This match ends up Round 25 with an excellent encounter between two traditional teams. An very important match for the home side at “Alte Försterei” to overcome leader VfB Stuttgart with a win. This is only possible because they are running from win to win 2017 and their position is excellent right now. As mentioned with a win they can take the lead and come much more closer to their main aim “promotion”. Maybe this can be a very hard match anyway because with Nürnberg they are having not the easiest opponent, moreover they do not like them. The results are not in their favor in the past against this opponent. In 8 attempts against Nürnberg they can not manage a single win so far. In this period they got trashed with 7 defeats and only 1 draw, this is not their lovely opponent but they have to looks forward and turn things into their way to get the best possible position out in promotion race.
The first half of the Season was maybe average with 28 Points but after the winter break they are running an excellent streak by beating all opponents so far, only Dresden was able to get a draw against them. With a 5 match winning run they are coming to this encounter in excellent form. Beating Bielefeld 3-1, Karlsruhe 2-1, 1860 2-0, Würzburg 2-0 and St. Pauli 2-1 in the past and hope that they continue this run. Union Coach Keller has found his starting lineup which will be changed only if there is a must. As happened with keeper Busk and Pedersen who both should be back after the national break. Busk will be replaced by youngster Messenhöler once again and for Pedersen is Parensen ready to play on the back wing. Central back Puncec is back from suspension but should take place on bench because his replacement veteran Pogatetz made a great match against St. Pauli and should remain in starting lineup.
After getting only 2 Points on their side from the first 6 matches Nürnberg has stabilized them. Of course it is not what they have expected because they dreamed from more but they are on a solid midfield place now and should end up this Season there too. They started with a lose into 2017 and had with 4 Points in the next matches a good basis but they lost 4 matches in a row then what was the end for Coach Schwartz. With Köllner on the sideline they turned the negative run with a 1-0 against Bielefeld last weekend.
Some changes can be expecting compared to the last weekend as with Gislason and Hufnagel they have two players back from injury, also Behrens and Mühl return from suspension what gives Köllner a lot more of options for the match in Berlin. It is not decided if Köllner changes much because youngster Löwen made a good starting debut against Bielefeld and can remain in team. The position in goal gets again on veteran Schäfer who gave his comeback last weekend according to the injury of first choice keeper Kirschbaum. Nevertheless their injury list is full enough with Erras, Sepsi, Parker, Sabiri, Teuchert and Leipold.
Beside the weak head to head record speaks all for Union. They have collected 19 from possible 21 Points 2017 and lost only once at home. Nürnberg could only win 2 of 7 matches 2017 and was not in the shape they need against such teams recently. It can be a shot out as well: An average from 5,33 goals had the first 3 encounter between these two sides in Berlin. Additional has Union the best offensive 2017 with 13 goals scored so far. Matches where Nürnberg take part had an average from 3,08 goals this Season, what speaks again for goals !!!