Union Berlin could benefit from a great performance from Sheraldo Becker as they look to defend top spot and fend off Jude Bellingham and Borussia Dortmund’s charge on Super Sunday (kick-off: 5.30pm CEST).
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Becker’s six Bundesliga goals propelled the Union to the top, two points clear of the chasing pack. Die Eisernen were beaten for the first time this season in the league on matchday eight – losing 2-0 in Frankfurt – but bounced back to edge out relegation-threatened VfB Stuttgart 1-0 last time out. Urs Fischer’s side are guaranteed to stay ahead for another week, if they take maximum points against Dortmund. A draw would also suffice unless second-placed Freiburg pick up a heavy win at Bayern Munich in the final game of Matchday 10. Barring any fitness or injury concerns following Thursday’s UEFA Europa League tie with Malmö, Fischer should be able to name his strongest starting line-up, with United States international striker Jordan leading the way. sides of Becker. The duo have been directly involved in 14 of the Union’s 16 Bundesliga goals this season.
Dortmund can move within a point of Union with a win in the German capital. The Black-Yellows have suffered three defeats in the Bundesliga this season, but showed their title by coming from 2-0 down to draw with Bayern at Der Klassiker on Matchday 9. back to hold Sevilla in the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday, with Kopa Trophy favorite Bellingham’s fifth goal of the campaign keeping them on course for the last 16. Anthony Modeste was rewarded for his 95th-minute equalizer against Bayern with a start, but 17-year-old Youssoufa Moukoko – also on target in Der Klassiker – is set to be reinstated as a centre-forward. Edin Terzic was also able to retain Nico Schlotterbeck and Raphael Guerreiro until the second half in midweek, and will likely have captain Marco Reus available again to some extent.
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- Bellingham have been scoreless in the Bundesliga since Matchday 18 of last season (3-2 v Frankfurt on January 8, 2022), but lead the division in challenges won in 2022/23 (153).
- Aged 16 and 28 days, Moukoko became the Bundesliga’s youngest goalscorer with a consolation goal for Union on December 18, 2020.
- Dortmund face an unnamed Bundesliga leader Bayern for the first time since October 31, 2010 (Mainz). Winning the match 2-0, a BVB side coached by Jürgen Klopp went on to claim the title.
- Becker has scored four goals in as many home Bundesliga appearances this season; Jordan three out of three. Defender Robin Knoche is the only other player to score for the Union at the Stadion An der Alten Försterei so far this season.
- Union have never had 20 points on the board after nine Bundesliga or Bundesliga 2 games.
- Die Eisernen are unbeaten in their last 10 home Bundesliga matches (W7, D3), dating back to a 3-0 loss to Dortmund on February 13, 2022.
Union: Ronnow – Jaeckel, Knoche, Leite – Trimmel (c), Schäfer, Khedira, Haberer, Gießelmann – Becker, Jordan
Doubtful: Möhwald (physical form)
Coach: Urs Fischer
Dortmund: Kobel – Wolf, Hummels (c), Schlotterbeck, Guerreiro – Bellingham, Özcan – Adeyemi, Brandt, Malen – Moukoko
Out: Bynoe-Gittens (shoulder), Dahoud (shoulder), Haller (testicular cancer), Morey (knee)
Doubtful: Meunier (groin), Modeste (sick), Reus (ankle)
Coach: Edin Terzic