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Union Berlin face second-placed Leipzig

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Mon, 18. January 2021
Union Berlin face second-placed Leipzig

1. FC Union Berlin head to Leipzig on Wednesday evening (20:30), looking to maintain the unbeaten run in the new calendar year.


Cedric Teuchert's 88th-minute winner against Bayer Leverkusen at the Stadion An der Alten Försterei secured a superb three points in the quest for Bundesliga stability. The substitute striker netted his first goal since November and decided a game that could have been sown up earlier after an impressive second-half performance from Urs Fischer's side. Union's strong record was also continued, which includes a win against Borussia Dortmund and draws against Bayern Munich, Wolfsburg and Borussia Mönchengladbach.


Meanwhile, Julian Nagelsmann's Leipzig are currently one of the teams vying to knock Bayern Munich off their perch in the Bundesliga. Although Leipzig could only manage a draw in Wolfsburg, they are four points off the Bavarians with a UEFA Champions League Last 16 tie versus Liverpool to look forward to in the coming months. Despite taking the lead at the Volkswagen Arena with Nordi Mukiele's fourth-minute goal, Wolfsburg turned the game around with goals from Wout Weghorst and Renato Steffen. Willi Orban bagged a point for Nagelsmann's side shortly after half-time. At home, Leipzig have failed to win two of their last three home games at the former Zentralstadion — 0-0 against 1. FC Köln and 1-3 defeat to Borussia Dortmund.

"They are a top candidate after Bayern. A team with huge quality in every area. Physically, with pace, but also technically in the game, they are an excellent team. We need to be ready from the very first minute. It'll be a really hard game," said the Union head coach at the pre-match press conference.


Urs Fischer has contended with fitness issues off the back of the game against Leverkusen. Sheraldo Becker was substituted after 23 minutes and Grischa Prömel picked up knocks but have taken part in training and could be available. Christian Gentner's training in the last weeks have allowed him to be in contention for a place in the squad. Max Kruse remains in rehabilitation, while Florian Hübner will see a specialist after an injury in Friday's victory.


Wednesday's match against Leipzig will take place behind closed doors.