On Thursday, there is a very interesting offer for betting, as the fourth-round matches of the Europa League and Conference League are on the schedule, and this time we have analyzed the duel that will be played in Amsterdam at the “Johan Cruijff Arena” where Ajax and Brighton will measure their strength. The start of the match between the Dutch and English representatives is scheduled for 18:45.
Ajax: Are better days coming for the Dutch giant?
We have mentioned quite a few times in our analyses that the last season was one of the weakest in the last decade for the team from Amsterdam. They ultimately finished only third in the table, a position that is surely considered a significant failure after the brilliant performances of this team in recent times. This meant that we would not see the Dutch giant in the most prestigious European club competition, which is a big hit to their budget. In the end, Ajax made it to the Europa League after the Dutch representative easily overcame Bulgaria’s Ludogorets in the playoffs.
The primary goal at the start of the season was, of course, to win the Dutch title and to perform as well as possible in European competitions, specifically in the Europa League. However, as time passes, it seems that absolutely no one could have expected the team from Amsterdam to play this poorly this season. Currently, the former champion of the Netherlands is in eleventh place in the table with a staggering 22 points less than the top-placed PSV. The price of poor results was recently paid by coach Maurice Steijn, and he was replaced by John van ‘t Schip, who now faces a dauntingly difficult task. However, it seems that this man has managed to awaken the sleeping Lancers in a very short time. Indeed, in the last two matches of the Dutch championship, Ajax managed to record two consecutive triumphs, first at home against Volendam in a postponed match, and then against Heerenveen in the last round with a score of 4:1, which may be the best indicator that the Dutch giant is slowly but surely coming out of the crisis.
As for the Europa League, although Ajax is currently in the last place in the table with only two points, everything is still open, as at this moment the leader Marseille has only three points more. So far, the former European champion has not won in the Europa League, having drawn twice in three matches, with a defeat by Brighton in the last round with a score of 2:0. We remind you, before that, the club from Amsterdam shared points at home against Marseille in a spectacular match that ended 3:3, and also drew in the visit to AEK, where it was 1:1. Finally, the new coach of Ajax will not be able to count on the injured Gorter for this duel against Brighton, while Dongen, Mansverk, and Rensch are questionable.
Brighton: Lacking European experience for such matches!
From a team that lingered in the lower leagues for years, we’ve come to a point where Brighton is slowly but surely starting to belong to the very cream of English football, all due to the excellent results this team has achieved lately. The popular Seagulls shone last season as well, finishing an excellent sixth place in the table, just five points behind the fifth-placed Liverpool, under the guidance of Roberto De Zerbi, who is doing a great job managing this team. As is well known, that sixth position in the world’s premier league earns a spot in the Europa League, marking Brighton’s historic first participation in Europe’s second-highest club competition, so it’s fair to say that the season was extremely successful.
Speaking of the Europa League, it should be highlighted that the English representative is currently tied for second place in the group with four points, the same as AEK, noting that the Seagulls are just one point behind the group-leading Marseille. In the first round, Brighton was defeated at home in a truly splendid match against Greek AEK, with a score of 2:3, while in the second round, the English representative drew away at Marseille, as that match at the Velodrome ended 2:2. This was followed by their first victory in this year’s edition of the Europa League, at home against Ajax with a score of 2:0, and they will measure forces with the same rival tonight. As for the English Premier League, Roberto De Zerbi’s proteges are currently in seventh place in the table, and after a fantastic start to the season, it can be said that this team is in a mild crisis, as Brighton has not known victory in their last five matches, achieving three draws and two losses in that period.
The negative streak started with that catastrophe at the visit to Aston Villa when it ended 6:1, followed by a draw at home against Liverpool, which is certainly an excellent result. This was followed by a defeat to City in a match where Brighton did not disgrace itself, and then the seventh-placed team tied two draws, first against Fulham at home, and then in the last round visiting Everton at Goodison Park, where it was 1:1. Regarding absences, De Zerbi will not be able to count on Welbeck, March, and Enciso for this very important match in Amsterdam, while Estupinan is a major doubt.
Our Betting Suggestions
As we’ve already mentioned, Ajax is slowly but surely waking up, and we believe that the Dutch giant will manage to avoid defeat in this match against the quite shrewd Brighton. We warmly recommend you try the double chance 1X bet, for which the bookmaker Mozzartbet has prepared fantastic odds of 1.94.
Finally, the Lancers scored four goals against Heerenveen in the last round, signaling their emergence from the crisis. Brighton’s defense may be the weakest part of this team, and it’s very possible that Ajax could score at least two goals at their stadium. Therefore, we suggest the Ajax Over 1.5 Team Goals bet with odds of 2.45 at Mozzartbet.