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Union make trip south to Freiburg

Fight for three points:

Thu, 18. February 2021
Union make trip south to Freiburg

1. FC Union Berlin will play at the Schwarzwald-Stadion for the last time on Saturday as Urs Fischer's side look to get back on track in the Bundesliga.

Review

1. FC Union Berlin picked uo point 30 of the 2021-22 Bundesliga season and moved a step closer to securing next season's top-flight status. Saturday's late kick-off at the Alte Försterei saw the Köpenick club get the better of struggling Schalke, but the Berliners struggled to find a decisive touch and take all three points. Schalke contributed to the game with a fine first-half performance, but Union showed a reaction in the second. Taiwo Awoniyi passed up two opportunities, while Joel Pohjanpalo and Marcus Ingvartsen came close in half-decent situations. Before Union head to Freiburg, Fischer took spirit from the 0-0 draw. "Although the points weren't there for us, we did a lot of things well. There were many chances to win against Schalke. We weren't efficient enough. We need to keep working on our basis and our beliefs so we can get the ball over the line.

Opposition

SC Freiburg's 31 points keeps them one above the chasing 1. FC Union Berlin. The club from the Schwarzwald-Stadion are preparing to finish this Bundesliga season off before a much-anticipated stadium move. While Freiburg have stuttered on the road, home form has been imperative to Oliver Glasner's success. A week before a 0-0 in Bremen, Freiburg won 2-1 against Borussia Dortmund and count them as one of their five home victories in league football this season. 

Personnel

Urs Fischer confirmed at the pre-match press conference that he almost had a full complement to choose from this week. Andreas Luthe is doubtful for the game, while Anthony Ujah (returning from operation) and Sheraldo Becker (fitness) are missing respectively. A full party for Fischer means the availability of Nico Schlotterbeck after suspension, Max Kruse and left-back Christopher Lenz.

Service

Saturday's 15:30 kick-off will be held behind closed doors.