Professionals | 06/12/2019

Matchday 14

Preview ahead of the trip to Union

1. FC Köln make the trip to the Stadion An der Alten Försterei on Sunday afternoon to take on 1. FC Union Berlin. Markus Gisdol is in search of his first win as FC boss, which would be the perfect confidence boost to build on the draw against FC Augsburg.

Form check

1. FC Union Berlin: Union’s narrow defeat against Schalke 04 was their first in five games after four consecutive wins, which included victories over Borussia Mönchengladbach and Hertha BSC. That helped them to move five points clear of relegation, and eight points clear of FC. A fifth win at home from eight games would further push them further up the table and away from any relegation worries.

1. FC Köln: FC got their first points on the board since Matchday 8 to stop a run of four Bundesliga loses in a row. Despite going down to 10 men, Gisdol’s side fought back with a late Jhon Cordoba strike to earn a share of the spoils. Now it is about building on that result, and doing so against a fellow team that was promoted into the Bundesliga would achieve just that.

The managers have had their say

Urs Fischer: “When I saw FC against Leipzig and Augsburg, they were more offensive against Augsburg. I expect they try to play in an attacking way. In some players, they have quality that can decide the game. For me, it’s important to focus on our attitude and condition.”

Markus Gisdol: “Union don't give teams a minute's rest. They always have their opponent under pressure. Gladbach and Dortmund experienced that and lost there. You only have a chance when you battle back. Union have played the most long balls in the league. It'll be a battle that could be decided in the air. I don't expect it to be a game for the neutrals.”

Squad update

1. FC Union Berlin: Keven Schlotterbeck, who was injured in the game against Schalke, as well as Akaki Gogia and Grischa Prömel will all miss out on Sunday afternoon. Suleiman Abdullahi is battling to be fit for Urs Fischer’s side after his recent injury problems, with the match coming too soon for Joshua Mees.

1. FC Köln: Christian Clemens is continuing to work individually on their injuries. Vincent Koziello, Ismail Jakobs, Jorge Meré and Birger Verstraete are back training with the team, while Marcel Risse is over his illness. Rafael Czichos and Jonas Hector will both miss the game through suspension.

Opposition dangerman

Questions were asked of whether or not Sebastian Andersson could cut it in the Bundesliga, but he answered that with a resounding yes. With as many goals as Marco Reus and Marcus Thuram, the Swede has been the shining light up front for Union. Andersson has proven his ability to play in the top tier with his supreme heading ability and he’s been more than adept with the ball at his feet, too. After failing to score six games in a row, the 28-year-old has hit back with three goals in his last three.

Refereeing team

Referee: Patrick Ittrich (Hamburg).

Linesmen: Norbert Grudzinski, Sascha Thielert.

Fourth Official: Bibiana Steinhaus.

Video Referee: Sven Jablonski.

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Total table
131. FSV Mainz 0537
141. FC Köln36
15FC Augsburg36