Fringe forward Brian Brobbey knows all too well how stubborn Bundesliga opposition can be, following a goalless stint at RB Leipzig during the first half of last season. Watch: Union Berlin challenging at the topMatch stats Ajax youth product Becker has registered a single-season personal best eight goals and seven assists in all competitions so far in 2022/23. Juranovic was part of the Croatia team that finished third at the 2022 World Cup. Timo Baumgartl, who overcame testicular cancer earlier in the season, joined Union in summer 2021 after a two-season stint in the Netherlands with PSV Eindhoven.
And it was the away side who looked at home in the Johan Cruijff Arena, taking control from the very start. Die Eisernen were positive and poured forward at every possible moment – cheered on by their vociferous support in Amsterdam – but clear-cut chances remained at a premium. Local boy Sheraldo Becker was a livewire in front of his friends and family, seeing a couple of efforts blocked. The closest Union came before the break was a sliced Jerome Roussillon effort at the far post.
The Union Berlin vs Ajax prediction expects a very tight encounter. Even though Ajax do have a lot of goals in them, they were unable to find the back of the net in the first leg. Union Berlin can be a very hard opponent at home but they have frequently failed to keep clean sheets – even in the home matches. Total goals over 2. 5The Ajax team were unable to find the back of the net in the first leg, but they continue to have a very strong offence. Union Berlin have failed to keep a clean sheet in four out of the last five games – even when playing at home. The Union Berlin vs Ajax prediction for this game expects more than 2.
Despite winning the Dutch top flight in each of the past two seasons, Ajax are currently two points behind league leaders Feyenoord with 12 games left to play. As such, there was little room for caretaker manager Johnny Heitinga to rotate in the 4-0 victory over Sparta Rotterdam this past weekend. Ex-Werder Bremen midfielder Davy Klaassen was the sole change to the side that drew with Union, replacing Calvin Bassey as Heitinga trialled a different formation. Tadic had a hand in three goals to take his total contribution to the season to 24, though the Serb and his teammates found Union to be a much tougher nut to crack. Ajax failed to register a single shot on target in the home leg, and have only won two of their last eight European away games against German sides (D2, L4).
5 goals. Both teams to score – yesThere is amazing value seen in the Union Berlin vs Ajax odds for the upcoming meeting. The should see a decent number of goals by the form shown by the two teams. The first leg might have been a novice encounter, but both teams have to come out and secure victory in order to reach the next round.
Fischer, who turned 57 this week, has overseen 190 competitive games as Union coach (W86, D52, L52). No team has managed as many as Union's five clean sheets in this season's Europa League. Union's four wins in this season's competition have all been by 1-0 scorelines. A fifth such result would send them through. Probable teams Union: Ronnow – Doekhi, Knoche, Baumgartl – Juranovic, Thorsby, Khedira (c), Laidouni, Roussillon – Becker, Behrens Out: Schäfer (foot) Doubtful: Leite (illness) Coach: Urs Fischer Ajax: Rulli - Rensch, Timber, Bassey, Wjindal - Berghuis, Alvarez, Taylor - Kudus, Tadic (c), Bergwijn Out: - Doubtful: Sanchez (knock) Coach: Johnny Heitinga First-leg report: Ajax 0-0 Union While Ajax were playing their 150th game in the UEFA Cup/Europa League, Union were making their debut in the knockout stages of this competition.
The goalless draw is still a good result for Die Eisernen, who will be confident of getting the job done at the Stadion An der Alten Försterei. Third in the Bundesliga and level on points with leaders Bayern Munich, Union have lost just one of 15 home matches this term, and one of 22 dating back to last season. Urs Fischer made five changes for Sunday's goalless draw with Schalke, so you would expect Josip Juranovic, Jerome Roussillon, Janik Haberer and Becker, who was introduced from the bench on Sunday, to return to the starting line-up. The impressive Diogo Leite missed the match due to illness and is still a doubt, while Kevin Behrens, who started in both Amsterdam and Berlin, could be replaced by Jordan as Fischer looks to keep his team fresh with a trip to Bayern to come on Sunday. Andras Schäfer, who is still recovering from a foot injury, is the only confirmed absentee.
Union Berlin vs Ajax prediction, betting odds & free tips 23/02/2023 - Pundit FeedUK: 18+ USA: 21+ | Begambleaware. org | T&Cs apply | Play Responsibly*These odds from Ladbrokes were correct at the time of writing. Stadion An der Alten Försterei is the location for the second leg of the Europa League game between Union Berlin and Ajax.
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