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Union head south to face Stuttgart

English Week:

Mon, 14. December 2020
Union head south to face Stuttgart

After Saturday's brilliant 1-1 draw at home to Bayern Munich, 1. FC Union Berlin will make the long trip south to take on VfB Stuttgart on Tuesday at 20:30.

Review

1. FC Union Berlin's gallant effort at the Alte Försterei against the German champions was rewarded with an extra point on to the Bundesliga account for the season. Grischa Prömel's near-post header put the Köpenick club ahead after just four minutes and there was reasonable frustration at missed chances in front of Manuel Neuer's goal. Taiwo Awoniyi couldn't cap off a fantastic display as the lone striker with a goal, missing two opportunities, while a number of good opportunities were squandered into the second half. Marvin Friedrich headed directly at Neuer from a corner kick, while substitute Keita Endo and Marius Bülter were denied by German's World Cup-winning stopper. At the other end, Robert Lewandowski drew Bayern level but the final heart-in-mouth moment was rescued by goalkeeper Andreas Luthe, whose save from Kingsley Coman bagged Urs Fischer's team a point at the death.

Opposition

VfB Stuttgart are level on points with Union in their first season back in Germany's top division after promotion last season. A year earlier, Fischer's team celebrated the promotion play-off win against the Swabians with a 2-2 draw at the Mercedes-Benz Arena followed up with a 0-0 tie at the Stadion An der Alten Försterei. Pellegrino Matarazzo was handed the head coach role and has turned Stuttgart's fortunes around alongside the work of sporting director Thomas Hitzlsperger. Stuttgart's recent results will put a smile on the face of the 2007 German champions – the 2-1 win at Werder Bremen was backed up with a stunning 5-1 win at Borussia Dortmund, which eventually cost Lucien Favre his job at the Westfalenstadion. Silas Wamangituka scored a double for Stuttgart and set up one for Tanguy Coulibaly on Saturday, while Philipp Förster and Nicolas Gonzalez got on the scoresheet at Dortmund.

Personnel

Max Kruse, Joel Pohjanpalo, Nico Schlotterbeck and Anthony Ujah will not be available for selection for Fischer and his coaching staff. Robert Andrich will serve the second of his three game suspension for the red card against Hertha Berlin last week. Christian Gentner, Florian Hübner and Marcus Ingvartsen are doubtful.

Service

Tuesday's match at the Mercedes-Benz Arena will take place behind closed doors.