Strugglers facing tough Berlin trip
Kaiserslautern shocked German football in 1997-98 by winning the Bundesliga title in their first season after promotion but two decades later they are in a sorry state.
The Red Devils are bottom of the second division, having lost five of their first seven matches of the season, and their woeful away form doesn’t bode well for the trip to Union Berlin.
Kaiserslautern have lost all four of their league games on the road although they can point to a tough run of fixtures – opponents Fortuna Dusseldorf, Nuremberg, Holstein Kiel and Sandhausen are all in the top six of the embryonic Bundesliga 2 table.
A tally of just three goals in seven outings is less easy to excuse, however, and odds of 17-4 are a fair reflection of the visitors’ chances of victory in Berlin.
Hosts Union Berlin started the season well, winning at relegated Ingolstadt before a 4-3 home victory over Holsten Kiel.
Like Kaiserslautern, they have been mixing in good company, competing well in away fixtures against the top two.
They conceded a 90th-minute equaliser in a 2-2 draw with Nuremberg and were leading 2-1 with six minutes of normal time remaining at Fortuna Dusseldorf before slipping to a 3-2 defeat.
A home clash with a deflated Kaiserslautern side should be the ideal opportunity for the Berlin boys to take three points for the first time since August 4.
Union Berlin finished fourth last season – nine places above Kaiserslautern – and they have scored in six of their first seven games this term.
Their defensive record has room for improvement but that may not be an issue against their shot-shy visitors.
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