Schalke vs Ajax – Europa League
Thursday 20th April 20:05, VELTINS-Arena
Match Preview and Betting Tips
Ajax head into their 2nd leg against Schalke with a 2-0 lead, but an early goal from our German hosts would see the Dutch side face an interesting dilemma, push for an away goal or protect the advantage you already have.
From a neutral point of view a Schalke goal would make this tie even more interesting, but the form of the hosts suggests that Ajax are the strong favourites.
Schalke have lost four of their last six, but the majority of those games were on the road and their last home game produced a 4-1 win over Wolfsburg.
Ajax are unbeaten during that six game period, drawing once and winning all of their last five, including two 5-1 victories and one 4-1.
This leg should be a lot closer and we may even have a draw on our hands if Ajax do attempt to play if safe and allow Schalke to have the ball.
With that in mind I’m backing under 2.5 goals to be scored and the 2nd leg to end in a draw which would see Ajax qualify for the next round. Tete has been booked three times and sent-off once already in the Europa League, so I have put money on the Ajax defender being the first player to go into the referee’s book.
Schalke | LDLWLL
Ajax | DWWWWW
Schalke vs Ajax Stats
Last weeks meeting at the Amsterdam ArenA was the first between these two clubs, and it didn’t disappoint.
A 23rd minute penalty put Ajax into a 1-0 lead at the break, Klaassen stayed calm and collected to slot passed Fährmann in the Schalke goal.
The match was played in reasonably good spirits with just 4 bookings in the game, and three of those arrived in the final 3 minutes of the 90.
Schalke created some chances but in truth the hosts were pretty dominant and shortly after the restart for the second half Klaassen scored his, and his sides, second of the game.
That was it for the scoring but Ajax could and possibly should have scored more goal in this game, and it will be interesting to see if that comes back to haunt them on Thursday.
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