With Bayern Munich and Union Berlin equal on points at the top of the table, Sunday’s showdown at the Allianz Arena is destined to have a big impact on the title race. Our sportsbook offers the best markets and bonuses for the Bundesliga.
Bayern Munich: World-Class Squad
Bayern trailed Union by five points after a shock 1-0 defeat to Augsburg on Matchday 7 but recovered ground to lead the standings at Christmas and take the nominal autumn championship as leaders at halfway. However, three straight 1-1 draws against Leipzig, FC Koln, and Eintracht Frankfurt to start 2023 and the defeat to Gladbach, allowed the chasing pack to close back in.
Julian Nagelsmann’s side is by no means running away with the title. Not only are Dortmund and Union Berlin on the same number of points as Bayern, but Freiburg, RB Leipzig, and Eintracht Frankfurt are also within touching distance of the frontrunners, making for a thrilling title race. Bayern Munich is still the best team in Germany and one of the best in Europe, but there is a sense that the club’s hegemony over the Bundesliga could end this year. We count on their quality and we will continue to include them in our Bundesliga picks.
Sadio Mane could make his first appearance of 2023 for the reigning champs. He has been sidelined since sustaining a leg injury shortly prior to the World Cup break, but after having surgery to correct the problem the Senegal international joined full training last weekend and will be in the starting lineup.
Union Berlin: Organized
Union Berlin gained promotion to the Bundesliga in 2020 and went on to finish 11th in their debut campaign, before finishing seventh in 2020-21 and fifth last term, and they now stand a genuine chance of clinching the title. This is a superb story for a Netflix series.
Union could be a touch leg-weary after their 3-1 Europa League home win over Ajax on Thursday, although they should have no problem with motivation for the most important clash of the Bundesliga season. They frustrated the record champions with a brilliant display in Berlin back in September and have maintained those standards throughout the campaign. There is no hiding the fact that Union has struggled for goals at times this season, but they have remained defensively sound throughout the campaign.
Janik Haberer has been a revelation since joining the club in the summer and he has formed a solid allegiance with Rani Khedira. Aissa Laidouni is rapidly settling following his January transfer, who has helped, and Becker’s pace is frequently used to stretch defenses on the counter. If you’re betting online you should always back Union when playing at home but on the road against Bayern, they will definitely have a problem. Until last week’s goalless draw with Schalke, Union was one of just three teams in Europe’s top five leagues, alongside Dortmund and Barcelona.
Bayern Munich vs Union Berlin Head-to-Head
Bayern Munich has led at halftime and fulltime in five of their last seven home Bundesliga games. Union Berlin has conceded the opening goal in five of their last six away league games and trailed at halftime in three. The visitors have not conceded more than one goal in their last nine competitive matches.
Bayern boasts the league’s best defense with 21 goals conceded, and Union is next-best with 24. Bayern and Union are the only unbeaten teams at home this season. Union has played nine previous matches against a side leading the Bundesliga at the time of the fixture, picking up points in more than half.
Bayern Munich vs Union Berlin Prediction
- Game: Bayern Munich (12-7-2) vs Union Berlin (13-4-4)
- Location: Allianz Arena, Munich
- Day/Time: Sunday, Feb. 26, 11:30 a.m. ET
- Bayern Munich vs Union Berlin live Stream: fubo TV
Bayern Munich vs Union Berlin Betting Lines
Bayern Munich vs Union Berlin Picks & Predictions
The Bavarian giants enter this clash as heavy favorites being priced at -300 on the three-way moneyline according to the latest Bundesliga odds while the goal line is set at three.
The Bavarian giants are pretty much where you would expect them to be but this season is very entertaining because this might be the year when Bayern might fail to defend their title. We expect them to play their best football on Sunday but we will avoid the goal line because this match might go over or stay under. Bayern will enter this clash all guns blazing and should have enough to lead at halftime and win the match.