FC Union Berlin 0-1-1, FSV Mainz 05 0-0-2
10/2/20 2:30 pm
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FC Union Berlin is hosting FSV Mainz 05 at An der alten Forsterei in round 3 in the German Bundesliga.
Union has had a few good games in the preseason, and they have won their DFB Pokal match, but Union hasn’t won any of their two Bundesliga games this season. Union Berlin is in 14th place in the standings with 1 point, 2 scored goals and 4 conceded goals. In their latest Bundesliga matcha against M’gladbach on the road, Union has had 38% of ball possession, 2 shots on goal, 5 corner kicks, 0 big chances created, and 73% of the correct passes. After conceding a goal in the 56th minute of the game, Union was solid for the rest of the match, and they were able to tie the result in the 79th minute. The final score of this match was 1-1. Bulter and Schlotterbeck have each scored 1 goal for Union so far this season, while Lenz and Ingvartsen each added 1 assist. Ujah and Gentner are both injured, and they will not be in the lineup for this match. Union was solid last season, and they were far from the relegation zone, but this season hasn’t started well for them, and it looks like they will have a harder time securing their Bundesliga spot.
Mainz hasn’t been playing well, and they have won only 1 of their last 6 games, which was in the DFB Pokal. During their 2-game loss stretch in Bundesliga, Mainz has conceded 7 goals while scoring only 2 goals, and with 0 points, Mainz is in 17th place in the standings. In their latest Bundesliga game against Stuttgart at home, Mainz has had 49% of ball possession, 2 shots on goal, 3 corner kicks, 1 big chance created, and a solid 80% of the correct passes. Mainz got ahead in the 12th minute, but since that moment, Mainz’s defense was non-existent, and they have conceded 4 goals. Mainz has also conceded a red card in the 77th minute of the game. Mainz has ended up losing this match 1-4. Mateta and Quaison have each scored 1 goal for Mainz so far this season, while each of them also added 1 assist for Mainz. Fernandes, Ji, Kunde, Bell, and Szalai are all injured for Mainz, and they will not be in the lineup for this match. Mainz was also able to escape the relegation zone last season, but unless they get their defense in order, Main will not be so lucky this season.
With the exception of last season, Union and Mainz haven’t played against each other in a long time. I think Union is the better team here, certainly in a better form, and for that reason, I will side with Union Berlin at home. Mainz is a good team when healthy, but they have a lot of injuries, and that will certainly impact their game.