Many people say that when you win promotion in football, particularly to the top division, your home form is what will keep you in the league. Well, this season, six wins from ten home games have established Union Berlin as a competitive Bundesliga side as they look to finish their maiden top-flight campaign in the same division.
Union Berlin’s Home Form Crucial for Bundesliga Status
Stadion An der Alten Försterei – Fortress
Despite losing four, six wins from ten home games see Die Eisernen in 7th in the home table.
On the road, they’ve won just once at have picked up just five points, highlighting just how important it is for promoted teams to impress when playing at home.
Despite losing their opening Bundesliga fixture at home to RB Leipzig, Urs Fischer’s side have overcome Borussia Dortmund, Freiburg, rivals Hertha Berlin, Borussia Monchengladbach, FC Köln and now Augsburg in the forest.
It’s also worth noting that Dortmund, albeit on matchday three, and Monchengladbach were both table-topping sides when they visited the German capital.
Fans play a big part in football, and that bond is particularly strong in Germany. Union Berlin is one club that certainly feels the backing from supporters, with many having donated blood to raise funds, in addition to numerous volunteers helping to rebuild the clubs stadium.
Despite their strong home form, Union now face three fixtures on the road. Die Eisernen travel to fourth-placed Dortmund this Saturday, looking to complete the double over the eight-time champions.
They then travel to semi-professional outfit SC Vern in the third round of the DFB Cup before returning to league action at Werder Bremen.
Die Eisern’s next home game isn’t until February 15 when Bayer Leverkusen come to town, and it will be interesting to see where the 11th placed side will sit heading into that crucial fixture.