The Alte Foersterei is the venue on Saturday as Union Berlin welcome Borussia Dortmund to their home ground for a 5:30pm kick off in the Bundesliga. The visitors are currently top of the pile after successive victories and eight goals have put them in first place with six points on the board, while Union Berlin are down in fourteenth place and still looking for their first win of what will be a difficult first season back in the top flight for them.
Union Berlin kicked off their brand new campaign with a disappointing 0-4 home crushing at the hands of RB Leipzig as three first half strikes from Marcel Halstenberg, Marcel Sabitzer and Timo Werner all but ended the game before half-time. Christopher Nkunku rubbed salt in their wounds with little over twenty minutes remaining, showing the newly promoted side how difficult it can be to compete with the big guns in the division. Upon their trip to Augsburg, Union Berlin held their opponents to an impressive draw despite Ruben Vargas placing the hosts in front half an hour from the final whistle, with Sebastien Anderson on hand to level things up later in the encounter.
Borussia Dortmund are aiming for the league title this season after giving up a healthy lead to rivals Bayern Munich during the last campaign, and with two comfortable, comprehensive victories on the bounce they look set to challenge for a while yet. Augsburg were the visitors first time around but they couldn’t prevent Dortmund from tearing their back line apart even though they took the lead one minute in, with Paco Alcacer, Jadon Sancho, Julian Brandt and Marco Reus getting in on the act to seal a 5-1 win. More recently, Dortmund demolished FC Koln at their own stadium by three goals to one as they again went behind, and Sancho was there once more to strike the ball home along with Alcacer and Hakimi.
Dortmund have gone behind in both of their opening matches so far and come out on top on both occasions, first seeing off Augsburg and then FC Koln. Union Berlin have scored first in half of their last four games.
Union Berlin have conceded five times in two matches, four of which arrived at home versus RB Leipzig on the first weekend of the new season. Dortmund have scored at least three goals in each of their past three matches, as well as bagging three in two of the previous three meetings between the pair.
Borussia Dortmund have scored twelve goals in their last three outings.
Dortmund haven’t drawn in any of their last twelve games.
Lucien Favre’s men have netted in each of their previous eight away games.
Keven Schlotterbeck will miss this one due to suspension having been red carded last weekend versus Augbsurg, while Maurice Opfermann Arcones is likely to sit this one out with a thigh problem. Florian Hubner (knee) and Jakob Busk (bruised foot) will be assessed nearer the time of the match having recovered from their injuries.
Mateu Morey will return to action in October as the 19 year old sustained a dislocated shoulder in late July, but in contrast to him Raphael guerreiro could make a comeback after starting training again following his hamstring injury. Thorgan Hazard may miss this matchup with a rib injury.