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Ajax v Rosenborg Betting: Straightforward victory expected for Eredivisie side

18:06 IST 17/08/2017
Marcel Keizer, SC Cambuur, Eredivisie, 20160227
Our tipster thinks that home advantage could prove pivotal for Marcel Keizer's charges in Thursday's Europa League play-off first leg in Amsterdam

After suffering an agonising exit from Champions League qualification earlier this month, both Ajax and Rosenborg will turn their attention to attempting to qualify for the Europa League group stages.

Ajax, of course, reached the final of this competition last season and Marcel Keizer's men will be determined to enjoy another extended run in the Europa League this time around.

The Eredivisie outfit are red hot favourites to progress to the group stages, with dabblebet offering just 2/7 (1.29) that the Dutch side take a first leg lead in this tie.

Rosenborg earned a hard-fought goalless draw against Celtic in Glasgow in their Champions League qualifying tie, but the Norwegian champions crashed out after suffering a 1-0 defeat on home turf. Kare Ingebrigtsen's men paid for their profligacy against Brendan Rodgers' team and Rosenborg will need to be far more clinical when they visit the Dutch capital.

Indeed, the enormity of the task facing the visitors is reflected by dabblebet's 9/1 (10.0) quote for the Norwegians to come out on top in Thursday's tussle, with the same firm offering 4/1 (5.0) that the first leg ends level.

Ajax have endured a stuttering start to the season; as well as crashing out of the Champions League, Keizer's side suffered a bitterly disappointing 1-0 defeat against Heracles in their opening Eredivisie fixture of the season on Saturday afternoon.

Nevertheless, they can draw comfort from their impressive record at Amsterdam ArenA, for they have been beaten just once in their last 43 competitive matches on their own patch; furthermore, Ajax have scored no fewer than 21 goals in their last six competitive games on home soil.

With that in mind, dabblebet's 10/11 (1.91) quote for Ajax to win a match that features more than two goals certainly carries appeal, while the same firm offer 3/4 (1.75) that Keizer's side win by more than a single goal margin in the Dutch capital.

Former Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner will likely lead the line for Rosenborg and the Norwegian champions will fancy their chances of scoring here, for they have found the net in nine of their last 11 matches - drawing a blank in both legs of that Champions League clash against Celtic; dabblebet go 5/4 (2.25) that there are goals at both ends in this game.

Defensive discipline was at the heart of Ajax's impressive run to the final of this competition last term, keeping four clean sheets in their last five Europa League home ties.

Another solid showing could see Keizer's men take a significant step towards the Europa League group stages and dabblebet's 4/5 (1.80) quote for Ajax to win without conceding may well offer a path to profit ahead of Thursday's tussle.

Ajax to win to nil at 4/5 (1.80) for a 2pt stake with dabblebet