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Union Berlin vs. Schalke Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews

05 June 2020

Sunday 7 June

Stadion An der Alten Försterei – Bundesliga

Union Berlin forward Sebastian Andersson Source: Felipe Trueba/Shutterstock

Union Berlin will be confident of turning their poor form around as they host fellow strugglers Schalke on Sunday afternoon. The visitors are mid-table, but have lost their last four games.

Past Meetings

Schalke won the first Bundesliga meeting between the two sides in the reverse fixture, with goals from Benito Raman and Suat Serdar outweighing a penalty from Marcus Ingvartsen.

Team News

Keven Schlotterbeck impressed last week with a clearance off the line and is expected to start again on Sunday. Urs Fischer will be without Sebastian Polter, whose future with the club appears to be over, meaning that Sebastian Andersson will start up top for the home side. Robert Andrich has one game left to serve following a red card suspension, with Grischa Prömel deputising well in the last game.

Jean-Clair Todibo made his return last for Schalke last weekend, and will likely start against Union, with fans hoping that Amine Harit and Benjamin Stambouli are also nearing returns. Suat Serda is set to miss the remainder of the season, although David Wagner is able to welcome back Benito Raman, who will compete with Michael Gregoritsch for a place up front.

Union Berlin vs. Schalke Predictions, Preview and Predictions

Schalke aim to put an end to their losing streak as they travel to face a similarly out of form Union Berlin at the Stadion An der Alten Försterei. They’re 3.10 to get a much-needed three points, with the home side at 2.50 and the draw at 3.15.

Neither side has won a game since the resumption of the Bundesliga in May, with the hosts’ last win in February, and the visitors’ in January. Fortunately for the two clubs, strong spells in the first half of the season has kept them aloft of the relegation zone, however, with just seven games remaining Union Berlin sit just four points clear of the relegation play-offs.

Recent defeats by the likes of Bayern Munich and Borussia Monchengladbach will be of little concern to the Capital club, but the failure to beat relegation-candidates Mainz and a 4-0 thrashing by city-rivals Hertha Berlin will have been a real blow to moral. With clubs around them all picking up in form, Union need to turn theirs around fast, or face a swift return to the Bundesliga II.

The situation is a little better for Schalke, as sitting in 10th place in the league they are likely safe from the threat of relegation, despite being just 10 points clear. For David Wagner’s side the disappointment comes following a strong start to the season, which saw them pick up eight wins before January, as since the turn of the year they have won just once league match.

Die Königsblauen are not short of talent, with Barcelona loanee Todibo continuing to impress despite the almost guaranteed return to his parent club this summer. Likewise, Amine Harit, a hot prospect, has hit double figures for goal contributions this term, but has failed to score since early February.

Both clubs are in desperate need of a win to turn their fortunes around, and Sunday’s fixture provides a key opportunity to do so.

Recommended Bets

Over 2.5 goals scored at 2.1

A win would have great significance for both teams, so expect two highly attacking teams on Sunday.

Sebastian Andersson to score anytime at 2.7

The Union Berlin forward has 12 goals to his name this season and is a bright spark in the team.

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