We don’t know, how long will Union Berlin’s winning streak last, but the team clearly on fire and it should use that. Union Berlin were never clear favorites, being a solid middle-class team of the Second Bundesliga. But this season, the Berliners do not look like themselves. At first, the team followed the leaders for a long time, later to occupy the second position and currently being serious about the promotion to Bundesliga. Union are falling two points behind the first place, i.e. the team is right behind Stuttgart. If during the season the Berliners performed fine, after the break the team forgot about the losses – six wins and one draw.
Union Berlin are one of the best teams of the championship by playing at home, having eight victories, three draws and one defeat. Whereas at home the Berliners have one of the best defense lines in the league. After 12 matches there are only eight conceded goals with 23 scored. I.e. the team scores about two goals on average and concedes less, than one. Within the last four domestic encounters the Berliners won by scoring two or more goals.
There is nothing bad we can say about Nurnberg, which are quite fine attacking squad. But the team currently has a certain downfall. See for yourselves: Nurnberg also had seven encounters, in which they suffered four defeats with one draw and two wins. The team couldn’t even score in three out four lost games. Although, that basically didn’t happen and Nurnberg was considered one of the most efficient teams of the championship. Nurnberg also performed good in away matches – five victories, two draws and five defeats. But three out of five these defeats happened recently. After such an unfortunate streak, the team has lost chances on getting into top-three and doesn’t have any tournament motivation.
Nurnberg defeated Union Berlin 0:2 at their home ground, but the team rarely failed then. All in all, if you look at the statistics of personal encounters starting from 2003, Union have never beat Nurnberg – six defeats and one draw. Union have to interrupt the streak and they have everything they need for that. Nurnberg don’t have any tournament motivation and play without a spark lately, while the Berliners have five victories in a row and fighting for a place in the promotion zone.
Prediction for the match: Union Berlin to win.