Betting tips & odds comparison 27.02.2020 AFC Ajax - Getafe FC
Betting Tip for matchday 2 of the 2019/2020 Europa League between AFC Ajax and Getafe FC. The game will be played at Johan Cruijff ArenA (Amsterdam, Netherlands) on 27.02.2020 at 21:00.
Ajax faces Getafe
Ajax face an uphill task tonight in Amsterdam as they seek to overturn a 2-0 defeat they suffered at the hands of Getafe at the Coliseum Alfonso Perez.
Ajax are not strangers to the bright lights and sometimes cold nights of European competitions. Last year, their very youthful team, were minutes away from the finals of the Champions League before losing out to Tottenham. And in this season’s Champions League, they lost to Valencia on the last match day to finish third in the group and that’s how they landed in this round of 32 stage of the Europa league where they were paired with yet another Spanish team.
They have their work cut out for them if they are to advance to the round of 16 which is the hope of most if not all of the 54,000 capacity Johan Cruijff Arena fans that will turn up for this crucial match. This arena has been somewhat of a fortress for them and they will be hoping that trend continues. Ten Hag Erik’s men were utterly poor in that first leg encounter. They failed to register a shot on target until the 86th minute and their key players like Dusan Tadic and Donny van de Beek couldn’t get into any kind of rhythm for most of the game.
The Dutch giants continue to dominate the Eredivisie. They are at the top of the table, although they stumbled a bit last weekend when they went down 1-0 at Heracles with their lead at the top shrinking to just 3 points as they prepare to take on second placed AZ Alkmaar this weekend.
Much of their struggles in Europe can be attributed to the loss of some of the key members of the team that won the double last year. Frenkie de Jong and Matthijs De Ligt both left to Barcelona and Juventus respectively, while Chelsea have agreed a £36.7million deal to sign winger Hakim Ziyech at the end of the season.
Ajax’s injury list has been piling up in recent weeks. Joel Veltman has undergone surgery on his knee and he is out for a couple of months. Noussair Mazraoui, who missed the first leg against Getafe, didn’t play at the weekend and he will be monitored in the run up to kick off. Quincy Promes, David Neres and Zakaria Labyad will sit this game out. Left-back Nicolas Tagliafico picked up a booking in the first leg and has been suspended for this return leg.
Unlike their opponents more illustrious European adventures, Getafe’s experiences in Europe have been more limited. They are appearing in the Europa League for just the second time in their history having made their debut in the 2010/11 campaign. They have played Dutch opponents before and went through against Twente on away goals.
Los Azulones had been in good form in La Liga prior to beating Ajax, winning four on the trot before a narrow 2-1 loss at Barcelona. Sunday’s 3-0 home loss to fellow domestic high-flyers Sevilla is a bit of a concern, but all said and done, they have still outperformed themselves sitting in fifth place in Spain’s top flight.
They completely dominated the first leg and the outcome was a fair reflection of the game. Jose Bordalas’ men played with confidence and self-belief as they harried and hustled their illustrious opponents from the outset. Brazilian Deyverson, a recent loan signing, and midfielder Kenedy, on loan from Chelsea, struck on either half to put the deserved result beyond doubt.
Despite going 2-0 up in the tie, Getafe boss Jose Bordalas is convinced Ajax remain the favourites to qualify. He will nevertheless prepare his side well to defend that lead and if given the space to attack they showed that they are more than capable of making the most of any such opportunities afforded to them. For Getafe, the only doubt is Vitorino Antunes while goalkeeper Filip Manojlovic has been ruled out.
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|Injured: Tagliafico (Suspended), Veltman, David Neres, Mazraoui, Labyad and Manojlovic, Antunes, Etebo (Ineligible), Ndiaye (Ineligible)|
Ajax have no choice but to go on the attack early if they are to salvage any hopes of European glory this season. A man to keep an eye on in the home team will be January signing Ryan Babel, who is likely to prove a handful for Getafe defenders.
Getafe will be happy to soak in some of the expected pressure from the home team and have the ability to hit on the counter. The game looks set for plenty of action and a few goals are expected to fly. Our sports betting tip here is BTTS @ 1.82 and Goals Over 2.5 @ 1.88.
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