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Bundesliga: ‘Continuity’ challengers Union Berlin, Freiburg pushing big guns

Union Berlin host Dortmund knowing they’ve already defeated both of their rivals in Berlin and Dortmund’s only victory coming in the last round of the season.

Berlin: When Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich met on Saturday to draw 2-2 it was the first time in 13 years that neither team was between the top two teams during a “Klassiker” match.

In order to keep Bundesliga heavyweights from the top, Union Berlin and Freiburg have displayed consistency and consistency in a league that appears more and more content to cut and alter.

Union in addition to Freiburg is the two-only Bundesliga team that has managers who have held the position for more than three years.

Union’s Urs Fischer was named the new captain in 2018 and steered their first assignment to the first division.

Freiburg’s Christian Streich has been in charge for even longer, having taken the reins in 2011 and remaining at the helm despite a drop in 2014-15.

All four clubs will be in action on Sunday The four clubs are in action, with Union playing Dortmund and Freiburg going to Bayern.

On the day, Streich said his side did not escape football’s “feverish business” of football However, he said, “fortunately, there’s a little less of that for us in Freiburg.”

Streich acknowledged that success is a factor in the success of a team, stating that “there is only continuity in a club if a team achieves results that exceed expectations.”

Alongside the inconsistent performances, Freiburg’s opponents their own this weekend have been struggling to find consistency on the pitch and have eight players from the first team who are in doubt including Captain Manuel Neuer (shoulder), top scorer Jamal Musiala (Covid-19) and veteran forward Thomas Mueller (back).

After Wednesday’s impressive Champions League win over Viktoria Plzen Second-year Bayern manager Julian Nagelsmann said he wanted to take advantage of the Freiburg game “to go back in the right direction again in the Bundesliga.”

For Union as a team, they play Dortmund in the knowledge that they have defeated both of their rivals in Berlin and Dortmund’s only victory coming from last season.

Despite some improvement in defensive stability in the last few games, illustrated by four wins that were 1-0, Dortmund has conceded three goals in the course of this season, losing each time.

Together with Freiburg, Union has the most successful record in dead-ball circumstances this season. It’s an area of concern for Dortmund that defenseman Niklas Suele acknowledged they needed to address after losing a free-kick in the game against Sevilla midweek.

“We have to sit down together (on this) because it’s a lot to do with attitude.”

The hype surrounding the white and red areas of Berlin is growing throughout the season Fischer stated this week that the Bundesliga summit was not important for him at this point of the season.

“For me, the table is particularly meaningful after the 34th (and last) matchday.”

One to be sure to watch: Sheraldo becker

With three goals and six assists in the first three games of this season, Union Berlin’s Dutch-Surinamese forward Sheraldo becker has proved to be an important contributor to the team’s top-of-the-table performance.

The Amsterdam-born Becker was a 10-year player at Ajax before changing towards Union during the spring of 2019,, following spells with Den Haag and Zwolle.

With Taiwo Awoniyi making an expensive transfer to Union for Nottingham Forest in the lead-up to the start of the season, Becker has already struck an agreement with the Nigerian’s replacement American Jordan Siebatcheu, who has scored three goals and two assists to his name.

Key statistics

1260 1260 Borussia Dortmund’s Jude Bellingham has played every minute of every match for his team this season, being the sole Dortmund player to have done so. After his team’s disappointing draw of 1-1 against Sevilla the previous day, Bellingham admitted that “I’m tired.”

16 Bayern Munich has 16 points after nine games. This is their lowest level since 2010-11, the time they were Jurgen Klopp-led Dortmund was crowned champion.

0. the number of Bundesliga wins Stuttgart has this season, which makes Stuttgart the sole team to have a win. American coach Pellegrino Matarazzo was dismissed on Monday. The club hiring the assistant manager Michael Wimmer on an interim basis.

Fixtures (1330 GMT unless stated)


Schalke v Hoffenheim (1830)


Stuttgart v Bochum, Eintracht Frankfurt v Bayer Leverkusen, Wolfsburg v Borussia Moenchengladbach, Werder Bremen v Mainz, RB Leipzig v Hertha Berlin (1630)


Cologne v Augsburg, Union Berlin v Borussia Dortmund (1530), Bayern Munich v Freiburg (1730)

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