Copenhagen's last 16 clash with Ajax Amsterdam has plenty of potential to be a captivating contest.
Ajax were beaten by Russian side Rostov in a Champions League qualifier back in August, while Copenhagen came third in Group G behind Porto and Leicester City; having failed to progress in that competition, these teams will instead go head-to-head for a place in the quarter-finals of the Europa League.
Copenhagen kept six successive home clean sheets in the Champions League this term and Stale Solbakken's side will be hoping to make home advantage count when they line up against the Eredivisie outfit.
Betway offer 8/5 (2.60) that Copenhagen seize the initiative in the tie by winning this match, while the same firm offer 21/10 (3.10) that the match remains all square at the end of 90 minutes - a selection that would have seen punters profit from each of the Danes' last three home matches in European competition; indeed, each of those ties ended goalless and Betway go 13/2 (7.50) that there is no scoring when Peter Bosz's men are the visitors.
Ajax boast an impressive record in this competition; they have lost just one of their last 17 Europa League matches, winning five of their last eight - although each of their last three away games in the competition has ended level; Betway go 19/10 (2.90) that Ajax further extend their fine form in the competition by picking up a vital victory from this first leg clash.
Given the impressive defensive discipline that Solbakken's side have shown in Europe, it is little surprise that the odds compilers offer just 4/7 (1.57) that fewer than three goals are scored when these teams meet, while the same firm go 17/10 (2.70) that Copenhagen chalk up yet another clean sheet.
Ajax, though, will travel to Denmark in confident mood; Bosz's charges are unbeaten in their last 11 fixtures, conceding just one goal in their last seven victories in all competitions. That impressive record could stand them in good stead for this match and Betway go 2/1 (3.0) that Bosz's men keep a clean sheet in Copenhagen.
The Danes have failed to find the net in each of their last three European ties on home turf, while Copenhagen have come out on top in just one of their last five home ties in this competition.
Ajax have kept a clean sheet in all but one of their last seven victories and Betway's 100/30 (4.33) quote for that trend to continue could offer decent value to punters ahead of Thursday's tie.
|Ajax to win to nil at 100/30 (4.33) for a 1pt stake with Betway|