Ajax have a great opportunity to earn their first win of the Europa League while knocking a direct opponent like Fenerbahçe at the same time. Dutch and Turkish will meet in the fourth fixture of the tournament at the Amsterdam Arena, this Thursday, November 5 at 20:00.
After the first three fixtures, the scenario for Ajax does not look good; however, there is not a desperation factor going on, yet. The Dutch are in third place in group A, after drawing to Molde (1-1) and Celtic (2-2) in the first two outings while losing to Fenerbahçe (1-0) two weeks ago.
The group is led by Molde with seven points, the Turkish are second with four, followed by the Dutch and Scottish with two. The last three fixtures will decide the future of each squad, but for a team like Ajax, playing at home should be their biggest strength.
Ajax attacking options should fall on their ace Davy Klaassen, who signed a new contract with the team despite the interest from other European clubs, and he’s eager to show he made the right choice.
“I have decided to stay with Ajax because I am sure we are on the brink of achieving some great things with this club. And we can start the success this season by qualifying from our Europa League group. But to do that we must get a win against Fenerbahce. This is a great club with a fantastic coach and we belong at the top of European football.”
During the weekend, Ajax handled Roda with a 6-0 win at the Eredivisie. Their win was their ninth in 11 matches in the local tournament, remaining in the first place with 30 goals scored and just five allowed.
Fenerbahçe’s number one priority for this meeting is to leave Amsterdam Arena without a loss. Only a defeat will make their visit to Holland a bad experience.
The Yellow Canaries beat Ajax (1-0) two weeks ago and have drawn against Celtic in Scotland (2-2) after losing at home (1-3) to Molde in the opening fixture of the tournament. They beat Osmanlispor (0-1) in the Turkey Süper Lig, moving to the third place in the standings, only behind Besiktas and Galatasaray.
The Ajax Uefa Odds v Fenerbahçe rated a Dutch win at 2.15 while a Turkish success is at 3.6. The draw is currently at 3.6. Ajax had an eight-game winning streak against Süper Lig teams before drawing against Fenerbahçe; they have won all their previous four home fixtures against Turkish opposition, with 11 goals scored and just one against.
Fenerbahçe’s record against Dutch opponents is five wins, three draws and nine losses overall. However, when they play in Holland, they have earned just one win, three draws and nine losses.
The Europa League betting handicap rated Ajax -1 at 3.75; to collect the home team need to win by two goals or more. Fenerbahçe +1 is valued at 1.73. The game total was listed at 2.5 for this match.
Ajax has dominated the Eredivisie without many problems, and it’s time for them to show their good form in the European tournament as well. Take Ajax to win at home.