Competition: Europa League
Market: Both teams to score
Odds: 4/6 @ 888sport
Two sides who turn their attention back to Europa League duties on Thursday night, Ajax and Roma will face off at The Johan Cruijff Arena.
Starting with the hosts, while they might have fallen behind against Heerenveen over the weekend, Ajax once again completed the turnaround and the mood in their camp should be at a high. Eventually snatching a late 2-1 victory on their travels, the Dutch giants find themselves holding an 11-point buffer at the top of the Eredivisie and with a silverware sweep at the top of their agenda. Entering March’s international break with what quickly turned into a thumping 5-0 romp against ADO Den Haag, it is no surprise that Ajax have once again gained a reputation for their clinical displays in the final third. Along with being unbeaten across any format since the start of December, it could be worth keeping an eye out for talisman Dusan Tadic in midweek. Refinding his goalscoring touch against Heerenveen last time out, the one-time Southampton play-maker has also scored three goals in his last four Europa League outings.
As for the visitors, while an eye-catching start to the 2020/21 campaign might have shocked many across Italy, Roma have shown some inconsistencies since opening the New Year. Despite cruising their way to the quarter-finals of this season’s Europa League with a 5-1 aggregate romp against Shakhtar Donetsk last month, I Giallorossi were last seen returning from the international break with a 2-2 draw against Sassuolo on their travels. Shipping an 85th-minute equalizer and now freefalling down the Serie A table, Paulo Fonseca’s side are in an uphill battle to secure another European finish this year. With just a single win in their last four matchups across all formats, including a shock defeat at the hands of Parma last month, it should also be noted that three of Roma’s last four contests on the road have finished with both teams finding the net.
Bet: Both teams to score at Ajax vs Roma 4/6 for Thursday’s Europa League matchup @ 888sport
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