1. FC Union Berlin's 29th Bundesliga match of the season will see them contest Borussia Mönchengladbach at Borussia-Park for the first time on Sunday at 15:30.
Review: Union battle to earn point, Gladbach held in Bremen
1. FC Union Berlin's ten men battled at home to Mainz to hold on to a point, which took their tally up to 31 for the season. The Carnival Club, coached by Achim Beierlorzer, moved into the lead with Ridle Baku's strike after 13 minutes. Marcus Ingvartsen levelled with a free-kick on 33 minutes, but Urs Fischer's side had to continue on with one player less following Robert Andrich's dismissal. In the second half, the Köpenick club showed grit and determination to see the game out – almost nicking it themselves with Keven Schlotterbeck's header at the death.
Meanwhile, Marco Rose's side have aspirations of qualifying for next season's Champions League, but the Foals suffered a blow, dropping two points at Werder Bremen. Mönchengladbach are two points off RB Leipzig, in fourth, so will be looking to get back to winning ways at home to Union Berlin. Gladbach's last home game, however, did not go according to plan with Bayer Leverkusen running out comfortable winners a week ago.
"Gladbach are having a great season and currently are battling for a Champions League place. They move the ball well and have a strong individual quality. We can't influence the other side, but we want to build on our performance against Mainz. We've been busy on the field, we've created opportunities, the game and the point won have done us a lot of good and so we'll tackle the tough task. Every difficult task is also one which we can deliver on. We need a very good day and Gladbach need an off day. We are in the relegation battle and the pressure will continue to increase. When I see how the team reacted against Mainz, we'll take the challenge on head first," said coach Urs Fischer at the pre-match press conference.
Andrich's two yellow cards on Wednesday means he's missing for Sunday's trip to Mönchengladbach. Fischer is still without the options of Akaki Gogia and Sheraldo Becker, while Christopher Lenz has trained this week without any further complications. As the club confirmed this week, Sebastian Polter would be unavailable for selection for the remainder of the season.
The match will be shown live on Sky Sports in Germany, Fox Sports in USA and BT Sport in the United Kingdom.