Union Berlin vs Union SG – Betting Preview
Union Berlin and Union SG will face off for a spot in the Europa League quarterfinals after being partnered up in the group stage earlier this season.
The first leg will be played on Thursday at Stadion An de Alten Forsterei, and the second leg will be held in Belgium the following week.
Union Berlin Preview
Both teams have advanced further than they ever had in any European competition in their individual histories, with Union Berlin’s previous best performance being a second-round loss in the 2001–2002 UEFA Cup. This is uncharted territory for both clubs.
Die Eisernen are prepared to put everything on the line in this competition as they attempt to qualify for the Champions League through either their league position or winning Europe’s secondary trophy after having their bid for the Bundesliga title derailed by a winless streak of three games in recent weeks.
Their 3-1 win against Ajax on home territory in the previous round will undoubtedly have significantly boosted their confidence of making it far, but they will almost certainly be pushing hard for a first-leg lead for them to protect in Belgium.
Union SG Preview
In contrast, Union SG has experienced a similarly spectacular improvement in recent years despite having just received its first promotion to Belgium’s top division in 48 years at the conclusion of the 2020–21 season.
After being promoted, Les Unionistes became the first team in Belgian history to win the league title at the end of the regular season. Nevertheless, they fell short of winning their first top-flight championship since 1935 after losing to Club Brugge in the postseason.
While they still retain aspirations of going one better domestically this season, head coach Karel Geraerts will be desperate to build on topping their Europa League group prior to the World Cup by progressing beyond Union Berlin at the last-16 stage.
Having already beaten them once at Stadion An de Alten Forsterei this season, Geraerts will have every confidence that his players can deliver a positive result in Germany’s capital on Thursday to set themselves up nicely for the return leg at Joseph Marien Stadium next week!
1×2 Betting Odds
Let’s begin analysing the 1×2 market
The away team won both matches in the group stage 1-0, but we can envision a different outcome on Thursday because Union Berlin is expected to be able to keep their opponents at bay!
The odds of victory for the home side stands @ 1.72.
It might not be a match that purists will like because the two managers use very similar formations and place a strong focus on being compact when they lose possession of the ball.
Union SG might have to settle for keeping the tie alive going into the second leg while the home crowd will be cheering their team to unprecedented glory!
The odds of victory for the away side stands @ 5.82.
The odds of a stalemate between the two stands @ 4.00.
Total goals over/under
Let’s check the over/under scenario
The odds that the total number of goals scored will be over 2.5, stands @ 2.31.
While the odds that the total number of goals will be under 2.5, stands @ 1.71.
Judging by the over/under odds, the market expects this one to be a tight and low scoring encounter. But also excepts the home side to do enough for the victory!