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Oct 26, 2019 at 2.30pm UK at Allianz Arena (München)
Attendance: 75,000
BayernBayern Munich
Union BerlinUnion Berlin
Pavard (13'), Lewandowski (53')
FT(HT: 1-0)
Polter (86' pen.)

Preview: Bayern Munich vs. Union Berlin - predictions, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Saturday's Bundesliga clash between Bayern Munich and Union Berlin, including predictions, team news and lineups.

Bayern Munich will be looking to end their two-game winless run in the Bundesliga on Saturday when they welcome Union Berlin to the Allianz Arena.

Niko Kovac's men are one point off the top of the table in third, while Urs Fischer's side, who are currently in their first campaign as a member of Germany's top flight, are 14th.

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Robert Lewandowski celebrates scoring for Bayern Munich on October 1, 2019© Reuters

Although Bayern are third in a very tight Bundesliga after eight games, they are enduring their worst start to a league campaign since 2010.

Kovac's side won 3-2 against Olympiacos during midweek in the Champions League but the defensive issues that have plagued their campaign were on show throughout in Greece.

Bayern have kept just two clean sheets all season and the knocks picked up by Javi Martinez and Lucas Hernandez in that game will provide encouragement for Union Berlin, who have, on average, fielded Europe's tallest starting XI this season.

The centre of attention for the Bavarian giants on Saturday in the first ever competitive meeting between the two clubs will be Polish striker Robert Lewandowski, who will become the first player to score in the opening nine games of a Bundesliga season if he adds to his tally of 12 from the opening eight matchdays.

FC Union Berlin's Marius Bulter celebrates scoring their second goal with team mates on August 31, 2019© Reuters

Fischer's team won last weekend against Freiburg to secure their second victory of the season and end a four game losing run.

Die Eisemen have acquitted themselves fairly well since entering the Bundesliga, playing around with their formations but mostly sticking to the same basic approach.

Berlin usually field three central defenders with wing backs providing attacking outlets in the wide channels, with those players then dropping back when they are out of possession to create a back five.

However, Fischer's side have often been undone by their indiscipline this season, incurring three red cards in their opening eight games, and they will need their full complement to keep Bayern quiet at the Allianz Arena.

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Bayern Munich defender Niklas Sule in action against Liverpool in the Champions League on March 13, 2019© Reuters

Hernandez and Martinez were the latest names to enter the Bayern treatment room in midweek, with Mickael Cuisance, Niklas Sule and Jann-Fiete Arp already out injured.

Aside from that Kovac has a mostly fit squad to choose from for Saturday's game and the Croat is likely to rotate some players, with Leon Goretzka and Ivan Perisic among those potentially set to be offered starting berths.

The Bayern coach's main decision will be whether to start Lewandowski or bring him on from the bench during the game in order to give him some rest ahead of a key run of fixtures for the Bavarian side.

Union Berlin are without Grischa Promel and Akaki Gogia for this game, with the latter set to be out for the majority of the season after rupturing his ACL.

Fischer is likely to field a similar side to that which beat Freiburg last weekend, although he may elect to go with a 3-5-2 that better accommodates their big Nigerian striker Anthony Ujah.

Bayern Munich possible starting lineup:
Neuer; Kimmich, Pavard, Boateng, Alaba; Tolisso, Thiago; Coman, Goretzka, Perisic; Lewandowski

Union Berlin possible starting lineup:
Gikiewicz; Friedrich, Schlotterbeck, Parensen; Bulter, Gentner, Schmeidebach, Andrich, Lenz; Ingvartsen, Ujah

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We say: Bayern Munich 3-1 Union Berlin

Although Union Berlin may be able to exploit Bayern's recent defensive frailties with an early goal, the home side should have more than enough to get back to winning ways in the Bundesliga.


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