Despite clearly being one of the best teams in Europe Ajax have to go through the Champions League qualifiers this week, taking on APOEL Nicosia of Cyprus. It’s a tie they should win and the Dutch league has been of help once again by postponing their weekend game. They will therefore have no distractions over the two legs and can be fully focused on making it through to the group stages.
Ajax have lost Matthijs de Ligt which may become a problem in the bigger games at some point but their attack is still so good that it isn’t a worry at present. In their 6 games so far they’ve scored 18 goals already and Nicosia probably aren’t equipped to stop that run.
Donny van de Beek is the man we’re backing today. We’ve backed him before and you may recall he scored a crucial goal against Juventus in the 2nd leg of their Champions League game last season (after hitting the post in the 1st leg).
Ajax’s array of attacking talent often sees van de Beek find himself unmarked in dangerous areas having eased forward from the middle of the park. When he gets his chance he usually puts it away. He’s already notched a couple of goals in the three league games that Ajax have played so we’re not unhappy with the 5/2 available on him to get one today.
Event: APOEL Nicosia v Ajax
Betting Market: 1st Goalscorer
Selection(s): Donny van de Beek
Bookie: 888 Sport
Published on: Aug 20, 2019 @ 06:00