Union Berlin, who just made their Champions League debut at the Bernabeu this past week, will host Hoffenheim in a Bundesliga match on Saturday. The UCL newcomers lost in a heartbreaking fashion to Real Madrid on Wednesday, while Hoffenheim beat FC Koln in their most recent encounter to extend their winning streak to three.
Union Berlin’s first Champions League match was against Real Madrid, who have won the tournament a record 14 times, so it’s safe to say that Urs Fischer’s squad couldn’t have asked for a rougher introduction.
Jude Bellingham scored the game’s only goal in second-half stoppage time, breaking the hearts of Die Eisernen, who had only 24% of the game’s possession and faced a barrage of 32 shots at the Bernabeu.
With losses of 3-0 to RB Leipzig and 2-1 to Wolfsburg preceding Wednesday’s Bernabeu collapse, Fischer’s side enters Saturday’s match on a three-game losing streak across all competitions. Despite this, Union are still within striking distance of the early Bundesliga frontrunners.
Die Eisernen are hopeful of getting back on track this weekend after opening the season with 4-1 wins over Mainz and Darmstadt, but in-form Hoffenheim are confident of increasing the pressure on Union Berlin.
Although the Blues opened the season with a 2-1 setback to Freiburg, they have since won three straight games and are currently three points ahead of Union in the Bundesliga.
Maximilian Beier, a 20-year-old attacker, scored a goal in each of Pellegrino Matarazzo’s squad’s three consecutive wins: 3-2 over Heidenheim, 3-1 over Wolfsburg, and 3-1 over FC Koln.
As a result, Die Kraichgauer have won their last three games by a combined score of 13-0 and have a total of nine points this season, with only Bayern Munich and Bayer Leverkusen having more.
Hoffenheim can take heart from the fact that they have a perfect record on the road this season, having already secured two triumphs away from home in 2023-24. This is in contrast to Union Berlin, who were undefeated in all 17 of their home league games last season, earning 11 wins and six draws.
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Union Berlin vs Hoffenheim Game Information
- Date: 09/23/2023
- Time: 09:30 AM ET
- Location: Stadion An der Alten Försterei (Berlin).
- How to Watch Union Berlin vs Hoffenheim: ESPN+
- Live Stream: fubo.tv