Union Berlin’s campaign in Bundesliga this season has turned into dismay. They are currently on the thirteenth of the table and have had four consecutive defeats, including the last two after the league resumed. What’s even worse, they were unable to score in the last two games and conceded six goals. This weekend should be a proper opportunity for Sebastian Andersson and Co to end their negative trend while hosting Mainz 05, which currently sits on the fifteen of the table with three points behind Union Berlin. A win is crucial for both teams for their own safety in the league.
Both teams’ previous matches
Union Berlin slumped to an embarrassing defeat in the Berlin Derby. They were barely unable to create decent chances and beaten 0-4 in Olympiastadion, the homebase of Hertha Berlin. Vedad Ibisevic, Dude Lukebakio, Matheus Cunha and Derdyck Boyata bagged a goal each.
Mainz was no different from their contender. They even had worse result as RB Leipzig smashed them 5-0 at home. Timo Werner plus Yussuf Poulsen and Marcel Sabitzer found the back of their net in that game.
Urs Fischer’s preference to employ 3-4-3 seemed to work quite well against Bayern. Yet, it did not in Berlin Derby. Thus, he might need to prepare a back up plan. Deploying 4-3-2-1 could be a good option to provide more balance on the defensive and offensive. However, some names will miss the game despite the fact that they are not the regular ones in the line up such as Christopher Lenz, Akaki Gogia and Sheraldo Becker.
Mainz boss, Archim Beierlorzer has been deploying various formations from 3-4-3, 4-4-2 and 4-2-3-1. He might opt for the last one with the transition to 4-4-1-1 by relying on Austrian international Karim Onisiwo and the Swedish striker who could play wide, Robin Quaison. Fortunately, only Robin Zenther will be sidelined for this outing.
Players to watch
In Union Berlin, their top performers of this season are their top scorer Sebastian Andersson with eleven goals, the top assists provider Christopher Trimmel with seven assists and the Tunisian attacking midfielder, Yunus Malli..
Mainz’s current top performers are the Swedish international Robin Quaison who has bagged twelve goals and provided two assists, Levin Oztunali and Pierre Kunde. Another key man in the squad is Jean Paul Boetius with his three goals and five assists.
Union Berlin vs Mainz Prediction
It is a must-win match for both teams. Any result of this game could decide their fate in Bundesliga this season. Nevertheless, Union’s disappointing form might endure as they have more offensive frailties than Mainz, despite the fact that both were being trashed in a big score by their opponent last week. A narrow win for Archim Beierlorzer’s men is more likely to happen.
It is a definitely even game. Urs Fischer’s men are still backed to win slightly higher at 2.25 than Robin Quasion and Co. Their win market is only at 3.10. The odds for the draw result are at 3.40.