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APOEL vs Ajax Betting Tips: Latest odds, team news, preview and predictions

09:00 IST 20/08/2019
Donny van de Beek Ajax
With ten Hag's men looking excellent in attack but fragile at the back, Al Hain-Cole expects goals at both ends when they take on Thrylos in Cyprus

Last season’s Champions League semi-finalists will be aiming to put one foot in the group stages when they travel to Nicosia to take on APOEL on Tuesday.

Erik ten Hag’s men came within minutes of reaching the final last season, but have still had to begin this year’s campaign in the third round of qualifiers.

Latest odds

Having narrowly seen off PAOK in that round, they are priced at 4/9 (1.44) with bet365 to move on step closer to qualification with a big away win at the GSP Stadium.

Thrylos have only reached the group stages four times in their history, but can be backed at 6/1 (7.00) to give themselves a good chance of making it five by pulling off a shock victory.

The sides shared a 1-1 draw when they met here in 2014’s Champions League group stage clash, and you can get odds of 10/3 (4.33) on them cancelling each other out once again in this one.

Team news

Vujadin Savic and Praxitelis Vouros have been removed from APOEL's European squad due to injuries, replaced by Georgios Efrem and Joaozinho.

Quincy Promes has not travelled after suffering an ankle injury in Saturday’s 4-1 win at VVV. Hakim Ziyech is fit despite also coming off injured in that game and Noussair Mazraoui should also recover from the knee injury that saw him miss out completely.

Preview

Although they were the neutrals’ favourites due to their attacking style of play, Ajax's inability to defend a 3-0 aggregate lead for the final 45 minutes of their semi-final against Tottenham ultimately cost them a place in last season’s showpiece.

The Dutch champions’ soft underbelly seems to have become more pronounced since selling captain Matthijs de Ligt in the summer, conceding four goals against PAOK and keeping just one clean sheet in five games coming into this clash.

Predictions

On target in all four of their matches so far this season, odds of 4/5 (1.80) seem generous on APOEL ensuring goals at both ends for Ajax’s fifth game in six.

All odds correct at time of publish. Please gamble responsibly.

Both teams to score for a 2pt stake at 4/5 (1.80) with bet365