Union Berlin vs RB Leipzig
Competition: Germany Bundesliga
Date: 18 August 2019
Kick-off: 18:00 CET
What a day for Union Berlin… After finishing third last season in the second division, they had to go through playoffs against Stuttgart, to try earn a ticket to the Bundesliga, for the first time ever. In the two games against VfB, they did enough to get promoted, and be in the position to be hosting their first Bundesliga match, a truly historic day at Stadion An der Alten Försterei. Their first official match of the season was last weekend, when they destroyed Germania Halberstadt 0-6 in the DFB Pokal. Next day, on Monday, they played a friendly match, in which former Borussia Dortmund defender Neven Subotic appeared to have left behind him an injury that troubled him lately. Urs Fischer, Union’s coach, has all his players at his disposal, and is expected to have Gikiewicz, Trimmel, Friedrich, Subotic, Reichel, Becker, Gentner, Prömel, Bülter, Ujah and Andersson in the starting lineup.
The biggest news at RB Leipzig are not about players who left or arrived, but about who will be leading them from the bench this season. Even before the end of their previous Bundesliga campaign it was known that Julian Nagelsmann would be taking over. His official debut was last weekend, when Leipzig won 2-3 at Osnabrück, in the DFB Pokal. Ever since they got promoted to the Bundesliga, Leipzig have managed to look super competitive, last season they finished third, eight whole points ahead of fourth-placed Bayer Leverkusen, and with Nagelsmann in charge, it’s no wonder many, including Dortmund captain Marco Reus, consider them real title contenders. Adams, Wolf and Upamecano are recovering from injuries. Most probably, Leipzig will start with Gulacsi, Konate, Orban, Mukiele, Klostermann, Demme, Nkunku, Laimer, Sabitzer, Poulsen and Werner.
Previous five matches:
Lichtenberg vs Union Berlin 1-4
Germania Halberstadt vs Union Berlin 0-6
Union Berlin vs Celta 0-3
Wolfsburg vs Union Berlin 1-1
Erzgebirge Aue vs Union Berlin 1-1
Osnabrück vs RB Leipzig 2-3
RB Leipzig vs Aston Villa 1-3
RB Leipzig vs Rennes 2-0
RB Leipzig vs Galatasaray 3-2
RB Leipzig vs Zürich 1-4
Union’s next game is at Augsburg, next weekend. RB Leipzig will be hosting Eintracht Frankfurt (both Bundesliga matches).
Union Berlin vs RB Leipzig: Head to head Stats
Union have hosted Leipzig just twice before, they drew 1-1 in 2015, and had beaten them 2-1 a year earlier.
Union Berlin vs RB Leipzig: Prediction
The hosts should look super enthusiastic, this is the club’s first Bundesliga game ever, but I still trust the better team, Leipzig, to earn all three points.
Union Berlin vs RB Leipzig: Betting Tips
Leipzig’s win pays 1.70, going up to 2.50 if combined with “over 2.5 goals”.