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Union Berlin vs Cologne - Another stalemate predicted for draw specialists

Union Berlin can maintain unbeaten home record with a draw against Cologne
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Union Berlin are undefeated at home in the 2 Bundesliga this season
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Mat Marshall 13 Sep 2019
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Union Berlin vs Cologne Preview, Predictions & Betting Tips


Union Berlin are predicted to preserve their unbeaten home record as they host Cologne at the Stadion An der Alten Försterei on Thursday. Both clubs are fighting for promotion in the 2. Bundesliga with a draw a decent result that should satisfy all involved.

FC Union Berlin Form & Team News


Union Berlin are having a great season and are in the hunt for promotion to the Bundesliga. Urs Fischer’s side have only lost one match in 18 attempts but have been draw specialists, 10 draws highlighting just how hard the capital club are to beat.

Union ended 2018 with a disappointing 3-0 away defeat at Erzgebirge Aue despite creating enough chances to win the game. The Iron Ones begin 2019 at home where the are undefeated in nine games this season. Six wins and three draws have come on the back of the best home defence in the 2. Bundesliga with five goals conceded.

Fischer has two new players at his disposal after centre-back Nicolai Rapp joined from Aue and winger Carlos Mané arriving on loan from Sporting CP. The only player missing is injured left winger Joshua Mee.

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Carlos Mane recently joined Union Berlin on lan from Sporting CP and could feature vs Cologne (Getty Images)

FC Cologne Form & Team News


The Billy Goats are on target for a swift return to the Bundesliga but have to keep winning to maintain the pace with Hamburger SV. Cologne had a five match winning run snapped on the final day of 2018 with a 3-2 home defeat against Bochum.

Cologne only had themselves to blame as they controlled the match but gave up three goals. Simon Terodde scored again to take his tally to 26 goals in 19 appearances this season and will be a key player moving forward.

Markus Anfang has two new additions with Florian Kainz signed from Werder Bremen and Johannes Geis moving from Schalke. Both players are quality additions and will have to adjust to a new team and system.

Anthony Modeste is still ineligibile, Jonas Hector is suspended with injuries to Louis Schaub, Marco Höger, Vincent Koziello and Lasse Sobiech.

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Simon Terodde has scored 22 2 Bundesliga goals for Cologne and will be a danger vs Union Berlin (Getty Images)

Union Berlin vs Cologne Head-to-Head


Union Berlin have traditionally struggled against Cologne but secured a 1-1 draw away from home in the first meeting this season. Christian Clemens put Cologne 1-0 up with Sebastian Anderson netting the equaliser for Union Berlin.

Union Berlin vs Cologne Match Up


Union have been excellent defensively at home this season with just five goals conceded in nine matches. Central defenders Florian Hübner and Marvin Friedrich have formed a strong partnership alongside captain and right-back Christopher Trimmel.

Cologne have the best attack in the 2. Bundesliga with 47 goals scored in 18 matches. Striker Simon Terodde scored 22 of them and Union Berlin will be focused on limiting his impact on the match.

Union Berlin vs Cologne Key Statistics


  • Union Berlin are unbeaten in their last 16 home matches (2. Bundesliga).
  • Union Berlin have drawn 6 of their last 10 matches (2. Bundesliga).
  • Cologne are unbeaten in 7 of their last 8 away matches (2. Bundesliga).  

Verdict


Union Berlin have based their success on being hard to beat this season, especially at home where opposition attacks have struggled to score.

Cologne can’t afford to start 2019 with a defeat. Manager Markus Anfang could be happy with a point at such a difficult venue and everything points to a draw in Berlin.

Best Bet: Draw @ 3.30 at Bet365 - 4 Units
Correct Score Tip: 1-1 Draw @ 6.50 at Bet365 - 1 Unit
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