Can Taiwo Awoniyi help Union Berlin bounce back to victory and above Freiburg in the standings when the European hopefuls meet at Stadion an der Alten FÃ¶rsterei on Wednesday (kick off at 8:30 p.m. CET)?
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Having taken just six points out of a possible 21 on the road this quarter, Union will be relieved to be back home where they will look for a win to boost morale after elimination from European competition and a loss on the weekend. end against Bundesliga basement team Greuther FÃ¼rth. Having failed to start Awoniyi on Sunday, coach Urs Fischer is set to call on his top scorer again – likely alongside talismanic striker Max Kruse – for inspiration as he seeks to keep his team on top. six in the division and potentially ahead of Friborg. Captain Christopher Trimmel has alternated right-winger duties with Julian Ryerson, so the Austrian should be in this one. Marvin Friedrich missed the weekend with the flu, but is expected to be back on Wednesday.
Guest tactician Christian Streich took a frustrated toll on Saturday when he saw his side concede in added time in their 2-1 home loss to Hoffenheim and will therefore expect a proper reaction from his Freiburg charges after being knocked out of the squadron. first four by their local rivals. Center-back Nico Schlotterbeck scored his second goal in successive games this weekend when Freiburg started with the same eleven that produced a 6-0 away win for Borussia MÃ¶nchengladbach on Matchday 13. He left with a foot problem in the second half, being replaced by his brother Keven, but got the go-ahead as the siblings return to Stadion an der Alten FÃ¶rsterei, having both spent loan periods there- low. The rotation with a midweek game could see Roland Sallai win his first start since September on the right wing.
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- Awoniyi has scored nine goals, a record for the team this season. Only Robert Lewandowski (16), Patrik Schick (14) and Erling Haaland (11) have more championships.
- The Nigerian striker has already led his side 1-0 on five occasions this season, more often than any other player in the league.
- The Union’s high press forced five turnovers that led to goals – more than any other team in Europe’s top five leagues by UEFA’s coefficient.
- Freiburg were the last unbeaten team in the league this season, reaching Matchday 11 before being beaten 2-1 by champions Bayern Munich.
- Lucas HÃ¶ler and Philipp Lienhart are their top four scorers, although Vincenzo Grifo had the best offensive performance with three goals and six assists.
- Friborg has not beaten the Union since March 2020, but beats its all-time record in head-to-head goals scored (18-11). The teams have won four times each and have drawn twice in 10 competitive games.
Union: Luthe – Friedrich, Knoche, Baumgartl – Trimmel (c), Khedira, PrÃ¶mel, GieÃelmann – Haraguchi – Kruse, Awoniyi
Outside: Busk (sick), Dehl (farm)
Coach: Urs fischer
Freiburg: Flekken – KÃ¼bler, Lienhart, N. Schlotterbeck, GÃ¼nter (c) – Sallai, Eggestein, HÃ¶fler, Grifo – HÃ¶ler, Demirovic
Outside: Keitel (muscular), Schmid (fitness match)
Coach: Christian streich