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Champions League Qualifiers: Ajax Amsterdam Inches Closer to Group StagePublished July 29, 2015 by Florin P
Bet live at bet365 Sports as Ajax Amsterdam returns to the Champions League spotlight (20:05 UK Time)
Ajax Amsterdam has been a constant presence in the Champions League, but over the last couple of years they failed to survive the group stage. Nevertheless, their dedicated group of players is anxiously waiting for the next attempt at making a deep run in the most important European competition. They can seize the chance this Wednesday, when the Dutch take on Rapid Wien in the third round of the qualifiers.
Bookies Credit Ajax Amsterdam with the First Chance
Despite playing on the road, the visitors are narrow favorites to prevail and Bet365 currently offers the best odds at 8/5. The home side benefits from exactly the same odds and will try to make the most of home pitch advantage. Rapid Wien played a couple of friendly games and won the vast majority of them, while extending their invincible run to 17 games in a row.
A quick glance at the games played by the Austrian team will reveal the fact that they chose relatively weak opponents. Most of these teams are playing in the lower divisions and the goal was to prevent injuries, while bolstering the morale of their players. By comparison, Ajax Amsterdam faced some of the toughest European teams and frequently went down by the odd goal, or had to settle for a single point.
Ajax Goes for All Three Points
The Dutch team has consolidated its offensive and Frank de Boer is expected to use a starting formation with two strikers despite playing on the road. The visitors will come out firing on all cylinders and exercise constant pressure on a team that is notorious for allowing a bucketful of goals. Bet365 offers similar odds for a home win while a draw will triple the investment, but punters would be better off siding with the former Champions League winner.