Competition: Europa League
Market: Both teams to score
Odds: 8/11 @ 888sport
Looking to finish the job on home soil this week, Ajax will welcome French outfit Lille to the Johan Cruijff Arena on Thursday evening.
Starting with the hosts, after coming from behind in the most dramatic of fashion last week, Ajax should be hugely confident of finishing off the job in Amsterdam. Despite slipping 1-0 down in the first-leg, Erik ten Hag’s men snatched two goals in the final three minutes and they now find themselves holding a golden advantage. Forging a six-point buffer at the top of the Eredivisie, the Dutch giants managed to keep up their momentum with another eye-catching display over the weekend. Eventually cruising their way to a 4-2 romp against Sparta Rotterdam on home soil, Ajax find themselves enjoying a hugely impressive 10-match winning run across all formats, a run that stems back to January 10th. Showing their usual clinical edge in the final third, it should be noted that five of Ajax’s last six home fixtures has finished with both teams finding the net.
As for the visitors, after being left heartbroken thanks to that stunning 2-1 defeat on home soil last week, Lille know that they really have work to do out in Amsterdam. Nevertheless, despite their Europa League collapse at the Stade Pierre-Mauroy, Les Dogues have only continued to gain a string of plaudits from across France this season. Building on PSG’s latest slip-up over the weekend, Christophe Galtier’s men now hold a stunning three-point buffer at the top of the Ligue 1 table and some in their camp are dreaming of what would be a famous campaign. Bouncing back from their first-leg defeat with a thumping display over the weekend, Lille managed to pick up a 4-1 romp against Lorient on their travels over the weekend, it should also be noted that Thursday’s guests have remarkably won each of their last eight straight matchups on the road. In a contest that could see a string of chances in midweek, we’re backing both teams to find the net.
Bet: Both teams to score at Ajax vs Lille 8/11 for Thursday’s Europa League second-leg @ 888sport