Union Berlin to make home advantage count
Union Berlin are missing the injured Kenny Prince Redond, Sebastian Polter, Michael Parensen and Fabian Schonheim.
Regensburg have no injury or suspension concerns. Coach Achim Beierlorzer can count on a fully fit squad against Union Berlin. The only absentee is Kevin Hoffmann but he is not considered an important player.
Injured/unavailable: Fabian Schonheim, Kenny Prince Redondo (both knee); Sebastian Polter (Achilles), Michael Parensen (unspecified)
Injured/unavailable: Kevin Hoffmann (adductor)
MAIN PREDICTION: DRAW
Union Berlin were pegged back at the death against bottom side Aue last Sunday, with a 0-0 draw at Alte Forsterei. The Union boys have lost two of their past five overall and have picked up only two wins in their last seven on home soil in the league. Andre Hofschneider’s men, who are sitting in eighth, have their work cut out in the race for the promotion playoff place.
After nine wins, three draws and only three defeats in 15 league matches, Regensburg could be dark horses for the promotion playoff spot. Achim Beierlorzer’s side have arguably been the most consistent side in the 2. Bundesliga in recent month and the club are now just two points adrift of the third place after beating Sandhausen 2-1 at home last Sunday. However, their away form has not been the best and they could claim only five from a possible 15 points in their last five away outings. Overall, they have only won three of their 12 games on the road.
Regensburg have lost their last two on their travels and only managed two draws before that. However, they are very close to the top three and should be boosted by their important home win over Sandhausen last time out while Union have a lot important players out. I am backing Regensburg to get back on track on the road and put some pressure on third-placed Kiel.
SECOND PREDICTION: FIRST TEAM TO SCORE – UNION BERLIN
Union Berlin have opened the scoring in four of their six home league wins this term. Therefore, put some money on Union Berlin to score first this Saturday.
HEAD TO HEAD
Union Berlin have won two of their three home meetings against Regensburg, with the other one ending in a draw.