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·30 September 2022

Matchday in focus: Union Berlin

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Up front, Union Berlin have a striker enjoying a rich vein of form, while at the back they have an experienced campaigner and a former Eagle.

Tactics

Urs Fischer, who has been at the helm since 2018, took Union Berlin up into the Bundesliga in 2019 and steered them to 11th, seventh and fifth in the table in the seasons after that, qualifying them for the UEFA Conference League and the UEFA Europa League in the process. They are currently unbeaten in 14 Bundesliga matches stretching back to last season and top the table entering this weekend. Tactically, Fischer relies on a 3-5-2 formation.

Absentees

Aurélio Buta (knee operation), Jérôme Onguéné (adductor injury) and Almamy Touré (infection) are all sidelined for Eintracht, while Ansgar Knauff and Kristijan Jakic are doubtful.

Union Berlin will have to do without Kevin Möhwald.

One to watch: Sheraldo Becker

With six goals in seven games and three assists to his name on top of that, Sheraldo Becker is very much the man of the moment up front for Union.

  • This is the highest number of league goals for a Union Berlin player seven games into the season.
  • On Matchday 7 against Wolfsburg, the 27-year-old scored one and set up another – the third time this season that he had managed that particular double and the sixth time this calendar year.
  • Although he has five caps for Suriname – a small country on the north-east coast of South America – he was born in Amsterdam and came up through the youth system at Ajax.

We meet again

Union’s goalkeeper Frederik Rönnow moved from Bröndby IF to Eintracht in summer 2018 and spent three years as an Eagle before joining the Köpenick club in 2021.

Frankfurt’s Christopher Lenz made 72 appearances for Union before moving to Eintracht in summer 2021.

Key battle: Randal Kolo Muani vs. Robin Knoche

After some strong recent showings in the Bundesliga, Randal Kolo Muani made his debut for France during this month’s international break. Like team-mate Daichi Kamada, he has six scoring involvements to his name so far this season (two goals and four assists).

Looking to keep Kolo Muani in check will be 30-year-old central defender Robin Knoche, a lynchpin of Union’s backline who has made a name for himself with his aggressive, intensive style of play, particularly in the one-on-ones.

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