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Union Berlin go up against Borussia Dortmund

Friday Night Football:

Thu, 17. December 2020
Union Berlin go up against Borussia Dortmund

1. FC Union Berlin's intense week of fixtures will close on Friday night (20:30) against Borussia Dortmund at the Stadion An der Alten Försterei.

Review

1. FC Union Berlin have remained unbeaten in the double-header against Bayern Munich and VfB Stuttgart. Urs Fischer's team led 2-0 at the Mercedes-Benz Arena with goals from Marvin Friedrich and Taiwo Awoniyi. But Pellegrino Mattarazzo's team bounced back in the second half with a brace for substitute striker Sasa Kalajdzic, including a last-minute volley, which was confirmed by the video referee in Köln.

Edin Terzic celebrated his first win in charge at Borussia Dortmund, winning 2-1 at Werder Bremen. Raphael Guierrero's opener was cancelled out by Kevin Mohwald, but Marco Reus netted in the second half to set up the new coach at BVB on a high ahead of the trip to Köpenick.

Opposition

Lucien Favre's 110-match tenure at the Westfalenstadion came to an end last week following Borussia Dortmund's 1-5 home defeat to VfB Stuttgart. Dortmund, fourth in the Bundesliga, are six points off the summit, which is currently occupied by Bayer Leverkusen. Frustratingly for Favre, Dortmund have been unable to take advantage of Bayern Munich's recent slip-ups in the Bundesliga. Before the heavy defeat to Stuttgart, Dortmund lost 1-2 at home to 1. FC Köln and went down to Bayern in November. On the road, Dortmund have suffered further defeats, including away to Augsburg.

Personnel

Urs Fischer listed those unavailable at the pre-match press conference on Thursday. Max Kruse, Joel Pohjanpalo, Nico Schlotterbeck, Anthony Ujah, Christian Gentner and Marcus Ingvartsen have injury issues and won't be available for selection. Robert Andrich will sit out one last match in his three-game suspension, while Florian Hübner is likely to be available to play some role.

Service

Friday's match will be held behind closed doors in accordance with the current restrictions in place in Berlin.