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Bundesliga: Can Union Berlin End Their Drought Against RB Leipzig?

Union Berlin vs RB Leipzig

Union Berlin plan to give their home crowd something to celebrate when they take on RB Leipzig for their last Bundesliga match of the 2020/21 season. 

After a long wait, Die Eisernen were finally allowed to have fans inside their stadium, with COVID-19 protocols to be implemented to assure everyone of their safety.

The Alte Forsterei Stadium, who has a seating capacity of around 20,000, can welcome 2,000 ticket holders on Saturday since infection rates have dropped in Germany. 

The fans who are attending will also be able to get a free antigen test at the club’s own test centre, according to the Bundesliga 2021 news.

The return of their passionate fanbase should give Union Berlin a huge boost as they look to end their season strong by trying to fight for a place in next year’s inaugural Europa Conference League.

Union Berlin are in the driver’s seat since they’re at seventh with 47 points and a win against the second-seeded RB Leipzig will confirm their place in the said tournament.

Talking Points

The future is bright for Union Berlin

Fans over at Berlin have something to look forward to as Die Eisernen are guaranteed of a Top 10 spot for their second consecutive season in German top-flight.

That is a huge jump considering they only finished at the 11th spot last term, and now they’re in good position to make a return to European football for the first time in a long while.

Union may feel that they’re out of reach since they’re five points behind an Europa League place, but entering the new UEFA Europa Conference League should be a good consolation nonetheless.

However, in order to secure their place there, Urs Fischer’s side needs a positive result against RB Leipzig since they haven’t won in three of their last four league games.

The Berliners were in danger to lose their third straight against Bayer Leverkusen last weekend when Florian Wirtz scored during the first half. However, Joel Pohjanpalo scored the equaliser in order to salvage a point.

The super sub has been playing well for Union, notching four goals in their last two games, and he’ll be a key player to look out for if you’re Leipzig.

Max Kruse, who is Union’s leading scorer with 10 goals, needs to regain his rhythm fast given that he has yet to score since March.

End of an era for RB Leipzig

Boss Julian Nagelsmann is looking serious during RB Leipzig’s Bundesliga match
Outgoing RB Leipzig manager Julian Nagelsmann watching his team compete against Wolfsburg

RB Leipzig aim to end their season on a high as they’ll bid farewell to two of their foundational stars. 

Julian Nagelsmann and Dayot Upamecano will coach and play for RB Leipzig this weekend one last time as both are heading to Bayern Munich next season.

Even with a guaranteed second place finish and not much incentive to go hard, they would certainly prefer a win here especially after a tough outing last week.

Borussia Dortmund beat them twice in the league and in the DFB-Pokal finals, denying them what should’ve been their first silverware to their bare trophy case. And last Monday, they were denied another win by VfL Wolfsburg.

The good news is that RB Leipzig have been the better team against Union Berlin, which is why we are inclined to give them the edge to secure a comfortable victory on the road.

History

The Berliners and the Red Bulls meet for the seventh time this weekend and fourth overall in the Bundesliga.

RB Leipzig have the big advantage in the head-to-heads since they’ve won five games, while Union Berlin have only won once along with one draw.

In their reverse fixture last January, RB Leipzig came away with a 1-0 win as Emil Forsberg scored the game-winner during the 70th minute.

Prior to the said game, Union Berlin were unbeaten in six consecutive league games. But the loss halted their streak and they struggled to grab more points ever since.