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Union head to Hoffenheim for first time

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Fri, 19. June 2020
Union head to Hoffenheim for first time

In the penultimate round of fixtures in the Bundesliga, 1. FC Union Berlin will make the trip to Hoffenheim for the first time. The match at the Rhein-Necker-Arena kicks off at 15:30.

Review

1. FC Union Berlin secured their Bundesliga survival on Tuesday at the Alte Försterei with a 1-0 win over relegated Paderborn. The Köpenick club's trend of improving performances continued with Urs Fischer's men creating the best chances. With a lot at stake for both teams, Paderborn goalkeeper Leopold Zingerle was the key player and kept his side in the game. But Christopher Trimmel's dangerous free-kick was headed into his own net by Ben Zolinski. From there, Union stayed in control and were greeted with cheers from supporters at full-time who had gathered outside the stadium grounds.

Meanwhile, Hoffenheim picked up a 3-1 win at Augsburg as they continued their own push for a spot in European competition next season. Munas Dabbur scored a brace for Hoffenheim before Ruben Vargas pulled a goal back. In the end, the visitors went home with all three points after Ihlas Bebou's goal late in the match.

Record

Hoffenheim and Union meet for the first time in Sinsheim on Saturday following the first-ever meeting between the clubs at the Stadion An der Alten Försterei in December. Goals from Ihlas Bebou and Christoph Baumgartner secured the points for Hoffenheim before the winter break. In recent weeks, Hoffenheim have made changes in the dugout with Alfred Schreuder and Alexander Rosen coming to a mutual agreement about the Dutch coach's departure. A team of coaches, led by Matthias Kaltenbach, will take charge of first-team duties until the end of the season.

Personnel

Urs Fischer confirmed pre-match that he would be without Norwegian Julian Ryerson. Meanwhile, Christopher Lenz has trained this week but remains doubtful. 

"A tough challenge awaits us against Hoffenheim. If you look at the team's last two games, they've done really well. For us it's important to finish the season as we started it. Even though we've now achieved our big goal, you're taking the last game into the break and the preparation, so we'll invest everything. We're trying to score in every game and leave the pitch as winners," said Fischer.

Service

The match is behind closed doors.

Saturday's game in Hoffenheim is live on Sky Sports, while BT Sports & Fox Soccer will show the match in the United Kingdom and United States respectively.