Our prediction for this Europa League match:
Union Berlin and Ajax go head to head at Stadion An der Alten Forsterei in what is expected to be a close Europa League encounter. The Bundesliga side produced a fine display in Amsterdam (0-0), with the team eyeing their third consecutive clean sheet in all competitions. Both Haberer and Trimmel are back from domestic bans, while Andras Schafer remains on the sidelines with injury.
Meanwhile, the Amsterdammers rolled over Sparta Rotterdam 4-0 at the weekend, with captain Dusan Tadic producing one of his best performances of the season. However, the Eredivisie champions will have a much bigger fish to fry in Thursday’s showdown. Since Union Berlin are tough to beat at home, we believe that there is a big value in betting on draw. As for the visiting side, both Youri Baas and Ahmetcan Kaplan are major doubts, but interim boss John Heitinga can count on key players for the reverse fixture.
Highlighted Player (Steven Bergwijn):
Steven Bergwin is a product of ASC Waterwijk football school, but in 2009 he was spotted by Ajax scouts. In 2011 he moved to PSG and he continued playing for the club’s reserve team at senior level. He made his debut with the senior team on May 20, 2015 in a 2-0 win over Heracles.
Over the years the Dutch footballer born in Amsterdam on October 8, 1997, has established himself as a first-team regular at PSV, earning a call-up for the national team as well. Steven Bergwijn made his Netherlands debut on October 12, 2018 in a 3-0 win over Germany. His main position is left winger, but he is used as both right winger and centre-forward as well.
His preferred foot is right and it has to be noted that his parents are of Suriname descent, he has a dual citizenship. Bergwijn scored 14 goals in 33 appearances for PSV in the 2018/2019 Eredivisie season.
Highlighted Team (Union Berlin):
Union Berlin are a German football club originally founded back in 1906. Die Eisernen play home games at Stadion An der Alten Forsterei which can hold up to 22,012 spectators. Union Berlin’s home kit is red, with the team wearing white shirts and white shorts on the travels.
Union Berlin finished the 1923 domestic campaign as runners-up, with the team suffering a 3-0 loss to Hamburger SV in the title game. Speaking of the club’s biggest success in the German Cup, die Eisernen made it to the final of the competition in the 2000/2001 season. Schalke, though, proved to be a big catch for Union Berlin in the decider, with Jorg Bohme scoring a brace for die Knappen (2-0).
Union Berlin will face their local rivals Hertha in the 2019/2020 Bundesliga season as they secured promotion to the German top flight, but Hansa Rostock are considered the club’s main rivals.