Royale Union SG take on the visitors Malmo in the round 2 match of UEFA Europa League group stage. The match will be played on Thursday, September 15th at Stade Joseph Marien (Brusel).
Union Saint-Gillois are now trying to surprise in European competition. The Unionists impressed last season in the Jupiler League. They made me remember that in the first third of the twentieth century it was one of the strongest teams in all of Belgium. Almost got a new championship title. The local regulations interfered, with the 2nd round - in that "pool" all the same, the experienced favorite, Brugge, managed to snatch the 1st place. But still, the 2nd place allowed to go to the Champions League qualification. And the debutant even started with a 2-0 victory over the Rangers, but in Glasgow there were fatal 0-3. Well, I had to move to the Europa League. There, too, it turned out to start successfully: due to the only goal of Linen the namesake, Union, was beaten in Berlin.
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Malmo are not at all what they were in 2021. The “Sky blue” under Dal-Thomasson were able to regain the status of the unconditional favorite and leader of Swedish football. Moreover, last autumn it was possible to return to the group stage of the Champions League. There, however, little happened, not only with Chelsea and Juventus, but also with Zenit. But the Dane left, and it was not possible to fully replace him. Even in Allsvenskan, the team is in the middle of the standings. And in the Champions League qualification, the Scandinavians lost already in July to their first opponent, Zalgiris. True, then Malmö was able to knock out not only Dudelange in the Europa League qualification, but also quite strong Sivasspor. However, in the fall, in the group round, the "sky blue" without many chances, 0-2, lost to Braga at home.
The Union Saint-Gillois has a glorious history. But he was at his peak at a time when European competitions had not really been organized yet - although he reached the semi-finals in the Fairs Cup. So this will be the first meeting with Malmö for Tony Bloom's original Belgian project. Union Saint-Gillois are not bad, but Malmö will not gain momentum this year. We bet on the victory of the Belgians over the Swedes.
Prediction for the match: Royale Union SG to win.