Union Berlin hosts Stuttgart in the second leg of German Bundesliga relegation playoffs. The match will be played on Monday, May 27th at Stadion An der Alten Försterei (Berlin)
This team from Berlin has never been famous for high-quality sports results for its more than 110-year history. The Berliners have never played in Bundesliga 1 before, so the paired matches with Stuttgart are incredibly important for them. The biggest achievements of the club Union Berlin are as such: winning the Intertoto Cup (1986) and the participation in the German Cup final (2001).
The Berlin team spends the current season successfully, because the club has a chance to promote to the elite division for the first time in its history. Despite its modesty, Union has many thousands of fans. Periodically, the club has problems with funding, but now there are no problems with this. In this season of Bundesliga 2, Union took third place, which gives the right to play in transitional matches for a ticket to the elite against the team, which was third in the Bundesliga from the end - it turned out to be Stuttgart. Honestly, the Berliners had chances to get into the elite directly, but they did not manage to win Bochum in the last round. The Berlin club did not show great scoring in the course of the season; however, it is the best in the division concerning the game of defense. Union is the only team that conceded less than 1 goal per game on average. Union is especially powerful in the home arena - the Berlin club was the best by scoring points at home and lost only one from 17 matches in front of its fans.
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On May 20, the official website of FC Stuttgart reported that a specialist Tim Walter had signed a cooperation contract. Currently, he is the head coach of another club, which plays in Bundesliga 2 - Holstein. However, the specialist will begin his duties at the end of this season and will work with the team for two years. But Walter still does not know whether Stuttgart will play in the elite of German football or not.
In the playoffs, Stuttgart plays under the management of Niko Willig. His work at the club clearly dissatisfies the bosses. The team played badly in defense, conceding an average of more than 2 goals per game. Stuttgart secured itself from the direct relegation to the lower division long before the end of the regular season, but at the same time, it had no particular chance to save itself in the final rounds. However, even against the background of Augsburg or Freiburg, the men of Niko Willig looked too pale, so their possible drop in class will be a fair result of the season.
The only time when Union Berlin and Stuttgart played with each other was in the 2016/17 season. A peaceful outcome was recorded in the first match in Berlin (1:1), but Stuttgart was stronger in the home field in the second leg (3:1). However, Stuttgart was excellent in that season and kept a place in the elite for the next season at the very first attempt.
In the current season, the Berlin club shows great football. This season for this team is one of the best in history. Union gladdens with its game in defense. Bundesliga 2 is a very scoring league, and the fact that only the Berlin team conceded on average less than one goal per game speaks volumes. Union plays very strongly in front of their fans, so it will have good chances for a positive result in the return game. Stuttgart is too weak now in defense.
Prediction for the match: Union Berlin to win