Borussia Dortmund will travel to Berlin this Sunday to face Union Berlin in the tenth round of the 2022/23 Bundesliga season.
Venue: Stadion An der Alten Försterei (Berlin)
Union Berlin have kept four clean sheets in their last five games.
They have not lost a league game at home in their last ten outings (W7, D3).
They have the best defence in the league so far having conceded six goals in nine games.
Borussia Dortmund have scored the least goals for teams in the current Bundesliga top nine (12 goals).
The visitors have lost their last two away league games.
Head to head
Borussia Dortmund have won four of the last five meetings between both sides.
Latest performances in all competitions
Union Berlin: W-W-W-L-W
Union Berlin will look to continue their impressive start to the season when they take on Borussia Dortmund at the An Der Alten Försterei.
Die Eisernen have taken the Bundesliga by storm this season and currently leads the title-chasing pack with 20 points after nine rounds of football.
Urs Fischer has taken his team of unsung players to new heights this season, but face a steep challenge to maintain their form for the rest of the season, especially with perennial winners Bayern Munich finding the stride in recent weeks, after looking a bit disjointed earlier this season.
However, for the Swiss coach, it is a case of putting one foot in front of the other and taking one step at a time, and a crunch test against Borussia Dortmund will be considered a final like every other game Die Eisernen have played this season.
Union Berlin secured a hard-fought three points against Stuttgart last weekend with a Paul Jaeckel goal the only thing separating both teams after 90 minutes. Urs Fischer’s side followed their win up with another 1-0 win against Swedish side Malmo, this time in the Europa League last Thursday.
The Swiss coach will now be keen to see his side pick up yet another win and further strengthen their lead at the top of the table. However, this tie has not been fair to Die Eisernen, as they have lost four of their last five games with Borussia Dortmund.
Possible Union Berlin starting line-up
Frederik Ronnow; Paul Jaeckel, Robin Knoche, Diogo Leite; Christopher Trimmel, Rani Khedira, Andras Schafer, Janik Haberer, Niko Giesselmann; Jordan Siebatcheu, Sheraldo Becker.
Injured: Timo Baumgartl, Kevin Mohwald
Edin Terzic has done a fine job since taking over the job at Signal-Iduna Park.
But with Marco Rose being shown the door even after finishing second behind Bayern Munich, a top-of-the-table finish may just not cut it for a big club like Dortmund who have failed to lift the Bundesliga title since their 2011/2012 title-winning season under Jurgen Klopp.
However, the German coach looks prepared and capable for the task at hand, and with five wins, three losses and one draw, Borussia Dortmund sit in fourth place, four points behind League leaders Union Berlin.
Die Borussen have the chance to cut their gap on the top to one point with a win over Urs Fischer’s team.
Edin Terzic’s side have shown tenacity in their last two games, to come from behind to steal a draw against Bayern Munich after going two goals down last weekend, and another comeback draw against Sevilla in the Champions League in midweek.
However, the Swiss Coach will be less enthusiastic to see his side wake up after going behind, and will be keen to see his side take the initiative this time and secure all three points, as they look to search for their first win in the Bundesliga since the turn of the month.
Possible Dortmund starting line-up
Gregor Kobel; Marius Wolf, Mats Hummels, Nico Schlotterbeck, Raphael Guerreiro; Jude Bellingham, Salih Ozcan; Karim Adeyemi, Donyell Malen, Julian Brandt; Anthony Modeste.
Injured: Sebastian Haller, Jamie Bynoe-Gittens, Mahmoud Dahoud,
Doubtful: Marco Reus
Union Berlin 1-2 Borussia Dortmund