Nurnberg vs Union Berlin by Gustav
Nurnberg is having a nightmare of a start in second Bundesliga this season, but the team improved last weekend and managed to get a victory away from home against Arminia Bielefeld 3:1. It was quite an open game from the first while, as the guests looked better from the off and missed a penalty towards the end of the first halftime, just to see themselves conceding couple of minutes later.
Their reply at the start of the second halftime was strong and the side leveled up the scoreline in 52nd via Burgstaller, while the hosts stood playing with a man less five minutes later. That made the job for players of Nurnberg easier, since the home side was forced to play more passively, with the guests taking over the initiative and then deservedly celebrating thanks to goals from Burgstaller again in 82nd and Matavz three minutes later.
Hosts continue to miss experienced goalkeeper Raphael Schafer (3/0), but also central defenders Lukas Muhl (4/0) and Georg Margreitter (2/0), as well as defensive midfielder Patrick Erras (no performance so far anyway), and midfielders, Enis Alushi (5/0) and Tim Leibold (6/0) all due injuries.
Union Berlin is really having a decent start into the new season, especially being now in a good form since the team has four consecutive victories. With twelve points out of four rounds, the team was able to climb up the table and reach the second position ahead of new round, surely having even promotional hopes in case they maintain the same rhythm.
In the most recent game last weekend, the team managed to take a convincing and somehow professional and comfortable victory at home over St Pauli 2:0, taking the double lead inside the first fourty-five minutes (goals from Hosiner and Redondo), not leaving many room to the opponents to impress, without much of threatening situations in front of their own goal. Union Berlin is also having two consecutive victories on the road, so no doubt that the team goes into this one in order to get new point(s).
Visitors from Berlin can't count at right full back Benjamin Kessel, as the game comes too soon for him, while injured also remain defensive midfielder Benjamin Kohler, left winger Maximilian Thiel and striker Soren Brandy - all four missing from the first Bundesliga's round being injured. Striker Collin Quaner (6/6) is also sidelined with injury and won't be playing in next two weeks.
Both teams come into this match with improved morale after last weekend's game and there's no reason for us not to see a very interesting game here. I expect both sides to be attacking oriented and since they both do better in offense than in defense, especially Nurnberg, I wouldn't be surprised to see three goals scored already inside the first halftime.