Union Berlin vs. Borussia Dortmund 08/31/19 Bundesliga Soccer, Pick, Odds, Preview and Prediction
Borussia Dortmund at Union Berlin
Saturday, August 31, 2019 at 11:30 AM (An der Alten Forsterei)
Union Berlin +900, Borussia Dortmund -400, Draw +500, Over 2.5 (-225), Under 2.5 (+175) Click Here for the Latest Odds
Union Berlin is welcoming Borussia Dortmund in round 3 of German Bundesliga.
Union Berlin has been solid in the preseason but is yet to win a game in this new Bundesliga season. In their last game against Augsburg away from home, Union was a weaker team with 46% of ball possession, only 2 shots on goal, and low 67% of correct passes but fortunately, their defense stepped up and the game ended in a 1-1 draw. Union Berlin is a newcomer to Bundesliga after finishing 3rd in Bundesliga 2 last season and beating Stuttgart in relegation/promotion playoff. Union's best player in these two games was Sebastian Andersson with 1 goal and is expected to be in the lineup for this match as well. Urs Fischer was signed as Union's head coach in July of this year and it's gonna take some time for players to get used to new coaches ideas and demands before Union starts playing better soccer. In Bundesliga 2, Union was one of the top teams, but Bundesliga is a completely different story and Union will need to play good, team soccer because they don't have individual quality. I don't expect from Union to climb higher than 15th place in the standings and I think they will need to fight hard to stay outside the relegation zone. Schlotterbeck is the only player who will not be playing because of red card suspension.
Borussia Dortmund is playing amazing soccer and is on 12 game winning streak. In their last game against Koln, Borussia was a much better team with 74% of ball possession, 6 shots on goal, 8 corner kicks, and 87% of correct passes. After being down 1-0 from 29th minute, Borussia managed to score 3 goals in the last 25 minutes and turn the game around and win 1-3. Borussia has so many attacking options with Alcacer, Reus, Sanco, Brandt, Weigl, Goetze, and Hazard that is almost impossible to stop them, and more importantly, Borussia got a lot better after bringing back Hummels from Bayern who will bring the consistency and stability. Coach Favreu is doing a fantastic job with this young team full potential and everyone is hoping that this could be the season that Borussia will take Bayern off of the Bundesliga throne. Dortmund is playing amazing soccer, full of short and fast passes and high tempo and pressure when they are not in the possession of the ball. Morey, Hazard, Unbehaun and Osterhage are all injured and will not be playing in this match. Borussia has score 8 goals while conceding only 2 goals in first two matches of Bundesliga and is at the top of the standings in front of Leipzig and Freiburg. Dortmund's priority for this season is finally winning Bundesliga while also playing in Champions League. Borussia has a fantastic, young team and for the first time in many years, I believe that they are capable of beating Bayern in the race for Bundesliga title.
Union Berlin and Borussia have played 4 times until now and Dortmund has won all 4 of those games. In each of those games, there were at least 3 goals scored and because Borussia is a goal-scoring machine I expect the same in this match as well.