Berlin (AP) – In the second home game of the season, 1. FC Union Berlin expects 1. FSV Mainz 05 on Friday (8.30 pm / DAZN).
Again 4,500 fans are allowed to enter the An der Alten Försterei stadium during the Corona crisis, hoping for their first victory of the season in the Bundesliga. After many arguments and a change of coach, the guests from Mainz want a successful new beginning.
INITIAL SITUATION: 1. FC Union wants to build on the achievement in the last point win over Champions League representative Borussia Mönchengladbach (1: 1). The team from Mainz, which suffered defeats in the first two match days, is difficult to estimate after the change of the coach from Achim Beierlorzer to Jan-Moritz Lichte.
STAFF: With forward Joel Pohjanpalo (on loan from Bayer Leverkusen) and goalkeeper Loris Karius (on loan from Liverpool) there are newly signed alternatives. Finnish international Pohjanpalo should make his debut later in the game. National coach Urs Fischer left open whether Karius will replace the previous number one, Andreas Luthe. The Japanese Keita Endo is available again. Old hand Christian Gentner (training after calf injury) and forward Anthony Ujah (persistent knee problems) are still out.
RESTART: The new Mainz trainer Jan-Moritz Lichte wants to stop the descent of the 05 series. The successor of the released Achim Beierlorzer must change the defense. Right back Ridle Baku has moved to Wolfsburg. Moussa Niakhaté is yellow-red blocked. The previous assistant coach Lichte did not announce what other changes he wanted to make.
QUOTE: Trainer Urs Fischer: “I expect aggressive Mainzers who want to do something good. It won’t be easy. An injured animal is usually more dangerous. We don’t know exactly what to expect. Certain things will certainly be the case with the new Coach. Taken over. There is not enough time to change too much. But I imagine they will come up with something to surprise us. “
SPECIAL: For attacker Taiwo Awoniyi there is a quick reunion with the ex-club. Last season, the Nigerian from Liverpool was loaned out to Mainz. He is now a loan player from Union. Goalkeeper Karius and the injured striker Ujah used to wear the Mainz jersey.