Competition: Europa League
Market: Both teams to score
Odds: 3/5 @ 1xBet
Knowing that they can officially punch their Europa League knockout stage ticket on Thursday night, Marseille will welcome Ajax to the Stade Velodrome.
Starting with the hosts, while Marseille might find themselves sat firmly in pole position to punch their Europa League knockout stage ticket on Thursday night, the French outfit have continued to show a string of worrying inconsistencies this season. Marking their return from November’s international break over the weekend as they had to settle for a 1-1 stalemate away at Strasbourg, Gennaro Gattuso has seen his squad muster just a pair of wins from any of their previous six appearances across all competitions – a run that’s team back to October 8th. However, putting in a season-best performance last month as they secured a 3-1 romp against Greek giants AEK, Marseille will take some solace from their extended success on home soil. Aside from a 2-1 defeat at the hands of a high-flying Bayer Leverkusen on August 2nd, Thursday’s hosts are unbeaten in each of their other eight showdowns at the Stade Velodrome.
As for the visitors, while Ajax might have found themselves in the midst of an infamous nightmare this season, it appears that the Dutch icons have turned a welcomed corner. Marking their return from November’s international break with a thumping performance as they breezed their way to a stellar 5-0 romp against Vitesse, John van’t Schip’s side have lost just one of their previous five appearances across all formats. However, only collecting a pair of points from their four Group B contests this year and needing a minor miracle if they are to punch a knockout stage ticket, Ajax have also gained a reputation for their rather glaring struggles outside of Amsterdam. In fact, the midweek guests have failed to collect a single away victory since way back on August 24th. With Thursday’s opponents playing out a stunning 3-3 stalemate when they met for their reverse Europa League showdown on September 21st, we could be treated to another thrilling affair here.
Bet: Both teams to score at Marseille vs Ajax 3/5 for Thursday’s Europa League showdown @ 1xBet
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