St Pauli vs Union Berlin by Gustav
After a starting defeat in front of own fans against Stuttgart in the first round after the break finished in 2. Bundesliga, St Pauli really improved in next five matches, getting four victories and just one draw. Their situation at the table has improved as well, since the team now stands at fifteenth position having three points more than play-out placed Karlsruher.
In case they continue in similar manner, the team will be safe regarding the relegation battle way before the ending of the season, as they now really look solid in comparison to the first favorite for relegation they were just two months ago. The team comes from a 1:2 victory on the road against Munich 1860 last weekend, despite being down in the scoreline from 27th minute via goal from Agbenyenu, while the guests reverted the scoreline within the first halftime, via goals from Sobiech in 36th and Bouhaddouz in 41st minute. Home side has no real fresh injury worries ahead of this one.
Union Berlin, on the other side, comes from a 2:0 victory in front of own fans against Wurzburger Kickers last weekend, despite the fact that they were playing with a man less for the entire second halftime since defender Puncec got red carded in 44th minute. Home team was leading from 21st minute on, when Polter wrote 1:0 for Union Berlin.
Despite being with a man less, players of Union Berlin didn't look that poor on the field during the second halftime and even managed to be threatening via counter attacks, sealing the victory in 82nd minute via Kreilach. It was fourth consecutive victory for Union, as the side previously won over Munich 1860, Karlsruher and Arminia Bielefeld, as the side currently stands at second position with just four points less than leaders from Stuttgart.
Goalkeeper Jakob Busk (22/0) remains injured, while suspended is now central defender Roberto Puncec (18/0). Injured are also left back Kristian Pedersen (20/0), defensive midfielder Benjamin Kohler (no appearance so far) and central midfielder Dennis Daube (8/1).
Both teams are coming in a really good form now and the draw can't be excluded, however I see Union Berlin being closer to the three pointer here. There is certain individual quality in their favor and their form has been stable for longer period - overall, I believe that the visitors are more than worth a try here.