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Ajax v Lyon Betting: Defensive discipline to be key again for hosts

10:00 BST 02/05/2017
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The Eredivisie side have a superb record on home turf and our tipster feels that could give Peter Bosz's men the edge ahead of Wednesday's clash

Ajax Amsterdam will be hoping to make home advantage count when they play host to Lyon in the first leg of their Europa League semi-final showdown with the Ligue 1 outfit.

Peter Bosz's charges have a remarkable record on home soil, for Ajax have avoided defeat in their last 21 matches at Amsterdam ArenA in all competitions, winning each of their last 10 matches at the venue.

Furthermore, the Eredivisie team are unbeaten in 12 Europa League matches in Amsterdam, winning each of their last six games in the competition on home soil.

Bosz's charges, therefore, appear to be decent value at 13/10 (2.30) with bet365 to take a first leg lead in this tie, with 12/5 (3.40) that the match remains deadlocked ahead of next week's return leg in Lyon.

Bruno Genesio's men are second favourites behind Manchester United to take the trophy later this month and Lyon can be backed at 2/1 (3.0) to take significant strides towards a place in the showpiece final in Sweden with a win in the Dutch capital.

Defensive discipline has been at the heart of Ajax's progress in this competition thus far, particularly on their own patch, where the Eredivisie side have kept a clean sheet in each of their last four Europa League ties.

There is 11/4 (3.75) that Bosz's men make it five successive shutouts in the competition by keeping Lyon at bay, with 15/4 (5.75) that the hosts win Wednesday's first leg encounter without conceding an away goal - a selection that would have landed in at the end of 90 minutes in 10 of Ajax’s last 11 home wins in this competition.

Backing fewer than three goals to be scored at 6/5 (2.20) could prove rewarding, for the selection would have seen punters profit from all but one of Ajax's last eight Europa League home matches.

Lyon were beaten in both of their last two away matches in this competition, requiring a nerve-shredding penalty shoot-out to see off Besiktas in the previous round. Still, Genesio’s men will have happy memories of travelling to Netherlands, having recorded a thumping 4-1 win against AZ in the away leg of their Europa League last 32 tie back in February.

Ajax's outstanding home record, though, is tough to ignore and Bosz's side could be a solid selection at 13/10 (2.30) to establish a first leg lead in the tie with a win on Wednesday night.

Ajax to win at 13/10 (2.30) for a 2pt stake with bet365