If Ajax want to advance to the next round of the UEFA Europa League, they are forced to win in their visit to Scotland. They will face Celtic this Thursday, November 26th at Celtic Park in Glasgow at 21:05.
The Sons of the Gods are in the third place in Group A with only three points, and they will be looking to win their first game in the tournament. They have three draws and one defeat, scoring three goals and allowing four.
They come to this game with a streak of five straight games with no defeat in all competitions, and they beat Cambuur 5-1 last weekend in the Dutch Eredivisie. They are located in the first place in the local tournament with 32 points, three more than Feyenoord, and they are unbeaten on the road with five wins and seven draws, scoring 15 goals and allowing four.
The good news for the Dutch squad is that they will face another team that has also not won in this edition. The Bhoys are in the bottom in the group with two points, scoring six goals and accepting nine.
Ronny Deila’s team drew goalless last weekend against Kilmarnock in the Scottish Premier League, and they have one defeat in their past six games. They are the leaders in the league with 36 points, and they are unbeaten at Celtic Park in eight games and they have allowed four goals.
In the Europa League Bets Celtic v Ajax, the Scottish team has a slight advantage to get the victory in their pitch. They are listed with 2.45 Europa League Odds, while the Dutch squad is with 3.02, and the draw is with 3.54.
These teams have played nine times and Celtic have the lead win four wins and two draws, including the one in the first meeting in this tournament when they finished 2-2 at Amsterdam Arena. Lasse Schone avoided the defeat for the local team with a goal at the 84th minute.
Ajax will be at Glasgow for the second time in two years, but they will be looking for a victory for the first time since 2001 when they beat Celtic 1-0 in the third qualifying round of the Champions League.
The Bhoys are listed at online sportsbook Bodog with 4.05 Odds to win this game by one goal, while the Sons of Gods are with 4.8 to get the three points by the minimum difference, and the score draw is with 4.33. In their four previous visits to Celtic Park, the Dutch side has scored more than one goal only once.
Leigh Griffiths is the favorite to score the first goal in this game, and he is listed with 6.5 Odds. The Scottish striker is followed by Arkadiusz Milik and Nadir Ciftci with 7.0 and Anthony Stokes with 8.0.
If these teams draw again, and Fenerbahce win against Molde, the Turkish side will advance to the next round. Celtic will get the victory in this game at home to keep alive their slim chances to play in the Round of 32 for the first time since they advanced to the quarterfinals in the 2003-04 season in the UEFA Cup.