Kaiserslautern-Union Berlin Preview: The Red Devils take on The Irons in top-of-the-table clash

Probably the most interesting match of the 2. Bundesliga matchday 15 will be when 1. FC Kaiserslautern is facing Union Berlin at home this Saturday. It is a match between 3rd and 4th in the league in which teams have 25 points but with Kaiserslautern having a better goal difference.

History indicates that it might be a pretty close matchup. So far, both teams have faced each other 4 times; Kaiserslautern and Union have one victory each, two draws, and an even goal difference after all 4 matches with six goals apiece.

Even though it is a close matchup, Kaiserslautern seem to have a slight upside for the match. They are on an 8-match unbeaten run in all competitions and both of their attackers, Simon Zoller and Mohammadou Idrissou are in terrific form, so Union will need to watch them closely. Both of them have scored 8 times already in the league and Idrissou (33) is showing that, despite criticism these last few years due to lack of professional behavior and effort, he is still able to be, alongside his striking partner Zoller (22), second top scorer in the league. Zoller seems to have turned out as one of the best investments by the club for this season. Coming from 3. Liga side VfL Osnabrück, he has adapted very quickly to the higher standards that a successful 2nd division striker needs. With 3 1/2 years left to run on his contract, he also has the chance to become one the absolute crowd favorites in Kaiserslautern.

Union Berlin, on the other hand, are enjoying a good season so far as well. However, only one thing casts some doubt if you consider about their promotion hopes; while having no big problems so far with beating teams below them in the table, they struggle a bit with getting points against direct promotion opponents. Examples of this are the devastating 4-0 loss against 1. FC Köln two matches ago, which was quite a dampener, and the 4-2 home defeat to Greuther Fürth back in September. Most of their hopes for this match are on the shoulders of captain Torsten Mattuschka, who has fully recovered from is injury and is ready to go for at least 70 minutes today.

There is a lot to expect from this match and I am really hoping for some good football. We’ll see if Union can handle Kaiserslautern’s attack and maybe bounce back from two games without a victory.

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Marco was raised in Essen but now lives in Bonn. He is a football enthusiast who went with VfL Bochum through all ups and downs of being a fan. Follow him on twitter under @MarcoVolkmar

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