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Union Berlin travels to the BayArena stadium to take on hosts Bayer Leverkusen for its first fixture of the second half of Bundesliga 2021-22.
Leverkusen is sitting in 4th place on the points table, with 28 points. It is tied at points with the 5th placed Hoffenheim, and would very much like to win this game to move further into the top 4. The three points it may get from this game will take it to the third spot, ahead of SC Freiburg. The team had a decent start to the season under the new coach Gerardo Seoane with 5 wins out of the first 7 games. However, since then the club seems to have lost its way a bit and won just 3 out of the next 10.
Union Berlin is at 7th place currently with 27 points. However, with just a razor-thin margin separating the teams, a victory against Leverkusen will directly catapult Union to third place. Before the winter break, Union played its last game against Bochum and won it 1-0. This would have instilled some amount of confidence in the Die Eisernen, who otherwise have had a mediocre season so far, winning 7 out of their 17 fixtures.
Match prediction and betting tips for FC Union Berlin vs Bayer Leverkusen Bundesliga 2021-22. The match is going to be played at the BayArena Stadium, Leverkusen, on the 8th of January 2022.
Union Berlin entered the top tier for the first time in the 2019-20 season and is currently playing its third consecutive season in the top flight. By its standards, the team has performed relatively well, and is comfortably sitting in the top half of the table, and will in all probability avoid relegation. The winter break has assured that almost the whole squad is fully fit, and will be available for selection, with just one exception being Laurenz Dehl, who is recovering from surgery.
For Leverkusen, Baumgartlinger, Fosu-Mensah, Palacios, and Solanilla are unavailable for selection due to various injuries. On the positive side, Moussa Diaby will be available after serving his suspension. With these omissions from the hosts, both the teams look pretty evenly matched, at least on paper. We expect to see a closely fought and low-scoring game, with both the teams picking up a point each.
Bet on a draw.
Both teams have scored in four out of the previous five meetings against each other. We have also seen them be pretty prolific in front of goal. We do think the odds on both teams to score in this match are quite fair and worth betting on.