football:

Fri, 01. February 2019
Union Berlin face closest rivals FC St. Pauli

1. FC Union Berlin end the 2.Bundesliga matchday for the second week running, with an away match at FC St. Pauli on Monday February 4 (20:30).

Urs Fischer's side are coming off the back of a confidence-boosting victory of 1. FC Köln at the Stadion An der Alten Försterei on Thursday and will be looking to add some daylight to the fourth-placed club from Hamburg.

Review: Home win over Köln, Pauli lose in Darmstadt

Goals from Marcel Hartel and Florian Hübner fired Union to a memorable win with ten men against Köln in Köpenick. Three points more keeps Union in third-place, with two points to the second-placed Billy Goats. Union will be without the experience of Ken Reichel and captain Christopher Trimmel who are both suspended, while Sebastian Polter hobbled off with a foot problem. Fischer will be able to call upon the likes of Christopher Lenz and Julian Ryerson who will be keen to make an impression to the coach.

St. Pauli have perhaps surprised many observers this season with a consistent league campaign under head coach Markus Kauczinski. The 2-1 loss at Darmstadt was their first away defeat since the middle of September. Pauli are level on the same number of points as Union, while Holstein Kiel and Heidenheim are closely following behind. The club from Hamburg will be missing striker Dimitris Diamantakos and important centre-back Philipp Ziereis. Jeremy Dudziak is a doubt from the Darmstadt game, but Kauczinski has added four new faces to his squad: Kevin Lankford (Heidenheim), Jakub Bendarczyk (Leverkusen), Justin Hoogma (Hoffenheim) and Alexander Meier (Frankfurt).

Record: Home side with upper-hand in Hamburg

Though St. Pauli have won five of their 11 league meetings with Union Berlin at the Millerntor-Stadion, their last victory was a 3-0 win in 2014. Since then, the Köpenick club have travelled north strongly with two wins and a draw, including last season's 1-0 win which helped Andre Hofschneider's team avoid a nail-biting relegation battle. The previous win for the Köpenick club was a 2-1 win in March 2017 with goals from Polter and Damir Kreilach.

Personnel: Changes at full-back for Union

Fischer will not be able to call upon Reichel and Trimmel for the game on Monday night. The Union left-back was shown a second yellow card and incurred an immediate suspension, while captain Trimmel hit the five threshold for cautions in the league. Ryerson has previously deputised in his place this season, performing strongly away to Jahn Regensburg. Meanwhile, Christopher Lenz is the candidate to step in for Reichel, having featured for the final chunk of the game at the Alte Försterei on Thursday.

Tickets: 

There are no more tickets available for the Union section at the Millerntor-Stadion.