Global News – FI – Preview: Union Berlin vs Mainz 05 – predictions, team news, line-up


Two still winless teams in the new Bundesliga season will see their horns on Friday evening as Union Berlin host Mainz 05 at Stadion An der Alten Forsterei

The hosts played a 1-1 draw with Borussia Monchengladbach in matchweek two, while Mainz fell to defeat to newly promoted Stuttgart on Saturday

After suffering a defeat on Matchday 1 against Augsburg, surrendering to a Mönchengladbach side seeking revenge for their own loss to Borussia Dortmund would not have reassured Union Berlin loyalists in the second week

However, Urs Fischer’s men gave a good account of themselves and managed to come out of Borussia-Park with a point to show for their efforts – with Marcus Thuram’s opening for Monchengladbach canceled by the loop head of Nico Schlotterbeck at 10 minutes

Fischer would certainly have taken the positive aspects of this result as the Union tried to claim their first three points of the 2020-21 season on Friday, and Mainz’s visit is followed by a trip to another struggling team in the form of Schalke after the international break

Moreover, while Union’s season started off disappointingly with this home loss to Augsburg, Die Eisernen have lost just four league games in familiar territory since November – a series that also includes seven wins and three draws in front of their own fans

Mainz, on the other hand, are a club in disarray Only Koln and Schalke also suffered loss in their opening two matches, and Nullfunfer were marred by problems off the pitch at the start of the new campaign

After suffering a defeat on Matchday 1 against RB Leipzig, the Mainz players made the decision to boycott training days before their meeting with Stuttgart – reports claiming the team opted to do so. strike after Adam Szalai was forced to train from the rest of the team

Stuttgart won their first win of the season with ease against Mainz after this week of unrest – a culmination of events that ultimately led manager Achim Beierlorzer to be dismissed from his post

Nullfunfer fans will certainly not be very optimistic about their side’s chances of securing their first points on the table following these events, and Mainz also face tough matches against Bayer Leverkusen and Mönchengladbach after the international break

Jan-Moritz Lichte will be the man tasked with leading Mainz to their first win of the new campaign, although Die Nullfunfer failed to beat Union in both sides of the team last season

Apart from Anthony Ujah and Christian Gentner – both of whom are due to return next month – the Union has no further injury issues until week three

Fischer opted for a three-back system against Mönchengladbach to deal with the loss of Gentner, and while the Union boss will be keen on his side’s chances of winning here, Fischer will remain probably in the same training

Goalkeeper Loris Karius has just joined the Bundesliga side on loan from Liverpool, but Andreas Luthe is expected to keep his place between the sticks for Mainz’s visit

As for the visitors, Moussa Niakhate has received his marching orders against Stuttgart and will play no part here, which means that Alexander Hack should fill the void in the heart of the defense

Stefan Bell, Pierre Kunde and Edimilson Fernandes have not yet been present since their positive coronavirus test, and the trio are expected to stay on the sidelines alongside Ji Dong-Won, who is treating a knee injury

Possible starting formation from Union Berlin: Luthe; Friedrich, Schlotterbeck, Knoche; Trimmel, Andrich, Promel, Lenz; Becker, Kruse, Bulter

Mainz 05 possible starting composition: Zentner; Baku, Hack, St Juste, Brosinski; Latza, Barreiro; Oztunali, Boetius, Quaison; Mateta

Even though these two teams are still winless in the 2020-2021 campaign, the mood in the Union Berlin camp will undoubtedly be more positive than that in Mainz given their recent problems Visitors will be hoping that Beierlorzer’s dismissal acts as the catalyst for a fortuitous turnaround, but we still expect Union to win all three points and doom Mainz to their third loss in as many games.

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