FC Union Berlin vs Holstein Kiel
2.Bundesliga – Season 2017/18
Date: Friday, 4th August 2017
Kick-off at 17:30 UK/ 18:30 CET
Venue: Stadion An der Alten Försterei (Berlin).
Union Berlin made a positive start to the new season with a 1-0 away win against the Ingolstadt, one of the teams relegated from Bundesliga last season. It was a drab match by all means with chances far and few. There was only one meaningful shot on goal through the entire 90 minutes and the lucky person at the end is Berlin wing-back Christopher Trimmel.
Nevertheless, the result is a provides huge momentum for the Berliners, who missed out on promotion play-off last season by a meager 6 points.
On the other hand, it is all positives for Holstein Kiel, who returned to the second division after a 36-year absence. They held Sandhausen to a 2-2 on mathcday 1, but not before having nervous moments at the start of the game.
Kiel were 2-0 down within 35 minutes with Sukuta-Pasu and Klingmann striking for the visitors. The home side grew in confidence in the second half and their persistence was finally paid off when Steven Lewerenz scored in the 75th minute. The comeback is then completely in style with a brilliant free-kick goal Marvin Ducksch with seconds left for final whistle.
Union Berlin vs Holstein Kiel: Head-to-head
The teams are meeting in the second division for the first time. Indeed, all their four previous meetings came in fourth tier between 2004 and 2007. Kiel have two wins to their name as against Berlin’s 1 with 1 match ending in a goal-less draw.
Union Berlin vs Holstein Kiel: Prediction
Both teams made a good start to their season campaign. But the newly promoted Kiel are about to face a different beat in Berlin.
Union were beaten just thrice in home matches last season. After retaining majority of the key players in the summer, they look good to win their first home match of the new campaign in style.
Union Berlin vs Holstein Kiel: Bet Tips
Our main pick for this match is Berlin -1.5 for 3.35 odds with Unibet.
FT Correct Score Prediction – 2-0 home win for 8.50 odds with Unibet.