Union Saint Gilloise vs Union Berlin – Betting Preview

The Belgian club keeps writing its gloriest days in its history, and now the ultimate challenge awaits playing at home against a Bundesliga side that barely survived the first leg without losing.

The UEFA Europa League last-16 tie between Union Berlin and Union Saint-Gilloise is finely poised at 3-3 going into the second leg in Brussels this Thursday!

Union Saint-Gilloise Preview

Karel Geraerts, the coach of the Saint-Gilloise, appears to value stability. In the 2-1 win against Genk on Sunday, he only made two adjustments to the lineup from the 3-3 Berlin draw: Teddy Tuema and Simon Adingra took the place of Loic Lapoussin and Oussama El Azzouzi in midfield.

Victor Boniface and Yorbe Vetessen, a strike duo, scored all three goals in the first leg and are very certainly going to start again.

The three-man defence, which includes Englishman Christian Burgess, should remain the same from the first game, but the Bundesliga team will be confident of breaking through the defence after scoring three goals in the first leg and defeating the Belgians earlier in the tournament on their home field.

Union Berlin Preview

With the tie hanging in the balance following last Thursday’s exciting 3-3 draw, the East Berlin team will need all the grit they have come to be known for this season to advance to the Europa League quarterfinals.

Ajax was defeated by Union in the previous round, and they have only lost one of their 13 games overall in tournaments in 2023, which inspires confidence.

Urs Fischer is anticipated to continue to put his trust in Union’s leading scorer Becker, and the pivotal match may be the ideal opportunity for the Surinamese international to net his first goal for Union since November.

In a group-stage victory away at St. Gilloise by the score of 1-0, Becker assisted Sven Michel. Michel came off the bench to net again in the first leg, and will probably be among the substitutes again, with Kevin Behrens the favoured strike partner of Becker.

1×2 Betting Odds

Let’s begin analysing the 1×2 market

The first match ended with a 3-3 score, and if we learn anything from these teams, their defense can be a bit scratchy at times. For our prediction, both teams’ scoring seems like a logical conclusion!

Saying that, a look at the market odds will tell us the home side are the still the underdogs in this @ 3.27.

When we look at their defensive prowess, Union looks a bit more stable in the back, but that doesn’t have to mean much as we could be convinced during their first match last week.

Yet, they are the favourites in this @ 2.45.

The market odds of yet another stalemate stands @ 3.47.

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 @ 2.12.

While the odds that the total number of goals will be under 2.5, stands @ 1.85.

Even though the first game of Union St. Gilloise vs Union Berlin ended with six goals, that doesn’t have to mean that something like that will happen in the return leg as well.

The market believes this game will be played with caution, as there is a lot at stake and the match still hangs in the balance.