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RB Leipzig will be hoping to register its first win of the Bundesliga season 2022-23, as it visits the capital city of Berlin this Saturday, to face Union Berlin.
Union Berlin, playing its fourth ever season in the top flight, has shown remarkable growth over the past 3 seasons. It narrowly missed out on securing an automatic qualification to the Champions League in the last season, trailing Leipzig by just 1 point. Urs Fischer's side began their latest campaign on a positive note, beating fellow Berliners Hertha by 3-1. Debutant Theoson Siebatcheu opened the proceedings for the hosts, scoring in the 31st minute.
Becker and Knoche scored in quick succession during the second half, giving Union a 3-goal lead. Hertha could answer just once through Lukebakio, which wasn’t nearly enough to earn a point. They were however held to a goalless draw by Mainz last weekend, forcing them to share the points. As a result, Union is currently in 5th place on the points table.
With a fixture against freshly promoted Schalke scheduled next week, Union will be hoping to score an early lead on the points table by scoring maximum points from both the upcoming games.
After winning the DFB Pokal for the first time ever, and securing a top 4 finish last season, much is expected from Leipzig this season, especially since coach Domenico Tedesco splurged close to £50 million in bringing in fresh talent in the form of David Raum, Timo Werner, and Xaver Schlager. However, Leipzig is winless after playing its two opening matches and is currently 11th on the points table with just 2 points.
After drawing the first match against Stuttgart, Leipzig was once again forced to drop points against Cologne last weekend. With the score level at halftime, Nkunku scored a superb goal in the 56th minute to give the hosts an advantage. However, a clumsy own goal by Josko Gvardiol later in the second half ensured that Leipzig settled for a second consecutive draw.
Match prediction and football betting tips for Union Berlin vs RB Leipzig Bundesliga 2022-23. The match is going to be played at Stadion An der Alten Forsterei, Berlin, on 20th August 2022.
Urs Fischer is unlikely to make any changes to the squad that played a goalless draw against Mainz last week. Fabio Schneider and Timo Baumgartl will be sitting out due to fitness issues.
Meanwhile, Leipzig will be traveling without Youssouf Poulsen and Lukas Klostermann, both of whom are suffering, as well as Szoboszlai, who will be serving a suspension.
While Leipzig definitely appears to be a stronger team on paper, it’s recent form, and Union Berlin’s counter-attacking style may just play a spoilsport in the visitors’ bid to secure a full set of points.
Bet on a draw.
5 of the last 6 games played across competitions, between the two clubs have seen goals scored at both ends. Union has scored at least once in 13 of its last 15 home games, while Leipzig has done so in 14 of its last 15 matches on the road. We are therefore recommending a BTTS bet.
6 of the last 7 matches across competitions between the two clubs have seen at least 3 goals scored in them. 5 of the last 7 competitive matches for Leipzig and 4 of the last 6 such games for Union too have produced more than 2.5 goals. We are therefore expecting a high-scoring game on Saturday.