Union Berlin set to get back on track
Union Berlin are missing Kenny Prince Redondo, Michael Parensen and Fabian Schonheim due to injury.
Dresden are still without the long-term injured Pascal Testroet while Soren Gonther has problems with his Achilles tendon and will miss out again. Furthermore, Marco Hartmann is unavailable after receiving his fifth yellow card in the last game.
Injured/unavailable: Fabian Schonheim, Kenny Prince Redondo (both knee); Michael Parensen (calf)
Suspended: Marco Hartmann
Injured/unavailable: Pascal Testroet (knee), Soren Gonther (Achilles)
MAIN PREDICTION: HOME WIN
Although Union Berlin have been struggling in their last three league matches, they are still in a very good position overall and in the race for promotion. They produced a disappointing performance last time out away at Bochum as although they took the lead early in the game they were not able to hold onto it. Coach Uwe Neuhaus was very disappointed after the game. However, Union are trailing leaders Holstein Kiel by only six points and they will fancy their chances against Dresden this weekend.
Dresden should be good opponents for the hosts in order to get back on track, even though they claimed their second win in seven games against Aue on Sunday, beating them 4-0. Despite sitting in 12th, they are still close to the drop zone and are only two points ahead of Darmstadt in the relegation playoff place. However, they have a reasonably good goal difference of -1 compared to the other teams in the bottom 8.
Games between these two sides tend to be quite intense. However, Union have been convincing at home recently, recording four wins and three draws in their last seven matches. I think they will continue that run and return to winning ways after their disappointing defeat last time out.
SECOND PREDICTION: HALF TIME HAD – HOME WIN
Union Berlin should get off the mark early with Sebastian Polter most likely to score. Union Berlin have a +9 goal difference from seven games played at ‘Alte Forsterei and have been leading at half time in three of their last four home games. This trend should continue here.
HEAD TO HEAD
Union Berlin have hosted Dresden four times in the 2. Bundesliga over the course of the past six years, winning once and drawing three times.