Union are battling for the Belgian Pro League title. With 5 rounds left before the end of the first stage of the championship, the team is in second place, 5 points behind the leader Genk.
On the eve of this match, the “unionists” played a tough match with their direct competitor – “Genek” (2:1), in which they managed to win thanks to their strong will. The match turned out to be difficult and energy-consuming, most of the time the players spent without the ball, which will undoubtedly affect the rematch with Unia.
In terms of expected goals scored (xg = 1.74) and conceded (xga = 1.11) goals, Union St. Gilloise is ranked 2nd and 4th respectively in its league.
“Union” Berlin unexpectedly failed to gain a comfortable advantage before the away match, drawing 3:3. Zheleznyi had to bounce three times during the game, and the result was decided by Sven Michel’s goal in the 89th minute of the match.
It is worth noting that in the first match Urs Fischer’s players overtook the rival in terms of expected goals (2.6: 1.3), but before their own goal they deserved to lose concentration.
The characteristic feature of “Unia” is a strong defense (xga = 1.09) and the penultimate attack in the Bundesliga (xg = 1.08).
Neither club was able to gain an advantage in the first leg. With the away goals rule no longer working, the teams have to start over. I think Fischer will analyze the mistakes made and the tough game of the unions 4 days ago will also play a role.