Celtic will be hoping to get off to a winning start when they visit Eredivisie leaders Ajax in Thursday's Europa League encounter at the Amsterdam ArenA. Find below our AJAX v CELTIC betting preview with predictions, free tips, match odds, lineups, betting bonuses and no deposit free bets!
AJAX v CELTIC BETTING PREVIEW
Ajax failed to qualify for the group stage of the Champions League after Rapid Vienna proved too strong in their qualifying matches. Anyway, they have enjoyed a strong start to their season in Eredivisie as they have dropped just two points in their opening five matches, which came in their last outing against FC Twente. They have only conceded 2 goals and scored 14 in the process.
Ajax's best striker Anwar El Ghazi is not 100 per cent match fit. Mitchell Dijks missed Saturday's game against Twente but is now fit. Viktor Fischer, Yaya Sanogo and Ricardo van Rhijn could all start the match after their impressive subsitute appearance last time out.
Celtic also exited the Champions in disappointing circumstances as they lost to Malmo in a 4-3 aggregate defeat. The Bhoys will be looking to forget about their loss against 10-man Aberdeen at the weekend. Second place in the Scottish Premier League is an unusual position and manager Ronny Delia is already under pressure.
The sale of defender Virgil van Dijk to Southampton has gravely weakened the defense. Anyway, Tyler Blackett is expected to continue at centre-back alongside Boyata after making his debut last weekend. Leigh Griffiths is set to lead the line for Deila’s Bhoys once more while Kris Commons will also hope to start having missed out on Saturday,
Celtic are winless in their last five Europa League matches and have not won any of their 10 away matches in the competition, losing four and drawing six.
AJAX v CELTIC PROBABLE LINEUPS
AJAX (4-2-3-1): Cillessen; Tete, Viergever, Veltman, Van Rhijn; Bazoer, Klaassen; Gudelj, Sinkgraven, Fischer; Milik
CELTIC (4-5-1): Gordon; Lustig, Boyata, Blackett Mulgrew; Biton, Brown; Mackay-Steven, Johansen, Forrest; Griffiths
AJAX v CELTIC ODDS
|AJAX||1.83 with||Bet £10, win £18.30|
|THE DRAW||3.75 with||Bet £10, win £37.50|
|CELTIC|| 5.00 with||Bet £10, win £50.00|
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