Ajax vs Rapid Vienna by Joshboy

Ajax
VS
Rapid-Vienna
This match will be played in the Europa league qualifiers. It will be played at ajax's Amsterdam arena.

 

Ajax's come into the match off of last weeks 1st leg against rapid. They drew this match 2-2. They were 2-0 up at half time but then seem to fall asleep in the 2nd half and let rapid back into this tie. Rapid finished the game with 10 men and they actually scored the equaliser while having 10 men on the pitch. I'm sure manager Ronald de boer will not be happy with his team's lack of concentration in the 2nd half. Before this game Ajax had 5 pre season friendlies. They weren't the best performances and won only 1 of those 5. They lost 2 and drew 2. I will be expecting a better performance in this game from Ajax back on home turf and as the fitness levels pick up.

 

Rapid obviously also had the 1st leg last week as well so I won't go into that again. They did though play a competitive match on the weekend when they travelled to Salzburg for the second round of games in the Austrian Bundesliga. In this match they won 2-1. They have started their domestic season well with 2 wins from 2. In the first match of the season they beat Ried 3-0 at home.

 

I have seen a lot of people tipping Ajax for the win but I will go for something with a bit more value. Rapid have done one thing very well this season so far and that's score goals. Ajax will look to keep it tight at the back but I think rapid could get a goal here. The problem for rapid is as they try to get the goals they need to succeed in this tie they will expose themselves at the back. This could leave the game open. Ajax will want to win on home turf and give their fans something to cheer about but nobody can deny the offensive strength rapid have. Although Ajax don't need to win this I think they will. Rapid have had more competitive games so should be fitter but I think you can take away that advantage as they had a tough game last week in which they played the last half hour with 10 men then had a tough game on the weekend against a strong Salzburg team so with their 3rd important tough match in a week and having to play away from home I see Ajax taking this in a game that should have goals.

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Pick Bookmaker Odds Stake Result
Ajax and over 2.5 Bet365 2.75 4 2-3 LOST (-4 units)
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