Ajax-Celtic Betting Preview: Late goals the value play in Champions League clash

The Hoops enjoyed a 2-1 victory over the Dutch side in Glasgow and our tipster is expecting plenty of second-half action when these two sides go head-to-head again
Celtic breathed life into their Champions League campaign with a rousing 2-1 victory over Ajax in Glasgow last month and Neil Lennon’s men will aim to take a huge stride towards the knockout stages of the competition when they travel to take on Frank De Boer’s men at the Amsterdam ArenA on Wednesday night.

Despite suffering defeat at Celtic Park, the Dutch are chalked up as 4/5 (1.80) favourites with Betway to claim revenge over the Hoops by grabbing a vital victory on home turf.

The Bhoys will again be without suspended captain Scott Brown for the trip to Netherlands and can be backed at a chunky 16/5 (4.20) with Betway to pick up all three points here. The draw is available at 13/5 (3.60) with the same firm.

Neil Lennon’s men have won just one of their last seven away matches in the Champions League and they will face a stiff test against the Eredivisie champions on Wednesday night.

Both sides still harbour hopes of advancing to the Champions League knockout stages and, with so much at stake, nerves are likely to play a part here.

Therefore, the 21/20 (2.05) quote from Betway for fewer than three goals to be scored on Wednesday night represents decent value.

Seven of the nine goals that have featured in Ajax’s three Champions League group games have come in the second half, while five of the six strikes in Celtic’s group stage matches also came after the interval, so the stage seems to be set for late drama on Wednesday.

The 11/10 (2.10) quote from Betway for the second half to be the top-scoring half is worthy of consideration while the 21/20 (2.05) on offer from the same firm for no goal to be scored in the opening 30 minutes is outstanding value and should be backed accordingly.

For those seeking bigger returns from their investments on this game, De Boer’s men look capable of edging a nervy encounter against the poor travelling Scots and those seeking to back bigger prices should snap up the 6/1 (7.0) quote from Betway for Ajax to claim a 1-0 win.

First goal after 30 minutes at 21/20 (2.05) 2pts with Betway
Ajax to win 1-0 at 6/1 (7.0) 1pt with Betway

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Willie Duncan is a freelance sports journalist. Willie, from Edinburgh, has covered Scottish football for over 10 years and he specialises in football betting markets from across Europe. You can also follow Willie on Twitter

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