1. FC Union Berlin will use the international break to share some minutes around the squad when Eintracht Braunschweig head to the Stadion An der Alten Försterei on Thursday March 25.
Thursday's 15:00 kick-off is behind closed doors but live on RBB24.
Urs Fischer will be without Anthony Ujah, Sheraldo Becker, Taiwo Awoniyi and Niko Gießelmann, all of whom are still injured or recovering. Six players are on international duty — Christopher Trimmel, Petar Musa, Julian Ryerson, Nico Schlotterbeck, Marcus Ingvartsen and Joel Pohjanpalo. The Köpenick club went down 5-2 in their last league match at Eintracht Frankfurt despite delivering a fine performance against the Champions League challengers. Two goals for Max Kruse took his tally to double figures for the season, but three goals in five minutes towards half-time eventually knocked the stuffing out of Union. The Braunschweig test comes just a few days ahead of Union's home derby against Hertha on Sunday April 4.
Eintracht Braunschweig are battling for their lives at the wrong end of the 2.Bundesliga. The Lions have collected nine from a possible last 15, so are beginning to fight back against potential relegation to the 3.Liga. Daniel Meyer's side drew 1-1 at the weekend against Darmstadt with Nick Proschwitz's slotting home a penalty for the Lions. Braunschweig's five-game run without conceding a goal came to end in the draw, but coach Meyer described the point as "completely acceptable". The visitors will include some ex-Union players on their trip to Berlin, including Suleiman Abdullahi who is on loan at the Eintracht-Stadion and has a contract in Köpenick until 2022. Martin Koblyanski, Benjamin Kessel and Felix Kroos are also playing their football in Braunschweig.