This week’s Europa League clashes will mark the round 4 of matches. A potentially deciding game takes place in the Group A, where Ajax and Fenerbahce will face off in what should be an entertainment filled battle.
Ajax is yet to record a win in the Europa League so far, as they are sitting on the 3rd position of the group with 2 points, yet they will still look to maintain their 100% record against Turkish teams on home turf. Fenerbahce on the other hand is sitting on the 2nd spot in Group A with 4 points. All factors indicate for a close and exciting match that will shape how this difficult group will develop ahead.
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Ajax is the current leader of the Dutch Eredivisie 1, sitting well ahead of competitors Feyenoord and PSV. Manager Frank de Boer is pursuing European success for this Dutch club with a rich history, in order to retain some of their former glory as a top European club.
Things are not looking up, as Ajax has not won a game in their last four European matches. They drew against Jablonec (0:0) in the qualifiers, Celtic (2:2) and Molde (1:1), and lost to Fenerbahce (1:0). The club’s next match against Fenerbahce will be crucial in determining their progression chances to the next round of matches. If Ajax loses, they will be at least 5 points behind Molde and Fenerbahce.
Fortunately, the team is full of confidence and history speaks in their benefit. As mentioned before, Ajax has a 100% winning record against Turkish teams when playing from home, and they are 1 win ahead (2W 0D 1L) in their head2head vs Fenerbahce. Moreover, Ajax is coming off a remarkable 6:0 win vs Roda in their last league match.
The team’s spirits are at an all time high, motivation is a key factor, and they have plenty of it. They are coming in as narrow favorites in the next match, and with a good reason too.
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Fenerbahce has been one of Turkey’s proudest clubs throughout history, although they are still to be proven under the big lights in European football. They are currently sitting on the 3rd place in the Turkish Super Lig, tied with Galatasaray and two points behind Besiktas. The race is close, but they also have the Europa League to keep in mind.
Norwegian giants Molde have been absolutely crushing in the Group A, sitting well ahead of Fenerbahce by 3 points, thanks to their away win (1:3) vs this team. Fenerbahce will look to qualify by coming out ahead versus Ajax, which is why their next match against the Dutch league leaders is of crucial value.
They managed to defeat Ajax (1:0) in Turkey in the last match day, and they will be pursuing to emulate that success or at least secure a draw in order to keep their chances of qualifying healthy. It will not be an easy task, but Fenerbahce is an all-around consistent team that is capable of competing at a high level.
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This is one of the closest and most important matches of the season so far. A win either way will either push Ajax slightly ahead or virtually throw them out of the competition. The head2head is slightly in favor of Ajax, but when these two strong teams meet on Thursday, they will give it their all in order to come out ahead.
Ajax is a proud presenter of attractive Dutch football, they will be looking to attack from the first blow of the whistle. The home crowd will play a big role here. However, Fenerbahce has a number of threats they will need to keep in check, therefore it is hard for us to pick a winner here, and our main prediction is both teams to score at odds orbiting around the 1.80 or 4/5 mark.
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