Kick-off: 2000, 23/02/2023
Stadium: Stadion An der Alten Forsterei
TV: BT Sport
Union Berlin were much the better side in last week’s Europa League clash with Ajax in Amsterdam and are fancied to finish the job off in Germany.
Although the scores finished level following a goalless stalemate at Johan Cruyff Arena, Geronimo Rulli was by far the busier keeper.
The Iron Ones now get the nod at 5/4 to win the second leg on home turf in our initial Union Berlin vs Ajax prediction.
Union Berlin Odds
Chances were few and far between in the first half in Amsterdam, as Urs Fischer’s 3-5-2 formation controlled proceedings.
Sheraldo Becker and Jerome Roussillon went close with long-range attempts, but the big chances came after the break.
Rulli did well to save a Josip Juranovic free-kick from just outside the penalty box.
Morten Thorsby really should have finished off a lovely move down the right but headed straight at the Argentine keeper from eight yards out.
Union have been superb at Stadion An der Alten Forsterei in the Bundesliga this term, posting seven wins and three draws from 10 outings.
Sunday’s 0-0 draw with Schalke here was frustrating, but they are only behind Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund at the top of the table on goal difference.
Looking at the 13/5 for a home win to nil on this occasion.
Ajax dropped down from the Champions League after having their limitations exposed when finishing third behind Napoli and Liverpool.
The Dutch giants comfortably accounted for Rangers both at home and away but failed to pick up a point against the top two in that pool.
A winless run of seven Eredivisie games either side of the World Cup break then saw Alfred Schreuder dismissed and Under-23s boss Johnny Heitinga promoted.
The former Ajax and Everton defender has rekindled his club’s domestic title bid in impressive fashion.
Sunday’s 4-0 demolition of Sparta Rotterdam was a fourth straight Eredivisie victory, with the combined scoreline being 16-2.
However, with Ajax now three points behind Feyenoord in second, that competition could take priority.
Based on the opening encounter, 17/4 for Draw HT/Union Berlin FT is worth adding to our Union Berlin vs Ajax betting tips.
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