Union Berlin are all but assured of top-flight survival following that overdue win in Cologne last weekend, but lack-lustre Paderborn will be relegated should they fail to bag maximum points from this game.
Date: Tuesday, June 16
Venue: Stadion An der Alten
Union ran out 2-1 winners over FC Köln, Marvin Friedrich and Christian Gentner scoring the decisive goals to gift them their first win in 110 days — their last victory prior to Saturday’s was against Eintracht Frankfurt in February.
The result saw them into 14th on 35 points, meaning they will most likely stave off relegation with the last few games to go. A victory over their rock-bottom opposition mathematically seals their survival.
For Paderborn, their slim hopes were firmly extinguished after they suffered a 5-1 humiliation at home to Werder Bremen last time. Thus, Steffen Baugmart’s team have only 20 points to show from their 31 games this campaign and are now primed to go straight back to the 2. Bundesliga.
The two sides shared spoils 1-1 in this game’s reverse fixture earlier in the season, and expect this one to have it’s own thrills too.
Manager Urs Fischer may elect to go with the side that picked up that elusive first win since the restart in Cologne.
Christopher Lenz has a knock and will be assessed closer to kick-off while Julian Ryerson is ruled out until the end of the season with a knee injury.
Sven Michel and Abdelhamid Sabiri are both suspended after picking up five yellow cards for the season.
Sebastian Schonlau remains doubtful, but Gerrit Holtmann is looking good for a return.
Head to Head
In their previous six competitive meetings in history, Paderborn have won twice while Union have one win to their name. They have shared spoils twice, including the most recent clash.
Union Berlin last five competitive games: LDLDW
Paderborn last five competitive games: DDLDL
These two sides have not particularly lit up the Bundesliga all season. Paderborn have drawn their last three away games while their opponents have failed to win any of their last five home games. That makes it all the more likely for this match-up to produce a stalemate, which is priced 5/5 for a full-time draw here.
Another option to take here on BetClever is to oppose the goals market. There have been under 2.5 goals scored in nine of Union Berlin’s last 11 home games while Paderborn’s games away from home have not been free-scoring — eight of their last nine games away from home have seen under 2.5 goals. Punters can back the same outcome (Under 2.5 match goals) for this game for odds of 6/5.