1. FC Union Berlin will look to take a step closer to securing next season's Bundesliga status when the Köpenick club meet Hoffenheim on Sunday.
1. FC Union Berlin left the Schwarzwald-Stadion in Freiburg for the last time with three points in the bag to consolidate the team's position in the top-half of the league. Urs Fischer's team delivered another controlled, high-quality performance on the road and a defence, led by Loris Karius, managed to keep a clean sheet. On 64 minutes, Marcus Ingvartsen slalomed into the Freiburg box and picked out a well-timed run from Grischa Prömel to take the points. Niko Gießelmann was added late to Urs Fischer's injury list after sustaining a fracture to his left shoulder in the final minutes of the match.
Sebastian Hoeneß's Hoffenheim are coming off the back of a bitter blow in the UEFA Europa League. The Bundesliga side were unable to take advantage of two dominant games against Norway's Molde, going down to the visitors 5-3 on aggregate. Elrik Ulland Anderson scored both goals in Sinsheim, including a 90th-minute clincher to knock the stuffing out of the German side. Hoffenheim are 11th in the Bundesliga with 26 points - seven worse off that Union. Hoeneß's team have gone through a difficult run of games with defeats to high-flying Eintracht Frankfurt and champions Bayern Munich in the last few weeks. Hoffenheim have managed to bounce back in style with a point at Signal Iduna Park in Dortmund, as well as, a 4-0 rout of Werder Bremen last weekend.
Head coach Urs Fischer confirmed four absentees for the weekend's game with Anthony Ujah, Taiwo Awoniyi, Sheraldo Becker and Niko Gießelmann unavailable. Christopher Lenz has trained with the team in parts this week and a decision will be made after the final training session.
Sunday's 13:30 kick-off at the Alte Försterei is being held behind closed doors.