Preview - Borussia Dortmund vs Union Berlin 20 September 21

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Match Day 5
Borussia Dortmund vs Union Berlin
Monday, September 20th, 2021
00:30am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Signal-Iduna-Park

Borussia Dortmund:   
Last five matches form: W W L W W
Average goals per match (20/21): 2.21
Average goals against per match (20/21): 1.35
Top Scorer (20/21): Erling Braut-Haaland (27)

Union Berlin:
Last five matches form: W D D W D
Average goals per match (20/21): 1.47
Average goals against per match (20/21): 1.26
Top Scorer (20/21): Max Kruse (11)

It has been a relatively solid start for Borussia Dortmund this season, with three wins in four in the Bundesliga and a win on the road in Besiktas in their first Champion's League group game in midweek. Next up its this home clash with Union Berlin.

Union Berlin haven't been spectacular so far this season. They have however been solid. So solid that they head into this game unbeaten in their first four fixtures. This no doubt represents their stiffest task to date though.

It was honours even in the meetings between the siders last season, Dortmund winning 2-0 in this one and Union gaining their revenge with a 2-1 success in the reverse fixture.

Emre Can, Mateu Morey, Dan-Axel Zagadou and Julian Brandt are expected to miss out for the home side. No confirmed absentees for the visitors at this stage.

Dortmund tended to be involved in entertaining fixtures last season, and it looks like being much the same this term, with each of their opening four games seeing three or more goals. Their two home games to date have resulted in a 5-2 win over Eintracht Frankfurt and 3-2 success over Hoffenheim.

Union's sole win of the season so far came at home against Gladbach. Their only away fixture to date resulted in a 2-2 draw at Hoffenheim.

Union did keep a clean sheet at home against Augsburg last time out, but that was their first of the season, and facing a Dortmund outfit who have been irresistible going forward so far, they seem likely to be outgunned.

Prediction: Borussia Dortmund 4 - 2 Union Berlin


Half time: 2 - 0
Full time: 4 - 2
Shots: 13 - 9
Shots on target: 5 - 6
Corner Kicks: 3 - 6
Possession: 63% - 37%
Referee: Sven Jablonski

Borussia Dortmund: Mats Hummels (Yellow), Axel Witsel (Yellow)
Union Berlin: Marvin Friedrich (Yellow), Niko Giesselmann (Yellow), Jullan Ryerson (Yellow)

10 minutes 1-0 (Raphael Guerreiro): Stunning opener from the hosts. A ball lofted forward from right to left finding Donyell Malen. Malen and Guerreiro exchanging passes but Union Belin getting a decent challenge in. The ball dropped nicely for Guerreiro 16-yards out in the lefty corner of the area though, from were he produced a wonderful left footed volley across goal and into the top right.

24 minutes 2-0 (Erling Braut-Haaland): Dortmund attacking down the left and switching the play across to the right. Thomas Meunier sending a dangerous ball across and Haaland getting up to nod home into the bottom right from six yards out to the left of centre.

52 minutes 3-0 (Marvin Friedrich (og)): The hosts hitting on the counter this time. Marco Reus sent scampering into the right of the area and sending a low ball across the six-yard box. Friedrich chasing back to his own goal and unable to get out of the way, cannoning the ball onto himself and into the net from six yards out and central.

57 minutes 3-1 (Max Kruse (pen)): A dangerous cross being whipped in from the left. Julian Ryerson getting in a header which Gregor Kobel could only parry. Kevn Mehrens being trod upon by Axel Witsel in the ensuing scramble and the penalty kick being awarded upon consultation with VAR. Kruse sending the keeper the wrong way to fire home into the bottom right.

81 minutes 3-2 (Andreas Voglsammer): Niko Giesselmann sending the corner over from the right hand side. Voglsammer getting up around six yards out and central and planting a header down and in to the right hand side.

83 minutes 4-2 (Erling Braut-Haaland): Any thoughts of a comeback were ended by that man Haaland. And in spectacular style. Mats Hummels lofting a ball forward into the left channel. Haaland outmuscling his marker and onto the bouncing ball into the left corner of the eighteen yard box, spotting the keeper off his line and acrobatically finishing with a lobbed volley into the right hand side. Wonderful finish.

Analysis: Credit to Union Berlin who did pretty well in general play and did threaten to salvage something late. As so many teams have found though, going toe to toe with this Dortmund side is a very dangerous game. Haaland unstoppable yet again.

League Standings: Dortmund third, only one point adrift of Bayern and Wolfsburg. Union slip to eighth.

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