Bundesliga: Super Eagles star Awoniyi faces biggest game of season in the form of his life
On Saturday, October 30, the Bundesliga will face Union Berlin against Germany’s most successful team in history, Bayern Munich, in what promises to be an exciting meeting.
Having never won the German league title, the German Cup, or any European title, the Berliners are no match for the almighty Bayern, the team that has won the most championships in the world. Germany, the most cups and the most international trophies. for Germany.
However, the Iron Ones retain slim hopes of securing a famous victory over their illustrious enemies in their match-week clash due to their breathtaking home form and the shine of their Nigerian import Taiwo Awoniyi.
Signed definitively this summer from Liverpool after an impressive loan spell, Awoniyi has been Union Berlin’s best player by far this season.
And the winner of the 2013 U17 World Cup will likely be crucial for any positive result his team achieves in the presence of more than 16,000 spectators at Stadion An der Alten FÃ¶rsterei.
With his pace and power so crucial to the system manager Urs Fischer deploys at Union Berlin, Awoniyi has scored seven (more than half) of the 13 goals the Irons have scored in the Bundesliga this season.
Only Bayern Munich goal machine Robert Lewandowski (10), Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland (9) and Bayer Leverkusen’s Patrik Schick (8) scored more than the Nigerian striker.
Awoniyi’s excellent goal return is one of the reasons the minnows soar high in fifth in the table with a quarter of the season gone.
The former player on loan from Frankfurt has also been excellent in other competitions, having found the net four times in continental assignments and one in the Cup.
The Nigerian’s lone strike in the cup came midweek when he came off the bench to score the Union’s second goal in a 3-1 win at Waldhof Mannheim after 120 minutes to reserve his place in the DFB Pokal the last 16.
This latest goal for Awoniyi was his seventh in six straight games, the best unbroken streak of his career, and it could give him the boost and confidence to face and outmaneuver any foe.
Still, Bayern are the big favorites ahead of the meeting, with the reigning German champions winning seven of their nine league games, including the 4-0 loss to Hoffenheim at the Allianz Arena last weekend, even in the absence of manager Julian Nagelsmann.
As well as having the best striker in the division and possibly in Europe, Bayern also have the best record outside the Bundesliga.
Union Berlin, however, will prove difficult to resolve, especially having gone undefeated at home in their last 21 games, the league’s best unbeaten home record.
They know Bayern isn’t perfect, following the champions’ 5-0 defeat to Borussia MÃ¶nchengladbach in the German Cup in midweek.
A positive result against FC Hollywood is what Union Berlin has achieved before, the Irons being the only team the Munichers failed to beat last season (two draws).
And with an Awoniyi goal still on hand, Union can aspire to stun Bayern and claim their first-ever league victory against their most illustrious enemies.