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Rosenborg v Ajax Amsterdam Betting: Slow start on the cards as hosts aim to preserve lead

7:00 pm AEST 23/8/17
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Our tipster expects a tight first half in Trondheim with a place in the Europa League group stages the prize on offer for the winner of this tie

Rosenborg hold a narrow 1-0 lead going into the second leg of their Europa League play-off tie against Ajax Amsterdam.

Kare Ingebrigtsen's men produced a solid performance in the first leg in Dutch capital last week and, as such, the Norwegian champions will feel confident that they can complete the job on home soil.

Rosenborg suffered a 1-0 defeat in Trondheim as they crashed out of Champions League qualification to Scottish champions, Celtic, but Ingebrigtsen's charges look to be well-placed to ensure an extended run in European competition by progressing to the Europa League group stages.

Rosenborg can be backed at 5/2 (3.50) with Genting to double their delight against their Dutch opponents by claiming victory in the second leg of this tie. A draw, of course, would be enough to see the Norwegians through and there is 13/5 (3.60) that Thursday's tussle ends all square.

Ajax were a breath of fresh air in this competition last season and won widespread praise from many neutral observers throughout their run to the final but Marcel Keizer's men are facing the prospect of an embarrassing exit, having failed to fire at Amsterdam ArenA last week.

The Dutch runners-up have made a bitterly disappointing start to the season, but Keizer will hope that a 3-1 win against Gronigen on Sunday will act as a catalyst for his team as they seek to kickstart their campaign. There is 19/20 (1.95) that Ajax turn the tie around with victory in Norway.

Given their predicament, Ajax must take an aggressive approach into this game with 7/4 (2.75) that Keizer's team win a match that features more than two goals and 4/6 (1.67) that the Eredivisie outfit invigorate their chances of progression by scoring the opening goal of the game.

Ajax, though, have shown their vulnerability in defence, failing to keep a clean sheet in any of their five competitive fixtures so far this season and Rosenborg, buoyed by their first leg victory, will be confident that they can exploit that weakness. Genting go 5/4 (2.25) that the hosts score first, while the 8/5 (2.60) quote for more than three goals to be scored in the match could prove to be popular with punters.

Rosenborg are resolute and Ajax may need to be patient if they are to claw their way back into this tie. The 5/4 (2.25) quote, therefore, for the tie to be level at half-time may present punters with a path to profit - the selection would have landed in each of Rosenborg's previous five European ties thus far this term.

Draw at half time at 5/4 (2.25) for a 1pt stake with Genting