Just three days after the defeat in Leipzig, 1. FC Union Berlin will fight to get back on track at the home of FC Augsburg on Saturday at 15:30 CET.
1. FC Union Berlin's strong start to the new year was brought to an end at the former Zentralstadion in Leipzig on Wednesday night. Despite Emil Forsberg's winning goal after 70 minutes, 1. FC Union Berlin will walk away with many positives against the team who currently are the closest challengers to champions Bayern Munich. Urs Fischer's side threatened on a number of occasions, the first sight at goal falling for Cedric Teuchert who shot the winner against Leverkusen a week ago. Marcus Ingvartsen was inches away from a clear chance in the second half, while the Danish U21 international was bundled over but the penalty claim was brushed off by referee Sascha Steegemann.
1. FC Union Berlin spent the night in Leipzig before heading south to Augsburg, where our thanks goes to the staff at the Rosenaustadion who cleared the pitch of snow. Union have trained at the ground for the past two days.
Union Berlin will be well aware of the threat posed by Heiko Herrlich's FC Augsburg. The club from the south of Germany walked away from the Stadion An der Alten Försterei with three points on the first weekend of the 2020/21 season back in September. Half a season on, however, Union are ahead of Augsburg in the Bundesliga table. Herrlich's team have 19 points and are in 12th position, keeping their head above water from the relegation battle. On Wednesday, Augsburg put up a strong contest at home to rivals Bayern Munich, but Robert Lewandowski's penalty ultimately separated the teams at the end of the 90.
Fischer's travelling party doesn't include Max Kruse, Anthony Ujah or Joel Pohjanpalo. Defender Florian Hübner is suspended for the next two matches, but there is good news as Sheraldo Becker and Grischa Prömel have trained with the team this week.
"The next task is coming up and we can be proud after the first half of the season, but it's just a snapshot. Augsburg played really well against Bayern and it'll be another difficult match," said coach Urs Fischer in the pre-match press conference.
Saturday's game at the Augsburg Arena will be played behind closed doors.