Ajax confident about progression

Ajax confident about progression

Ajax and Union Berlin meets for the second leg of their knockout stage round, after holding each other in a goalless draw. Ajax is confident that they can progress towards the playoff round. On the other hand, Union Berlin, they remain optimistic of their chances, going against a European giants. Actually, both teams remain optimistic of their chances since they were able to stop each other. Nonetheless, this is their only chance of entering the playoffs of the Europa League. Their second leg will be on February 24, 2023, at 4:00 AM (GMT+8), with Union as hosts.

When these two teams held a goalless draw, it was just the first time that they meet each other. However, the hosts are actually doing well this year, as they are unbeaten ever since 2023 entered. They dropped points just twice in their last eight matches. Moreover, in the Europa League, the hosts were able to keep clean sheets in five of their last six matches. The visitors on the other hand has the same path as the hosts. They are also unbeaten since November of last year, winning five of their last six matches. Additionally, in their last five games, they managed to score 13 goals, and conceding just twice.

Ajax

Europa League: Ajax
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Ajax is currently playing well in the Eredivisie, continuing their fine form in the contest. This is the form they want to bring in the Europa League, to seal a spot in the playoffs. They are in fact coming from a outstanding 4-0 win at home. This result is not surprising for a squad who are known for holding their opponent with clean sheets. Since they are unbeaten since November, they also want to prolong this record. However, although improvements are seen with their recent performance, the first leg is the first time they failed to score a goal.

There may be changes with their squad for this match. However, they have no fresh concerns coming into this game.

Union Berlin

Europa League: Union Berlin

After holding a goalless draw during their first leg, they are also held goalless when they draw their domestic match. They ended their Bundesliga match against Schalke in a goalless draw last weekend. Additionally, they failed to take advantage of Bayern’s slip, which tied them for 43 points. Luckily, this squad remains solid this year, letting them stay solid in their recent matches. At home, they are also doing well, having over 2.5 goals in five of their last six matches. Now, they want to finally bag their spots in the playoffs, as they want to win against Ajax.

Christopher Trimmel and Jank Haberer will resume their positions in this match, after their first leg suspension.

Prediction:

Union Berlin (2.0)
Odds: -0.94

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