Ajax vs Union Berlin
UEFA Europa League
Date: 16 February 2023, Thursday
Kick-off at 17:45 UK / 18:45 CET
Venue: Johan Cruijff Arena (Amsterdam).
Ajax host Union Berlin in the first leg of a super-exciting UEFA Europa League knockout round playoffs tie on Thursday evening at Johan Cruijff Arena.
Both teams will enter the game high on confidence which is why we are expecting a fantastic encounter in Dutch capital.
Ajax made a managerial change after a series of shockingly poor results at the start of the year. Their former full-back Johnny Heitinga took charge last month.
Heitinga has managed to completely shift the team’s fortunes around since taking over Alfred Schreuder. Ajax have won all four outings with him at the helm. The run includes the weekend’s 3-1 success against RKC Waalwijk.
The Amsterdam heavyweights are still in contention for the Eredivisie title, being just three points behind Feyenoord at the top of the standings.
However, we have to mention that Ajax’s defensive line looked horrendous in the UEFA Champions League group stage as the team conceded 16 goals in six outings against Liverpool, Napoli, and Rangers.
Ajax do have European experience and it will be very interesting to see whether it will make a big impact on Thursday against Union Berlin who have been the hottest team in Germany this winter.
Union Berlin have won 12 games in a row in all competitions, including the mid-season friendlies. They continued the superb spell of form on Saturday afternoon, beating RB Leipzig 1-2 on the road in the big top-half derby.
Urs Fischer’s men are only one point behind Bayern Munich at the top of the Bundesliga standings.
Ajax vs Union Berlin Head-to-head
- This will be the first competitive meeting between Ajax and Union Berlin.
- They have met each other in an exhibition back in 2020 when they played a 2-2 draw.
Ajax vs Union Berlin Prediction
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.
Looking at the odds, the value has to be with the red-hot visitors. You can back Union Berlin to win & Both Teams To Score pick at the sky-high 7.00 odds.
Ajax vs Union Berlin Betting Tips
Union Berlin to win & Both Teams To Score @ 7.00 (6/1)
Correct Score: Union Berlin 3-2 @ 34.00 (33/1) odd.