TIP OF THE DAY: Bodo – Ajax: Former European champions facing a tough test!

On Thursday, there is a great betting offer as we await the return leg matches of the Europa League and Conference League round of 32, and this time we have prepared for you a duel between Bodo and Ajax. The first encounter between these two teams ended with a score of 2:2, noting that the Amsterdam team scored both goals in the final stages of the match, and it seems that we can expect a very interesting game this time as well. The start of the duel is scheduled for 18:45.

Bodo: The current Norwegian champion seeks passage to the next phase of the Conference League!

Bodo was founded 108 years ago, and it can be said that the golden period of this club began in 2020 when the team won its first championship title. Immediately after that, in the following season, Bodo secured another championship title, and the team last won the championship title last season in a very convincing manner. In addition, Bodo has finished the season in second place five times and has won the Norwegian Cup twice, although the last time was way back in 1993.

As we have already mentioned, under the guidance of Kjetil Knutsen, last season they easily secured their third Norwegian championship title, finishing the season with a nine-point lead over second-placed Brann, which really means that the championship title was never in doubt at any moment. The only blemish was a defeat in the Cup final against Molde, a match between the two teams that have dominated Norwegian football in recent years, ending with a score of 1:0.

At the beginning of this season, Bodo had to settle for a place in the Conference League, after finishing second in the table, six points behind the first-placed Club Brugge, but with a six-point lead over Besiktas, who were predicted to fight for one of the top two spots before the start. In the six matches played, Kjetil Knutsen’s team achieved three victories, one draw, and two losses, noting that the Norwegian representative defeated the formidable Besiktas team twice, and Bodo also triumphed at their home stadium against Lugano with a more than convincing 5:2.

Finally, in the first match of the round of 32 of the third-tier European club competition, this team made an exceptionally good impression in the away game against the favored Ajax, ending with a score of 2:2. It’s noteworthy that the current Norwegian champion led 2:0 until the first minute of injury time, but then Bjortuf was sent off, Ajax was awarded a penalty and reduced the score to 1:2, and in the seventh minute of injury time, Berghuis set the final score of 2:2.

Ajax: Can the Amsterdam team eliminate the challenging Bodo?

Ajax’s performance last season was, to put it mildly, not celebrated, undoubtedly being one of the weakest in the last decade for the Amsterdam team. The popular Amsterdam team finished third in the league and even failed to secure a spot in the Champions League qualifiers, a feat that hadn’t been questioned in several previous years. It’s worth reminding that this team had reached the semi-finals of Europe’s most prestigious club competition not so long ago.

Ajax eventually made it to the Europa League, having easily surpassed Bulgarian side Ludogorets in the playoffs. The primary goal at the start of this season was undoubtedly to win the Dutch championship, but it’s now clear that this will unfortunately not be achieved. At the moment, the most trophy-laden Dutch club is in fifth place in the league, an incredible 26 points behind the leaders PSV. Recently, Ajax has faced a lot of problems, best exemplified in the last round when they only managed a draw at home against the challenging NEC, ending 2:2, with the guests equalizing in the fourth minute of injury time. Unfortunately, this was the third consecutive league match in which Ajax failed to win, following a home draw against PSV (1:1) and then a defeat at Heerenveen (3:2).

As is well known, the Dutch representative failed to advance to the knockout phase of the Europa League, finishing third in a group with Brighton, Marseille, and AEK, just a point ahead of the Greek team. Ajax managed to beat AEK 3:1 in Amsterdam in a crucial match, which was enough to continue in the Conference League, where Ajax is certainly one of the main contenders for the title in the third-tier European club competition, at least based on the names of the participating clubs.

Finally, an interesting fact is that the last time Ajax managed not to concede a goal in any competition was back in late November of last year, when they beat Vitesse 2:0 at home in the Dutch league.

Our Betting Suggestions

We believe that this time too, we can expect a duel with many goals, as it really involves two teams that foster an attacking style of football. We think this won’t change tonight, even though the stake is a place in the round of 16 of the Conference League, so we advise you to try betting on over 3.5 goals, for which Mozzartbet has prepared odds of 1.82.

Moreover, it’s likely that both teams will score at least one goal each, so we suggest you try betting on both teams to score (GG) with odds of 1.35 at Mozzartbet.

Finally, this season has already been quite poor for Ajax, and certainly, the former European champion will give their all to eliminate the challenging Bodo. We believe they will succeed, so we boldly recommend you to bet on an away win (fr 2), which Mozzartbet offers at odds of 2.75.

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