Kick Off: 1945, 02/08/2017
Stadium: Amsterdam ArenA
Ajax got nothing more than they deserved when drawing 1-1 at Nice last week and now look well placed to finish off this Champions League qualifier in their home leg.
Last season’s Europa League runners-up have once again been forced to cash in during the transfer window but seem to have an endless supply of young talent ready to plug the gaps.
The Dutch outfit are sure to feature in many midweek accas at 3/4 and get the nod in our Ajax vs Nice betting predictions.
A Look At Ajax’s Betting Odds
Davy Klaassen, Jairo Riedewald and Kenny Tete have moved on over the summer and Ajax did look a little out of sorts early on in Nice, going behind to a well-worked Mario Balotelli goal.
However, they steadily got back into that match and claimed a deserved equaliser when Donny van de Beek pounced on a poor punch by Yoann Cardinale.
The result could have been even better for Ajax but for Davinson Sanchez’s late header coming crashing back off the bar.
Marcel Keizer’s side are unbeaten in 13 European home matches, winning eight, and 33/20 they prevail in a game with over 2.5 goals is worth a place in our Ajax vs Nice betting tips.
A Look At Nice’s Betting Odds
French clubs are notoriously poor travellers and Nice have won just one previous European away game, compared to 17 defeats and four draws.
Cardinale looked the definition of a dodgy keeper in the first encounter with Ajax and he should be put under sustained pressure in Amsterdam.
Third place in Ligue 1 behind Monaco and PSG was an excellent effort last season but just eight road wins was the reason why they couldn’t challenge the top two.
Balotelli will again be a threat going forward but 25/2 for a 3-1 home win takes the eye from the Ajax vs Nice odds.
NICE 1-1 AJAX – Mario Balotelli & Donny van de Beek
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