Bayern Munich will be hoping to keep their grip on top spot in the Bundesliga when they travel to the impressive Union Berlin on Saturday (5:30pm kick-off).
Union Berlin XI: Luthe; Friedrich, Knoche, Ryersen; Trimmel, Griesbeck, Promel, Lenz; Ingvartsen, Bulter; Awoniyi.
Bayern Munich XI: Neuer; Pavard, Boateng, Alaba, Davies; Goretzka, Musiala; Gnabry, Muller, Coman; Lewandowski.
Where to watch Union Berlin vs Bayern Munich on TV:
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- US: ESPN+
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Scoreline prediction: Union Berlin 1-2 Bayern Munich
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Union Berlin vs Bayern Munich build-up, previous line-ups & injury news:
With RB Leipzig beating Werder Bremen, Hansi Flick’s side go into the game in second placed, but will return top with a win against Union Berlin. However, this is another difficult game, with Union Berlin flying high in sixth, in what is just their second season in the top flight.
Although they did lose the Berlin Derby 3-1 against Hertha last weekend, this season has been a largely positive one for Union Berlin, and one not many would have expected them to have.
Despite performing well in their debut Bundesliga campaign, there was nothing really noteworthy about it, as they finished clear of the relegation spots but too far from European football.
But, this season they certainly are within a chance of at least qualifying for the Europa League (if they maintain their current form), with four wins and four draws from their opening 10 games. And only Bayern have scored more than Union Berlin in the Bundesliga this season.
Speaking of Bayern, an early defeat to Hoffenheim aside, it has been another dominant start to the Bundesliga season. Last weekend’s draw with RB Leipzig was just the third time Bayern have failed to collect all three points in the Bundesliga this season, with seven wins. They also ended their Champions League group in winning fashion with a comfortable 2-0 win over Lokomotiv Moscow in which they were able to rest a handful of their players.
- Union Berlin (vs Hertha Berlin): Luthe; Trimmel, Friedrich, Knoche, Lenz; Promel, Andrich*; Ryerson, Ingvartsen; Kruse*, Awoniyi.
- Bayern Munich (vs Lokomotiv Moscow): Neuer; Sarr, Sule, Boateng, Davies; Roca, Goretzka; Sane, Muller, Costa; Choupo-Moting.
Robert Andrich is suspended for the hosts after his red card in last week’s Berlin Derby and he is joined on the sidelines by Max Kruse, who suffered an injury in the final moments of that match and is expected to be out for eight weeks. Joel Pohjanpalo, Keven Schlotterbeck and Anthony Ujah are also out.
Alphonso Davies made his return from an ankle injury in the midweek Champions League win, but may not start this weekend to avoid a recurrence, with Lucas Hernandez ready to start. Joshua Kimmich and Javi Martinez remain sidelined for Flick, while Niklas Sule is a doubt.
Player to watch: Thomas Muller (Bayern Munich)
If you were to ask any football fan what Muller’s best attribute is in football, more often than not they would say it’s his ability to assist his teammates. But this season the German has once again found the goals to complement his assists.
He still leads the early Bundesliga standings with six assists so far this season, but he has also scored six goals, with only a handful of players managing more than him. Two of Muller’s six goals were important against RB Leipzig last weekend, first giving Bayern a 2-1 lead and then equalising in the second half to earn his side a point and keep them top of the table.
Remarkably, he is just two behind the eight he managed in 2019/20 and if he continues to play the way he is, it won’t be long before he matches and then beats that tally. The question now is: is he on course to matching his 2015/16 return when he scored 20 goals in the Bundesliga, before he switched to a more assist-focused game?
Bundesliga 2020/21 recent form:
- Union Berlin: LDWWW
- Bayern Munich: DWDWW
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