Ajax vs Rosenborg
2017/18 UEFA Europa League Play-off
Date: Thursday, 17th August 2017
Kick off at 19:45 UK/ 20:45 CET
Venue: Amsterdam ArenA.
Ajax will be desperate to bounce back after a shocking defeat to Heracles at the start of their Eredivisie campaign.
The last season’s runners-up will have to go past Norwegian champions Rosenborg to earn their place in the group stage of the competition in the 2017/18 campaign.
Marcel Keizer’s episode at Amsterdam ArenA could come to an unexpected end sooner than he expected since the team is off to a horrendous kick off to the new season.
Ajax were first eliminated by Nice in the third qualifying round of Champions League and they suffered an embarrassing 2-1 defeat to Heracles at the start of the new Eredivisie campaign on Saturday evening.
The Norwegian champions had a positive result from the first leg at Celtic Park where they held the Hoops to a goalless draw, but they were unlucky to lose the second leg in front of their fans (0-1) to get out of the most elite football competition in Europe.
However, the team led by Kare Ingebrigtsen has been enjoying a thrilling campaign in the top flight of the Norwegian football.
The weekend saw Rosenborg claiming a super important away win over Molde (1-2) making a major step towards the new crown in Norway.
Ajax vs Rosenborg: Head to head
The two sides played each other in the group D of the 2002/03 Champions League season as both of their head to head encounter ended without a winner.
Ajax went through from that group together with Inter, while Rosenborg finished the competition with no more than four points.
Ajax vs Rosenborg: Prediction
The hosts are 1/4 to pick up the victory in the first leg in front of their fans, but the value has to be with Rosenborg whose strikers (primarily Nicklas Bendtner) should be able to exploit the obvious holes in Ajax’s defensive line.
We can easily see both teams on target and the bookmakers are more than generous offering the sky-high 6/4 odds on this betting pick.
Ajax vs Rosenborg: Bet Tips
The first bet will be BTTS at the odds of 6/4 @ Unibet.
The alternative pick is Rosenborg Over 1.5 Team Goals at 6/1.