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Union take on Hoffenheim behind closed doors

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Fri, 30. October 2020
Union take on Hoffenheim behind closed doors

1. FC Union Berlin will have to wait until Monday at 20:30 to face TSG Hoffenheim in the sixth game of the 2020/21 Bundesliga season.

Urs Fischer's team will be looking to win at the Rhein-Necker-Arena for the first time in the Bundesliga and secure those first three away points of the campaign.

Review

Robert Andrich scored from distance to claim a point for 1. FC Union Berlin against Freiburg. The midfielder popped up with a drilled effort from 25 yards, just a few minutes after Vincenzo Grifo opened the scoring for Christian Streich's men in the 34th minute. Union dominated but were unable to find the way to beat Florian Müller in the Freiburg goal. The point, however, doesn't hold back Fischer's team who are in 12th position.

Meanwhile, Hoffenheim celebrated victory in the UEFA Europa League with a 4-1 win over Belgian club KAA Gent. Ishak Belfodil, Florian Grillitsch, Mijat Gacinovic and Munas Dabbur struck to give Sebastian Hoeneß's side their second win in the group phase after beating Crvena Zvezda in the first round of fixtures.

Opposition

Hoffenheim made a change in the dugout this summer with Dutchman Alfred Schreuder being replaced by Hoeneß who was previously working with Bayern Munich's reserve team. While European competition has naturally taken up manpower, Hoffenheim's Bundesliga form is something of a mixed bag. The club from Baden-Württemberg took six points from their first two games – a 3-2 win at 1. FC Köln and a stunning 4-1 win over Bayern Munich. However, Hoffenheim have stumbled after that dominant performance against the German champions with two defeats, back-to-back, against Eintracht Frankfurt and Borussia Dortmund. The point against Werder Bremen last weekend has Hoffenheim back on track in the Bundesliga ahead of Union's visit on Monday.

Personnel

Fischer and his staff have some fitness concerns to deal with ahead of the trip south. Christopher Trimmel and Marcus Ingvartsen aren't fully fit, but have taken part in some training sessions this week. Loris Karius trained 45 minutes with goalkeeping coach Michael Gspurning, but not yet the complete session. Central defender Nico Schlotterbeck is making good steps in his recovery from the injury, which he picked up against Mainz. The confirmed absentees are Anthony Ujah and Grischa Prömel. The latter could be an option for the next home match against Arminia Bielefeld.

Service

The nationwide restrictions to contain the spread of coronavirus have forced all Bundesliga clubs to play matches behind closed doors. This will extend until November 31.