Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich will be looking to return to winning ways when they welcome Union Berlin to the Allianz Arena on Saturday evening.
The Bavarian giants have won only two of their last five top-flight matches, while the Iron Ones have won only one of their last six league games.
While Bayern Munich remain strong favourites to clinch their 10th successive Bundesliga title, back-to-back 1-1 draws against Bayer Leverkusen and Hoffenheim has provided a glimmer of hope for second-placed Borussia Dortmund.
Robert Lewandowski’s 29th top-flight goal of the season cancelled out Hoffenheim’s opener scored by Christoph Baumgartner to rescue a point last weekend, but that result means the Bavarian outfit now sit just four points above Dortmund with eight games remaining, including a fixture between the two teams at the Allianz Arena next month.
Bayern’s exceptionally high standards have recently taken a dip, as they have won only three of their last seven games across all competitions.
While Bayern have not lost any of their previous five meetings against Union Berlin, hopes of Julian Nagelsmann’s side returning to winning ways on Saturday are not guaranteed, as they have failed to beat the Iron Ones in two of their last three league encounters.
Bayern will extend their winless Bundesliga run to three matches for the first time since November 2018 if they fail to claim all three points this weekend.
Union Berlin’s inconsistent run of form has continued after they followed up their 1-0 loss at Wolfsburg with a disappointing 1-1 draw at home against relegation-threatened Stuttgart last weekend.
Taiwo Awoniyi scored his 16th goal of the season when he converted from the penalty spot four minutes before half time, but the Iron Ones were unable to hold on for three points as Sasa Kalajdzic netted a 90th-minute equaliser to force both sides to share the spoils.
Urs Fischer’s men have slipped down to eighth in the Bundesliga table, six points behind Hoffenheim in sixth, who currently occupy the final European qualification spot.
Union Berlin have struggled away from home so far this season, accumulating only 13 points from as many league matches. They can, however, take confidence from their last visit to the Allianz Arena where they claimed a 1-1 draw in April last season, with Marcus Ingvartsen scoring an 85th-minute equaliser.
The Iron Ones will be seeking revenge against Bayern on Saturday, after the latter secured a 5-2 victory in the reverse fixture earlier this season.
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We say: Bayern Munich 3-1 Union Berlin
Union Berlin have caused problems for Bayern Munich countless times in previous meetings, and we expect the visitors to get on the scoresheet this weekend.
However, the hosts will be fired up in a bid to turn their fortunes around and their elite attackers possess all the qualities required to outscore their opponents.