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Nov 7, 2020 at 2.30pm UK at Stadion An der Alten Försterei
Union BerlinUnion Berlin
5-0
Arminia BielefeldArminia Bielefeld
Endo (3'), Andrich (13'), Becker (45+2'), Kruse (52' pen.), Teuchert (89')
FT(HT: 3-0)

Preview: Union Berlin vs. Arminia Bielefeld – prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Saturday's Bundesliga clash between Union Berlin and Arminia Bielefeld, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.

Union Berlin head into their Bundesliga encounter with Arminia Bielefeld on Saturday looking to extend their unbeaten record to six matches.

Meanwhile, Arminia Bielefeld make the trip to Stadion An der Alten Forsterei on the back of four consecutive league defeats, conceding nine goals in the process.


Match preview

Union Berlin players celebrate beating Mainz in the Bundesliga in October 2020© Reuters

Since losing on the opening day of the 2020-21 campaign to Augsburg, Union Berlin have gone from strength to strength, extending their run to five matches without defeat and climbing to eighth in the Bundesliga table.

Die Eisernen secured an impressive 3-1 away victory at Hoffenheim on Monday night in a game where chances were at a premium.

The sending off of first-half substitute Robert Skov, who bundled over striker Taiwo Awoniyi inside the penalty area, seemed to have changed the game, with a Max Kruse-inspired performance rubbing more salt into Hoffenheim's wounds.

Kruse's spot-kick as well as two assists laid on for Joel Pohjanpalo and Cedric Teuchert late in the game secured the three points for Union Berlin.

Another league victory on Saturday could move Urs Fischer's side as high as fourth in the Bundesliga table.

Arminia Bielefeld's Cebio Soukou celebrates scoring against Eintracht Frankfurt on September 19, 2020© Reuters

After collecting just four points from their opening two Bundesliga matches this season, Arminia Bielefeld are still adjusting to life back in the top flight after 11 years away.

Die Blauen have suffered four consecutive defeats – including last weekend's 2-0 home loss to Borussia Dortmund – which sees them sit just above the relegation playoff zone in 15th place. Arminia have only had fewer points in the top flight after six games in 1996-97, when their total then was just three.

Manager Uwe Neuhaus has seen his side struggle for goals this campaign after netting only four times so far - only Schalke 04 have scored fewer with three.

Club legend Fabian Klos is yet to score at this level having been the club's top goalscorer in eight of the last nine seasons in the lower divisions, leaving the 32-year-old German desperate to get off the mark in the Bundesliga.

Neuhaus will face his former club this weekend – a club he coached between 2007 and 2014 – and a win against Union Berlin could see Arminia move up two places to 13th in the table.

Union Berlin Bundesliga form: LDWDDW
Union Berlin form (all competitions): LDWDDW

Arminia Bielefeld Bundesliga form: DWLLLL
Arminia Bielefeld form (all competitions): DWLLLL


Team News

Union Berlin players celebrate Marcus Ingvartsen's goal on May 27, 2020© Reuters

Goalkeeper Loris Karius (foot) – on loan from Liverpool – and striker Anthony Ujah (knee) remain sidelined for Union Berlin, with both players yet to make an appearance for the club this campaign.

35-year-old midfielder Christian Genter is likely to remain in the starting lineup alongside Sebastian Griesbeck, with Robert Andrich playing further forward.

Max Kruse and Joel Pohjanpalo, who both scored on Monday night against Hoffenheim, are set to remain in attack.

Arminia Bielefeld forward Andreas Voglsammer remains injured with a hairline fracture of the foot.

Cedric Brunner and Nathan de Medina will be competing with one another for a place in the starting XI at right-back.

Forward Sven Schipplock, who came on as a substitute to score against Wolfsburg two weeks ago, is likely to start the match from the bench once again.

Union Berlin possible starting lineup:
Luthe; Friedrich, Knoche, Schlotterbeck; Trimmel, Genter, Griesbeck, Lenz; Andrich; Kruse, Pohjanpalo

Arminia Bielefeld possible starting lineup:
Ortega; De Medina, Pieper, Van der Hoorn, Lucoqui; Prietl, Hartel; Cordova, Doan, Soukou; Klos


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We say: Union Berlin 3-1 Arminia Bielefeld

The last four meetings between the two sides have finished as 1-1 draws but with the home side in good form, scoring in all eight of their matches in all competitions this campaign, and with the visitors still adjusting to life back in the top flight, Union Berlin should be able to secure their third Bundesliga victory.


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2RB Leipzig1695228141432
3Bayer LeverkusenB. Leverkusen1685330161429
4Borussia DortmundDortmund1692532201229
5Union BerlinUnion Berlin1677232201228
6Wolfsburg166822419526
7Eintracht FrankfurtFrankfurt166822824426
8Borussia MonchengladbachBorussia M'bach166733026425
9Freiburg166552926323
10Stuttgart165743224822
11Augsburg165471725-819
12Werder Bremen164661924-518
13Hertha Berlin164572325-217
14Hoffenheim164482230-816
15Arminia Bielefeld1642101024-1414
16FC Koln162681327-1412
17Mainz 051614111534-197
18Schalke 04Schalke1614111342-297

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