Union Berlin vs Nurnberg
Date: Monday, 20th March 2017
Kick-off: 19:15 UK / 20:15 CET
Venue: Stadion An der Alten Forsterei (Berlin).
The gates are left wide open for Union Berlin to reclaim the top position in the league table. The gap with Stuttgart remain at 2 points, after Vfb fell to a surprise 1-0 defeat at Furth on Saturday.
Eintracht Braunschweig on the third position have the same points as Berlin, meanwhile Hannover at fourth are a point behind them. Union Berlin must make full use of the chance to strengthen their chances of automatic promotion to Bundesliga.
The Berliners are coming on the back of 5 wins on the bounce and 9 matches since their last league defeat.
They are one of the strongest home teams in the league after picking up 8 wins and 3 draws from their 12 games so far, while losing just once. Also, the second-best home team defensively after conceding just 8 goals during the period.
1. FC Nurnberg made it to the promotion play-offs last season after finishing third in the league table. They are just the shadows of what they used to be last season and occupy a 9th position after failing to produce quality performances on a consistent level.
Nurnberg defeated Arminia Bielefeld 1-0 last week to register their first win in four matches. They lost three on the bounce without scoring prior to that.
Union Berlin vs Nurnberg: Head-to-head stats
Nurnberg are unbeaten in their seven 2. Bundesliga meetings with Union Berlin, with 6 wins and a draw. The number of goals they scored during the period is 26, an average of 4.33 goals per game.
Union Berlin had lost in 2 of the 3 meetings at home during the period. The closest they got was a 3-3 draw in the corresponding meeting last season. They had a 3-1 lead before Nurnberg pulled back the deficit with 15 minutes left to play.
Union Berlin vs Nurnberg: Prediction
This is a tight one to call after witnessing the teams in the top four of the league table struggling against teams in the bottom half. The visiting Nurnberg will start this game as underdogs, but they have a very good record against Union Berlin, both in home and away matches.
On top of these, Nurnberg’s 17 points out of their 32 have come in away matches. And they just got back from a win-less run with a narrow victory last week. After watching the results of the current match-week, they will certainly come in with some added confidence.
So, there is every reason for us to believe that the things won’t be easy for the second placed Union Berlin.
Union Berlin vs Nurnberg: Bet Tips
Double Chance – Draw or Nurnberg at 2.10 with Bet365.