Union Berlin will be hoping to topple another big name at the Stadion An der Alten Försterei when they welcome leaders Bayern Munich on Sunday evening.
The Bundesliga has returning behind closed doors, and so Bayern will continue their efforts to win a eighth straight title (and 30th overall). Going into gameweek 26 they had a four-point lead, their biggest of the whole season. But the BVB’s 4-0 Revierderby win over Schalke has cut that down to one point.
And Dortmund themselves were handed a defeat in their trip to Kopenick at the start of the season, so Union will undoubtedly want another scalp. Die Eisernen are enjoying a productive debut season in the top flight, currently sitting comfortably in midtable and were unfortunate not to come away with a result from the Allianz Arena earlier in the season.
Where to watch Union Berlin v Bayern Munich on TV:
- UK: The match will be broadcast at 17:00 on BT Sport.
- US: Fox Sports
Bundesliga live streaming: Union Berlin vs Bayern Munich
- UK: bet365 are expected to continue live streaming Bundesliga fixtures when the remainder of the 2019/20 season gets back underway. Here’s how you can access fixtures being live streamed on the bet365 platform:
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- Make a deposit to unlock the live stream sections of the site
- Head to the live stream section of the site
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- US: Readers based in the States can try Fubo, who are currently running a free trial offer.
Union Berlin vs Bayern Munich preview
Sunday’s meeting will be just the second time these two sides have faced off in competition action, with Union currently experiencing their first season in the top flight of German football.
The capital club’s first trip to the Allianz Arena came in late October with Bayern running out 2-1 winners, moving them to the top of the Bundesliga table – then managed by Niko Kovac. Benjamin Pavard opened the scoring with a beautifully struck volley before Robert Lewandowski doubled the advantage, becoming the first player in Bundesliga history to score in each of the first nine games of the season.
Union weren’t without their chances, however, and were awarded a penalty just before the hour mark. But Sebastian Andersson saw his spot-kick saved by Manuel Neuer, missing the opportunity to hand Union a lifeline. The visitors were awarded another penalty late on and Sebastien Polter stepped up this time to score, but Bayern hung on for the three points.
Since then, Bayern have continued their push for an eighth-consecutive league title while Union look comfortable in their quest for a second Bundesliga campaign – and a positive result against the leaders will go some way to making that a reality.
Bayern are back
By Bayern’s standards, they’ve been going through something of an identity crisis over the past few years. Underwhelming Champions League campaigns dampened their spirits despite multiple league titles – their competition wasn’t as strong as it could have been, however, which surely played a role in their European failure.
However, before the Bundesliga’s break, Hansi Flick got the Bavarian outfit back to their best – being rewarded with the permanent managerial role for his efforts. Bayern have been scintillating at times this season and currently have a four-point cushion at the top of the league, easing fears of an end to their dominance.
They’ve won 10 of their last 11 games in the Bundesliga and are yet to lose in 2020 – the only side in the German top flight to boast this record.
With Dortmund facing Schalke in an eagerly anticipated Revierderby this gameweek, this could be an opportunity for Flick’s side to get one step closer to an eighth consecutive Bundesliga title.
Scoreline prediction: Union Berlin 0-2 Bayern Munich
Bundesliga 2019/20 table and recent form (after gameweek 25):
- Bayern Munich (55pts): WWWWD
- Borussia Dortmund (51pts): WWWWL
- RB Leipzig (50pts): DDWWD
- Bayer Leverkusen (47pts): WDWWW
- Borussia Monchengladbach (46pts): LWDWD
- Schalke (37pts): DLLDD