Celtic facing a very tough start to their Europa League campaign in Amsterdam
Ajax and Celtic – both former European champions – will probably think they should be playing in the Champions League rather than the Europa League.
But they have been relegated to Europe’s second tier competition after losing out in the last qualifying round of the premier tournament and must now focus on the job in hand.
Ajax currently top the Dutch Eredivisie but the draw hasn’t been kind to either them or the Scottish champions with Fenerbehce and Molde to contend with in Group A. This will be the first time the sides have met in the Europa League but they did meet in the Champions League in 2013 with Ajax winning 1-0 at the Amsterdam ArenA before losing 2-1 in Glasgow.
Celtic had won three of their four previous games but Ajax have been in equally impressive form. They hadn’t conceded a goal in four matches before Saturday’s 2-2 draw at Twente Enschede, when they came from two goals down at half-time.
Ajax are traditionally strong at home and that’s bad news for Ronny Deila’s men, who have a terrible record in away ties in the Europa League. They haven’t managed a win in their last 10 on the road in the competition and, overall, the Bhoys are winless in five games in Europa League having conceded 12 goals in that time.
It’s impossible to look beyond a home win in this one at 5/6 in our Full Time Result betting as Craig Gordon could be in for a busy evening. Ajax have been defending well on the whole so backing Celtic to score 0 in our Goals Away Team market is also tempting at 5/4.
The match kicks off at 6.00pm on Thursday, September 17th at the Amsterdam ArenA
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