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German Bundesliga | Stadion an der Alten Försterei | 18th August
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Union Berlin vs RB Leipzig predictions for the 19/20 Bundesliga opening weekend. Union Berlin have a tough challenge ahead as they host RB Leipzig for their first-ever Bundesliga game on Sunday. Read on for our free betting tips and match preview.

We use stars to rate our confidence in our tips, with 3 being most confident to 1 being the least.
RB Leipzig to Win @ 4/5

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RB Leipzig 2-1 @ 8/1

Reason For Union Berlin vs RB Leipzig Betting Tips

Union Berlin became the 56th team to feature in the Bundesliga after earning promotion via the promotion/relegation play-offs back in May. Urs Fischer’s side warmed up for the new domestic season with a 6-0 win away to fourth-tier Germania Halberstadt in the DFB Pokal first round, but will no doubt be wary of the much tougher test this weekend.

Union have strengthened their squad over the summer, but an opening game against RB Leipzig is a less than ideal way to test unchartered waters. Newly signed midfielder Christian Gentner, a veteran to the Bundesliga who was part of the Stuttgart side that lost out to them in a promotion/relegation play-offs, and former-Borussia Dortmund defender Neven Subotic are two such players that have been brought in to steady the ship.

RB Leipzig have very much established themselves among the Bundesliga elite since their maiden top-flight season in 2016/17. Now with former Hoffenheim boss Julian Nagelsmann at the helm, even Borussia Dortmund’s Marco Reus has come out and said they could be title contenders this season. Nagelsmann worked wonders with limited resources at Hoffenheim, so imagine what he can do with players like Timo Werner and Marzel Sabitzer!

His attacking philosophy has already been on display this summer as RB Leipzig navigated through a tricky cup tie at Bundesliga 2 side Osnabruck last Sunday, and that 3-2 win will have been much-needed preparation ahead of another road trip this weekend. Whether the 32-year-old will hold new signings Ademola Lookman and Ethan Ampadu in reserve again this weekend is yet to be seen.

Leipzig’s attack is no doubt what will concern Union most this weekend – the Red Bulls did score the fourth-most goals in the Bundesliga last season after all. However, Union’s defensive record from 18/19 should make them confident enough this won’t get too out of hand – despite finishing third in the Bundesliga 2 last season, they boasted the best defensive record in the league.

Sebastian Polter (Union) and Yussuf Poulsen (Leipzig), who still play for their respective clubs, both scored in the first meeting between the two sides back in 2014. However, in this match, it’s the latter we’d be keeping an eye on. Poulsen was Leipzig’s second top scorer last season (15) and alongside Werner (16) the pair scored just under half of Leipzig’s goals in 18/19.

Leipzig have never won in the German capital against Union, but it’s been a few years since the pair last met, and it’s clear that the visitors have come on leaps and bounds. We don’t expect Union to be completely out of their depth in the Bundesliga, but the price on Leipzig to win this opening game looks too good to pass on, particularly when they’ve won 7 of their last 9 on the road. Our prediction: 2-1 RB Leipzig.

Predicted Lineups

Line ups are predicted by our Team News Analysts
Union Berlin
4-4-2
RB Leipzig
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Predicted Starting XI's
Union Berlin
RB Leipzig
Gikiewicz
Gulacsi
Trimmel
Mukiele
Schlotterbeck
Konate
Friedrich
Orban
Lenz
Klostermann
Becker
Demme
Promel
Nkunku
Gentner
Sabitzer
Bulter
Laimer
Andersson
Werner
Ujah
Poulsen
Subs
Union Berlin
RB Leipzig
Andrich
Ampadu
Gogia
Forsberg
Ingvartsen
Haidara
Mees
Ilsanker
Nicolas
Kampl
Parensen
Lookman
Polter
Matheus Cunha
Reichel
Mvogo
Schmiederbach
Saracchi
Subotic
Doubtful
Union Berlin
RB Leipzig
Hubner (Injured)
Adams (Injured)
Rapp (Injured)
Augustin (Injured)
Demme (Injured)
Halstenberg (Injured)
Sabitzer (Injured)
Upamecano (Injured)
Wolf (Injured)
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Published: August 17, 2019

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League Table

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1Borussia Dortmund110051+43
2Sport-Club Freiburg110030+33
3Fortuna Düsseldorf110031+23
4Bayer 04 Leverkusen110032+13
5VfL Wolfsburg110021+13
6FC Bayern München10102201
6Hertha BSC10102201
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8Borussia Mönchengladbach10100001
10TSG 1899 Hoffenheim00000000
101. FC Union Berlin00000000
10RB Leipzig00000000
10Eintracht Frankfurt00000000
14SC Paderborn 07100123-10
151. FC Köln100112-10
16SV Werder Bremen100113-20
171. FSV Mainz 05100103-30
18FC Augsburg100115-40
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1Borussia Dortmund110051+43
2Sport-Club Freiburg110030+33
3Bayer 04 Leverkusen110032+13
4VfL Wolfsburg110021+13
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6Borussia Mönchengladbach10100001
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7RB Leipzig00000000
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7FC Augsburg00000000
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7FC Schalke 0400000000
8SV Werder Bremen100113-20
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2Hertha BSC10102201
3FC Schalke 0410100001
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4SV Werder Bremen00000000
4Sport-Club Freiburg00000000
4RB Leipzig00000000
4VfL Wolfsburg00000000
4FC Bayern München00000000
4Eintracht Frankfurt00000000
4Borussia Mönchengladbach00000000
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5SC Paderborn 07100123-10
61. FC Köln100112-10
71. FSV Mainz 05100103-30
8FC Augsburg100115-40

Scores Vs Opponents

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1Borussia Dortmund31st Aug1st Feb
2Sport-Club Freiburg19th Oct7th Mar
3Fortuna Düsseldorf16th May21st Dec
4Bayer 04 Leverkusen15th Feb21st Sep
5VfL Wolfsburg29th Feb5th Oct
6FC Bayern München14th Mar26th Oct
6Hertha BSC2nd Nov21st Mar
8FC Schalke 0418th Apr30th Nov
8Borussia Mönchengladbach23rd Nov11th Apr
10TSG 1899 Hoffenheim18th Dec9th May
101. FC Union BerlinN/AN/A
10RB Leipzig18th Aug18th Jan
10Eintracht Frankfurt27th Sep22nd Feb
14SC Paderborn 072nd May14th Dec
151. FC Köln7th Dec25th Apr
16SV Werder Bremen14th Sep8th Feb
171. FSV Mainz 054th Apr9th Nov
18FC Augsburg25th Jan24th Aug
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1Borussia Dortmund9th May18th Dec
2Sport-Club Freiburg14th Mar26th Oct
3Fortuna Düsseldorf2nd May14th Dec
4Bayer 04 Leverkusen29th Feb5th Oct
5VfL Wolfsburg19th Oct7th Mar
6FC Bayern München14th Sep8th Feb
6Hertha BSC4th Apr9th Nov
8FC Schalke 0428th Sep22nd Feb
8Borussia Mönchengladbach1st Feb30th Aug
10TSG 1899 Hoffenheim7th Dec25th Apr
101. FC Union Berlin18th Jan18th Aug
10RB LeipzigN/AN/A
10Eintracht Frankfurt25th Aug25th Jan
14SC Paderborn 0718th Apr30th Nov
151. FC Köln23rd Nov11th Apr
16SV Werder Bremen15th Feb21st Sep
171. FSV Mainz 052nd Nov21st Mar
18FC Augsburg21st Dec16th May
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Union Berlin vs RB Leipzig Stats

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  • 1. FC Union Berlin and RB Leipzig meet for the first time in the Bundesliga and the fifth time overall; Leipzig have won two games to Union Berlin’s one (D1).
  • Three of the four meetings between Union Berlin and Leipzig – all in Bundesliga 2 (2014/15 & 2015/16) – ended with a home victory – the other match was a draw.
  • Both Union’s Sebastian Polter (twice) and Leipzig’s Yussuf Poulsen scored in the first meeting between the two sides on Bundesliga 2 matchday 6 in 2014/15 (2-1 Union). Both players still play for their respective clubs.
  • This will be Julian Nagelsmann’s first Bundesliga game as RB Leipzig head coach – Union Berlin’s Urs Fischer also makes his BL debut in the dugout.
  • Union Berlin are set to make their Bundesliga debut. The Berlin side are the 56th club to play in the German top-flight and the fifth from Berlin after Hertha BSC, Tasmania 1900, Tennis Borussia and Blau-Weiß 90.
  • Union Berlin and Hertha BSC will become the first clubs to contest a Berlin derby in the Bundesliga since 1976/77 (Hertha and Tennis Borussia). Except for Hertha, no other Berlin club has managed to avoid relegation from the Bundesliga.
  • Union Berlin only lost five games in Bundesliga 2 last season, whereas every other team lost at least nine times; their previous club record in a season was nine defeats.
  • Union conceded a league low 33 goals in Bundesliga 2 in 2018/19. Their 14 clean sheets were a joint league high along with Hamburger SV.
  • In 2018/19, RB Leipzig conceded just 29 goals and kept 16 clean sheets – both league highs. RBL qualified for the Champions League after finishing the season third.
  • Leipzig have never won their opening match of a Bundesliga season (D1 L2), scoring just three goals and conceding eight.
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