1. FC Union Berlin will fight for a first home victory since January when 1. FC Köln make the trip to the Stadion An der Alten Försterei on Saturday afternoon.
Another point was added to the league tally on Sunday night when Urs Fischer's team drew 0-0 at Arminia Bielefeld. The game was interrupted early on following a head clash between Andreas Luthe and Julian Ryerson. Both players continued, but the seven-minute stoppage severly disrupted the momentum of the match. Luthe was forced into an excellent save three minutes after the restart of play as Sergio Cordova beared down on goal. The Bielefeld winger was similarly injured in the half and was substituted. After the second half, Union began to enter the flow and dominated proceedings. Two chances fell to Keita Endo at the SchücoArena — in the 73rd minute he broke clear of the home defence but curled his shot wide of Stefan Ortega's goal. Eight minutes later, Endo couldn't convert a cut back from Petar Musa as the game finished without a goal.
Union's point in Bielefeld helped neighbours 1. FC Köln in their battle to beat the drop. Markus Gisdol's side are in 14th, with a three-point cushion above the relegation play-off position and one clear of Hertha Berlin. Since securing a famous derby win over Borussia Mönchengladbach in February, the results haven't gone to plan for the Billy Goats. Eintracht Frankfurt beat Köln 2-0 on Valentine's Day, while Stuttgart picked up three points at the RheinEnergieStadion. Gisdol and Köln suffered a 5-1 defeat to champions Bayern Munich, but the 1-1 draw at home to Werder Bremen is certainly a positive step for the club. Encouraging for 1. FC Köln is that on the road, they have been able to collect points. Cologne have won 14 of their 22 points, including positive results at Schalke, Borussia Dortmund, Gladbach and RB Leipzig.
Urs Fischer confirmed at the pre-match press conference that Anthony Ujah, Taiwo Awoniyi, Sheraldo Becker, Christopher Lenz and Niko Gießelmann are injured. Defender Florian Hübner has been sick this week and hasn't trained for the last two days. "He is doubtful," said the Union head coach.
Saturday's 15:30 kick-off will take place behind closed doors.
1. FC Union Berlin will test procedures and logistics before the match with the aim of offering antigen rapid tests to supporters in the future. You can read more here.