After three away games in a row, 1. FC Union Berlin return to home comforts on Saturday when Bayer Leverkusen are the latest visitors to Köpenick on Saturday at 15:30.
Review: Classy win in Bremen, Leverkusen out-score Borussia Dortmund
Urs Fischer’s team added another impressive scalp last Saturday when the promoted club ran out 2-0 winners against Werder Bremen at the Weser-Stadion. Marius Bülter scored both goals in the second half — his fifth and sixth of his first-ever Bundesliga campaign. The excellent and controlled nature of the performance secured a second away win of the season and moved Union up to 11th, with an eight-point cushion above the relegation play-off position.
Meanwhile, it was a box office showing at the BayArena on Saturday night when Peter Bosz’s side fought back to dent Borussia Dortmund’s title challenge. Mats Hummels, Emre Can and Raphael Guerreiro scored for the visitors as Dortmund commanded a 3-2 advantage with about 25 minutes to play. But fifth-placed Leverkusen’s aggressive, attacking approach bore fruits towards the end with goals inside 60 seconds from Leon Bailey and Lars Bender to secure a vital three points in their own quest for a spot in next season’s Champions League.
Record: Werkself on top
Bayer Leverkusen hold a dominant record in this duel with one Bundelsiga win — 2-0 at home back in October — and two victories in the DFB Pokal. The Werkself won 5-0 in Köpenick in 2003/04, then 4-1 at the BayArena after extra-time in 2017/18. At the start of next month, the pair will go head-to-head once more with a place in the semi-finals of the German Cup up for grabs.
Personnel: Friedrich returns
Andy Gogia, Joshua Mees and Laurenz Dehl remain in recovery-mode, while Fischer confirmed that Sheraldo Becker, Michael Parensen and Manuel Schmiedebach were doubtful as of Thursday. There is good news on the fitness front as Grischa Prömel came through three substitute appearances in the past week. Central defender Marvin Friedrich will be available once again after serving a one-game suspension. Christopher Trimmel and Keven Schlotterbeck are currently walking a suspension tightrope with four yellow cards to their respective accounts.
Service: Sold out at home
1. FC Union Berlin’s game with Bayer Leverkusen is officially sold out. The secondary ticket market is open for club members to purchase any remaining tickets or place a ticket up for sale.
The club encourages all fans to make use of all public transport routes given the limited number of parking spaces around the Stadion An der Alten Försterei.