Schalke will look to keep their faint survival hopes alive when they travel to Union Berlin on Saturday at 5:30pm (UK time).
Christian Gross’ men are rooted to the bottom of the Bundesliga with just one win and eight points from 20 games so far, leaving them nine points adrift of safety. Union, meanwhile, are ninth, just three points behind Borussia Dortmund in the Europa League places.
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Where to watch Union Berlin vs Schalke on TV:
- UK: BT Sport 2
- US: ESPN+
Scoreline prediction: Union Berlin 1-1 Schalke
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Union Berlin vs Schalke build-up, previous line-ups & injury news:
After a positive start, Urs Fischer’s men have hit something of a sticky spot recently, winning just one of their last six league matches and none of their last four.
That said, Union are still well in touch with the European race and will certainly fancy their chances against a stranded Schalke side, despite a 1-1 draw between these two last time.
The point gained in that draw is one of just eight that Schalke have managed this season and it’s looking increasingly hopeless for Gross’ men in their battle to avoid relegation.
Die Königsblauen have conceded a whopping 52 goals in the Bundesliga so far this season, at least 12 more than any other team, while no side has scored less than their 15. Since gaining their first win of the season over Hoffenheim in January, Schalke have taken just one point from a possible 15, so, if they’re to stand any chance of an unlikely great escape, now is the time to find some form.
- Union Berlin (vs Mainz): Luthe; Friedrich, Knoche, Schlotterbeck*; Trimmel, Gentner, Andrich, Ingvartsen, Gießelmann; Awoniyi, Teuchert.
- Schalke (vs RB Leipzig): Fahrmann; William, Mustafi, Nastasic, Kolasinac; Mascarell, Stambouli; Schopf, Uth, Harit; Hoppe.
Nico Schlotterbeck is suspended following his red card against Mainz last time out, while Max Kruse and Anthony Ujah are missing with thigh and knee problems, respectively. Sheraldo Becker, Grischa Prömel and Christopher Lenz are all doubts.
Salif Sane (knee), Kilian Ludewig (foot), Gonçalo Paciência (knee), Frederik Rønnow (groin), Steven Skrzybski (knee) and Mark Uth (thigh) make up a lengthy list of absentees for Schalke, who also face doubts over the fitness of Timo Becker, Can Bozdogan and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar.
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Players to watch:
- Union Berlin: Talented forward Max Kruse has been sidelined since December 4th and since then, Union Berlin have failed to score more than one goal in a game on six occasions, including their last five outings. One of the only players to continue bringing attacking thrust to Fischer’s side during that time is Taiwo Awoniyi. The Liverpool loanee has managed three goals and two assists during Kruse’s absence, with his goals coming in wins over Werder Bremen and Borussia Dortmund, as well as a draw against Stuttgart, helping Union to seven points in those games. That said, even Awoniyi has dried up recently, going six games without a goal and only providing one assist during that time. Fischer needs the Nigerian back on form quickly with Kruse still working his way back to fitness.
- Schalke: If you think Union Berlin’s goalscoring record is bad, spare a thought for Schalke, who have managed just six goals in seven Bundesliga games since the turn of the year, four of which came in the victory over Hoffenheim, their only league win of the season so far. Responsible for five of those goals was Matthew Hoppe, who scored a hat-trick against Hoffenheim before backing that up with back-to-back goals in defeats to Eintracht Frankfurt and FC Koln. They were the American teenager’s first senior goals but, incredibly, also elevated him as Schalke’s top scorer in the Bundesliga this season, while also making him the only player at the club to score more than twice. Like Awoniyi, Hoppe’s purple patch is a distant memory, with the 19-year-old going four games without a goal across all competitions. That said, Hoppe — who was named as the Bundesliga’s ‘Rookie of the Month’ for January — is operating with very little service from his teammates and Gross will likely be praying he can pull another rabbit out of the hat to get a much-needed result against Union Berlin.
Bundesliga 2020/21 recent form:
- Union Berlin: LDLLW
- Schalke: LDLLL
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