Panathinaikos vs Ajax
UEFA Europa League – Group Stage
Date: Thursday, 15th September, 2016,
Kick-Off: 20:05 UK,
Venue: Apostolos Nikolaidis Stadium, Athens.
Panathinaikos return to the Europa League after a one-year absence. The Greek side failed to progress from their group in their last two seasons they were here, on 2014/15 and 2013/14. They defeated Scandinavian sides AIK Solna and Brondby in the qualifying rounds to book their place in this season’s competition.
Ajax Amsterdam are in the group stages of Europa League after a disappointing defeat to Russian side FC Rostov in the Champions League Play-off. They were held to a 1-1 draw at home and were comprehensively beaten 4-1 in the return leg in Russia.
Panathinaikos vs Ajax: Head-to-Head Stats
The most recent meeting between Ajax and Panathinaikos was in a club friendly on August 2015. The Greek side won the fixture at Amsterdam by a 2-0 margin.
One of the most memorable meeting between these two sides was Ajax’s 1971 European Cup Final victory over Panathinaikos at Wembley.
Overall, they have met on three occasions in UEFA competitions, with Ajax winning 2, while Panathinaikos won in 1.
Panathinaikos vs Ajax: Prediction
Panathinaikos are unbeaten in the four qualifying games this season with 3 wins and a draw. Their domestic season have only started this week and they earned a 3-0 win away from home at Levadiakos. There will be no shortage in confidence when they host familiar foes Ajax.
While Ajax have struggled at the start of the new season. But have steadied the ship somewhat with back-to-back wins in their domestic league. They have some quality players who can turn the match on their own. And this is expected to be a tough battle as both teams want to make amends for the past failures.
Considering the attacking prowess of both sides involves, it will be beneficial to bet on both teams to score in this fixture.
Panathinaikos vs Ajax: Bet Tips
Both Teams to Score at 1.95 (10/11).