Ajax vs. Union Berlin – Betting Preview
In their Europa League match, Union Berlin—who have been a revelation this year—are predicted to put Ajax to the test.
Because they frequently win close games, the German team is only one point behind Bayern Munich at the top of the Bundesliga standings.
They only scored six goals in their six group-stage games, which cost them second place in this competition to Union Saint-Gilloise.
Ajax got eliminated from the Champions League after finishing third behind Napoli and Liverpool and revealing their shortcomings.
The massive Dutch team easily defeated Rangers at home and on the road, but they failed to earn a point against the top two teams in that group.
It must have hurt to lose 3-0 to the Reds at home after getting destroyed 6-1 by the Serie A leaders at Johan Cruyff Arena.
Manager Alfred Schreuder, who took over for the Manchester United-bound Erik ten Hag last summer, was under pressure as a result of those performances.
Following a seven-game losing streak in the Eredivisie, Schreuder was fired and Johnny Heitinga was promoted to manage.
The former Ajax and Everton defender has had an outstanding start, scoring 12 goals in three Eredivisie victories and defeating FC Twente in the Dutch Cup.
Mohammed Kudus is one of the players that prefer to attack now that they have more flexibility, but this test is going to be different.
Union Berlin Preview
Union Berlin maintained its improbable Bundesliga title challenge with a 2-1 victory over RB Leipzig on Saturday.
That was the fifth straight victory in Germany’s top division since the season resumed following Qatar 2022, and they did defeat Wolfsburg in the cup match by a score of 2-1.
That outcome in Leipzig was a big lift for the Iron Ones, who had earlier displayed some fragility on the road.
They appeared to be outmatched in this competition after losing 1-0 to Union Saint-Gilloise and Braga.
They bounced back, though, to notch four successive victories by the same margin, with Robin Knoche scoring important penalties against Malmo and Braga.
However, the value of that victory is difficult to assess because USG had already been determined to have won the group when they were defeated in Belgium on Matchday 6!
1X2 Betting Odds
Let’s have a look at the odds in the 1×2 market for match result.
Union Berlin have scored at least two goals in each of six competitive outings in 2023 and we certainly expect them to continue the fine attacking form here against Ajax.
But if we were to turn our eyes to the betting market, we will find that Ajax are the favourites to win @ 2.05.
Union Berlin won’t be a pushover, especially as they have been flying high in Bundesliga remaining only a point behind leaders Bayern Munich after last weekend.
As they get ready for their first continental knock-out experience, Union will hope to ride on their recent form of six straight wins in all competitions.
Their odds of winning are @ 4.02.
The possibility of a stalemate and taking things to the second leg, stands @ 3.74.
Total goals over/under
Let’s see what the over/under market has for us in this game.
The odds that the total number of goals scored will be over 2.5, stands @ 2.00.
While the odds that the total number of goals will be under 2.5, stands @ 1.95.
The visitors have seen over 2.5 goals in five of their six games in 2023, scoring at least twice while also keeping a 100% record.
While the hosts have seen over 2.5 goals in three of their last four games, scoring at least thrice in three games!
But given the fact that this will be the first competitive clash between the two sides, the market is on the edge on how this one will play out!