Two struggling teams searching for their form
Union Berlin are missing Kenny Prince Redondo, Michael Parensen and Fabian Schonheim due to injury.
Ingolstadt have a full squad available, Coach Stefan Leitl miss only defender Romain Bregerie injured.
Injured/unavailable: Fabian Schonheim, Kenny Prince Redondo (both knee); Michael Parensen (calf)
Injured/unavailable: Romain Bregerie (calf)
MAIN PREDICTION: DRAW
Coach Andre Hofschneider had a miserable debut at Union Berlin last weekend. His men lost the derby against Dresden 1-0, but despite being on a four-match winless run they are still fourth. The new man in charge already finds himself under pressure and following their latest results, he will need to line up a compact XI who will fight from the beginning to secure a good result against promotion rivals Ingolstadt.
Ingolstadt were lucky enough to find a single goal against bottom-of-the-table Kaiserslautern during their 1-1 away draw last Sunday. Although they were the better side and had more than 60% ball possession they almost ended up with their seventh defeat of the season, which would have put them nine points behind third place. The match against Union Berlin is a very important one and it would be a good opportunity for them to move closer to the top before the winter break.
Neither team have been on their best of form recently and a lot speaks for a draws here. Three of their latest four meetings have also shown the same outcome, so I’ll predict this to end all square.
SECOND PREDICTION: FIRST TEAM TO SCORE – INGOLSTADT
Union Berlin have been the first team to concede in all of their last five home matches against Ingolstadt. I think this trend is likely to continue and they should be the first to concede again.
HEAD TO HEAD
Union Berlin have hosted Ingolstadt five times in the 2. Bundesliga over the course of the past seven years, winning once and drawing four times.