Union Berlin take on the visitors Royale Union in the round 1 match of UEFA Europa League group stage. The match will be played on Thursday, September 8th at Stadion An der Alten Försterei (Berlin).
Union Berlin played in the 2nd division of the country for a few years ago. The "Iron Union", of course, at one time, periodically played well in the framework of the GDR. But still, the current segment of history is a top one for them. Moreover, it is important that Urs Fischer and his wards retain the ability to add, to progress. At first, the debutant managed to confidently stay in the Bundesliga 1, a year later they were already in 7th place, in the spring already 5th, with a minimum lag behind the “league champion” quartet. Well, now we managed to give a good start in the new German championship. But what is the mood for the international arena? A year ago, the Germans did not advance from the Conference League group, where were Feyenoord, Slavia (Prague) and Maccabi (Haifa).
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Royale Union Saint-Gillois made a comeback last season. Unionistes returned to the Jupiler League a year ago. And they quickly made me remember that, in fact, the club has 11 championship titles and a couple of cups in the museum. True, they all date from the first third of the last century. And the renaissance of the glorious team is due to the fact that the project was acquired by Tony Bloom, the same one that raised Brighton to the Premier League. For a long time, the newcomer was 1st in the last Jupiler League, and only in the 2nd round did they lose the lead to the most experienced Brugge. In the new cycle, the wards of Karel Gererts did not start as brightly as in 2021, but they are also not bad. Qualifying started with a 2-0 home win against Rangers. But it turned out that this was not enough against the Scots: those houses managed to get the final 3-0, and sent Union to the Europa League.
Both the Union (Berlin) and especially the Union Saint-Gillois were little known until recently. But at the same time, in 2020, the Germans and the Belgians played each other, however, in a friendly match. Then there was a draw 2-2. Union is seen as the undisputed favorite of the couple. But, given the unpredictability of the Union, it is better to take neutral "over 2.5 goals".
Prediction for the match: Over 2.5 scored goals.