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Union take on high-flying Wolfsburg

First Alte Försterei clash on 2021:

Thu, 07. January 2021
Union take on high-flying Wolfsburg

1. FC Union Berlin will look to pick up from last weekend's victory in Bremen when VfL Wolfsburg make the trip to the Stadion An der Alten Försterei on Saturday January 9 (15:30).

Review

Goals from Taiwo Awoniyi and Sheraldo Becker secured three points from a 2-0 win at Werder Bremen last Saturday. After the early goals, Urs Fischer's side controlled and managed the game expertly well to claim the victory. In the 12th minute, Union's attacking strength came to the fore and Awoniyi slipped Becker through for the simplest of finishes past Jiri Pavlenka. On 28 minutes, Robert Andrich won a loose ball in midfield and played through to the on-loan Liverpool striker who scored his fourth goal in five games.

Opposition

Oliver Glasner's Wolfsburg are one of the teams to avoid defeat against 1. FC Union Berlin in the Bundesliga so far. Both of last season's top-flight results went the way of the Wolves despite Union's excellent campaign overall. Wolfsburg are level on points with Union (24) and are looking to cement their place in European football next season. The Wolves did go down at Borussia Dortmund on Sunday, but Glasner's side competed toe-to-toe with Edin Terzic's men. 

Personnel

Fischer confirmed there was little improvement to the current injury situation. Max Kruse, Joel Pohjanpalo and Anthony Ujah remain unavailable with further discussions in the press conference about future reinforcements in the January window. There was a positive note for the squad with Nico Schlotterbeck and Christian Gentner taking steps forward in their respective recoveries. Midfielder Grischa Prömel is suspended after picking up a fifth yellow card in Bremen.

Service

The first league match of the new calendar year will be held behind closed doors.