1. FC Union Berlin’s promotion charge continues on Sunday May 5 at 13:30, when the Köpenick club faces SV Darmstadt 98 at the Merck-Stadion am Böllenfalltor.
Review: Hamburg & Köln beaten
Both Union and Darmstadt celebrated impressive respective victories over Hamburg and Köln. Urs Fischer’s side turned in an outstanding performance, scoring two goals to see off the northern Germans at the Stadion An der Alten Försterei on Sunday. Robert Zulj slotted home quickly after the break before Grischa Prömel’s piledriver cannoned in off the post to spark amazing scenes in the capital.
Meanwhile, less than 48 hours earlier, Felix Platte scored a second-half winner as Darmstadt beat 1. FC Köln 2-1. Dimitrios Grammozis’ team led the game through Serdar Dursun’s 34th-minute effort. Though Jhon Cordoba equalised for the home side, Darmstadt impressively fought back to take advantage of a defensive mix-up with 14 minutes left. Darmstadt’s 40-year-old Greek coach has strung together a solid run of results since he replaced Dirk Schuster in March — Die Lillen have lost two of eight games and have beaten Hamburg, Kiel and Köln.
When asked in the pre-match press conference whether Darmstadt were strong at the minute, Fischer answered: "I think you can say that when you look at the last results of Darmstadt. They won in Köln and Hamburg, then beat Holstein Kiel at home. That says a lot. I also believe they've been rescued which can continue to make them feel free. We need a top attitude and confirm what we showed against HSV. We need the points."
Record: Time to break Darmstadt duck
With their first meeting in 2014, there’s very little history between Darmstadt and Union Berlin. The capital club are trailing behind when it comes to head-to-head record. The 3-1 victory in December was the club’s first win over Darmstadt in competitive league football. On their 2.Bundesliga visits to the Böllenfalltor, Union have come away nursing 0-5 and 1-3 defeats — either side of Darmstadt’s two-season stint in the top division.
Personnel: Final Fitness Tests
While Fischer confirmed that Fabian Schönheim and Eroll Zejnullahu were still unavailable, there was positive news on the injury front. Florian Hübner and Christopher Trimmel have completed training this week, and will go through the final session tomorrow with a decision at its conclusion. Nicolai Rapp will miss out on Sunday as he is sitting out the second game of his two-match ban.
Service: Sold out in Darmstadt
In Darmstadt, there are no more available tickets for the game. There are ongoing construction works to the stadium which limit the number of spots available.