Professionals | 05/12/2019

Matchday 14

The Number Crunch: Away to Union

1. FC Köln will hope to bring back the times of old when they took on Union Berlin. After the capital club took four points from six last term, FC will want to get back to winning ways against Union. Here are 10 numbers to get you in the mood for Sunday’s clash.

A first for FC

Union and FC have never faced one another in the Bundesliga – the previous eight meetings have all been in 2. Bundesliga. That means Union will be the 53rd different opponent that FC have came across in the top flight.

For the first time since September 2016, Jhon Cordoba scored in back-to-back Bundesliga appearances. The Colombian scored against Hoffenheim before sitting on the bench against Leipzig. Cordoba then came off the bench to equalise in the 86th minute.

He just keeps on running. On average in 90 minutes, Ellyes Skhiri covers 12.49km – the fourth best mark in the Bundesliga.

FC’s late equaliser against Augsburg was the third time this season that they have come back to earn points while being behind. That was the fifth point that FC earned in that fashion, making them the only team in the Bundesliga to have earned more than half their points total from losing positions.

There is plenty of city pride in both squads. Christian Clemens, Niklas Hauptmann, Marco Höger, Timo Horn, Thomas Kessler and Marcel Risse make up six Köln-born players in the FC squad. Union can boast one more, with Maurice Arcones, Laurenz Dehl, Julius Kade, Christopher Lenz, Lennard Maloney, Ken Reichel and Manuel Schmiedebach all Berliners.

Union in form

Union have won their last three games at home to nil in the Bundesliga – a fourth would set a new record. No promoted side in Bundesliga history has ever achieved four in a row before.

Rafal Gikiewicz has the joint-fifth best save percentage in the Bundesliga, managing to save 74% of shots on target. The same as RB Leipzig ‘keeper, Peter Gulacsi. The Union stopper has also made more saves than any other goalkeeper in the league, totalling 54 after the first 13 weeks of matches.

Union have had the most penalties awarded to them in the Bundesliga, along with Werder (both 5). They’ve converted all but one of those, which means they have also scored more often from the spot than any other Bundesliga team. In comparison, FC are now 25 games without a penalty.

Jump around

Sebastian Andersson is one to watch as far as Union are concerned. The Swedish forward has gone into 196 headed duels this season, 87 more than Nils Petersen, his nearest challenger. Of those 196, he’s won 100.

For fans of headers, this should be the game for you. Sunday will see the league’s most efficient teams when it comes to corners go head to head. Union average a goal every 11 corners, while FC are just behind with 14. FC have also scored the most headers in the Bundesliga, along with Bremen (6). Union are narrowly behind on four.

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