1. FC Union Berlin will head for 1. FC Köln on Saturday at 15:30, looking to earn three big points in the climax of the 19/20 Bundesliga season.
1. FC Union Berlin turned in an excellent performance in the 1-1 draw with Schalke at the Stadion An der Alten Försterei last week. Robert Andrich's first Bundesliga goal to open the scoring came after a sustained period of early pressure from Urs Fischer's team. Against the run of play, David Wagner's team – without a win in 11 games – equalised the scores through Jonjoe Kenny's long-range effort. Schalke goalkeeper Alexander Nübel was in inspired form and blocked both Marvin Friedrich and Keven Schlotterbeck from scoring a late winner after Union regained control.
Meanwhile, 1. FC Köln's new-found momentum was shown in the draw at Augsburg. Timo Horn saved a penalty kick for the Billy Goats before Anthony Modeste put Köln ahead after the start of the second half. Philipp Max scored late on to ensure both teams, narrowly above Union in the Bundesliga table, would add another point to their tallies.
From three meetings at Müngersdorf, 1. FC Union Berlin have managed to pick up one point. Sebastian Andersson's first goal in Union colours in 2018 bagged a point – one which would prove critical in the promotion success. In 2013, Union went down twice to 1. FC Köln: losing 0-2 and 0-4 in the 2.Bundesliga. The reverse fixture in this season's Bundesliga ended 2-0 for the Köpenick club with Andersson scoring both goals.
Urs Fischer will need to head to Köln without the services of Akaki Gogia and Sheraldo Becker. Christopher Lenz is still a doubt, but has completed a number of training sessions this week. Goalscorer last week, Robert Andrich will serve a one-game suspension after picking up his 10th yellow card at home to Schalke.
The match at the Rhein-Energie-Stadion will be held behind closed doors.
Sky Sports will broadcast the match in Germany, with BT Sport & Fox Sports showing the 90 minutes in the United Kingdom & United States respectively.