Berlin (dpa) – Last season, Union Berlin, a newcomer to the league against Hoffenheim, received heavy packs – this time the ironists want to prove their progress in Sinsheim.
“It will be difficult to get hold of anything at Hoffenheim, but it is not impossible,” said goalkeeper Andreas Luthe, referring to Borussia Mönchengladbach’s remarkable 1-1 draw: “The signs were similar – and we took away a point. Today (8.30 pm / DAZN) the 6th match day of the Bundesliga will be closed with Hoffenheim against Union. Due to the corona pandemic, the match in the PreZero Arena must also take place without a spectator.
FIRST SITUATION: Both teams are in midfield. Hoffenheim has seven points, Union six. After the remarkable 4-1 victory against Champions Legaue winner Bayern Munich, Europa League participant Hoffenheim had three Bundesliga matches without a win. Union has not lost any of its four recent championship matches.
STAFF: The Hoffenheim professionals Andrej Kramaric, Pavel Kaderabek and Kasim Adams have ended the corona quarantine but are not yet available for TSG. “You just have to be careful. That’s why they won’t be a problem for the game,” said coach Sebastian Hoeneß. The Croat Kramaric and the Ghanaian Adams had tested positive for the corona virus. With the Czech Kaderabek there was a case in the family environment.
At Union, the commitment of defender Christopher Trimmel and attacking player Marcus Ingvartsen (both muscle problems) is questionable. Substitute goalkeeper Loris Karius, central defender Nico Schlotterbeck, midfielder Grischa Prömel and forward Anthony Ujah are still injured. Prömel and Ujah are definitely out.
SPECIAL FEATURES: Last year, 1899 Hoffenheim was the only Bundesliga team to go without a goal against 1. FC Union. In Berlin there was a 0-2 defeat for the capital, in Sinsheim there was a 0-4 bankruptcy.