On Thursday, Union Berlin will visit Malmo with the goal of closing the gap on the top two teams in Group D of the Europa League.
The visitors, on the other hand, have not yet accrued a point in this season’s competition and will be permanently expelled from Europe if they lose.
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After losing to Union Saint-Gilloise and Braga in their first two games, Union Berlin’s chances of progressing further in the Europa League appeared to be quite poor.
The fact that each of their last eight games have seen fewer than three goals scored at either end, with just one club scoring in the last seven of those, indicates that Urs Fischer’s team frequently relies on narrow margins to get favorable results.
When they defeated Malmo last week despite being reduced to 10 men just before halftime, they demonstrated that they can prevail in the face of adversity. Their first two games, which were both extremely close, ended in consecutive losses.
However, the in-form Sheraldo Becker was able to give his team a crucial victory by scoring the game-winning goal in the 68th minute, despite the fact that Hungary’s Andras Schafer was sent off for a bad tackle.
With Fischer’s team leading the Bundesliga after nine games, they will go into their home match against the Swedish champions confident of winning again on Thursday. However, if they want to advance further in the tournament, they may need to exact revenge on Braga and Union Saint-Gilloise as well.
Malmo could have had ambitions of having an impact in the Europa League this season after making the Champions League group stage last year.
However, they have lost each of their first three games, with their 3-2 loss to Union Saint-Gilloise being especially disappointing given that they twice had the lead in that match in Belgium.
Similar to how Age Hareide was left disappointed by his team’s failure to use a numerical advantage in terms of bodies on the field for the entirety of the second half against the Bundesliga leaders last week, the Blue Ones were unable to turn their 72% possession into any real threat.
In fact, their goalkeeper Ismael Diawara was still required to make six stops in addition to diverting Becker’s shot, highlighting the lackluster nature of their overall effort.
Their difficulties at a higher level should likely not come as much of a surprise given that they are currently sixth in the Swedish Allsvenskan standings, nine points off the top, and that they will have a tough time beating their hot opponents in Berlin on Thursday.
Given their defensive organization, Fischer’s team should win on Thursday with a margin of victory that is comparatively comfortable.
Malmo has struggled to make an impact in Europe this year and seems to be drifting idly out of the continent’s tournament.