Ajax to edge through


Ajax have looked vulnerable at the back this season but they should have too much firepower for APOEL Nicosia in the Champions League.

Ajax v APOEL Nicosia – Ajax to win BTTS @ 29/20

The Dutch giants were held to a goalless draw by APOEL in the first leg of their Champions League play-off clash last week.

That was just their third clean sheet in seven competitive outings this season and the departure of Matthijs De Ligt over the summer appears to be causing issues.

Erik ten Haag has put new signing Lisandro Martinez alongside Joel Veltman in the heart of his defence and it looks like they need more time to strike up a solid relationship.

However, Ajax still look potent in the final third, having scored 18 goals in those seven matches, and that firepower should see them earn a place in the group stage when APOEL head to Amsterdam.

History favours Ajax with de Godenzonen earning a 4-0 victory last time they hosted APOEL in 2014.

FC Krasnodar v Olympiakos – over 2.5 goals @ 20/23

Olympiakos head to Russia in a strong position after easing to a 4-0 victory on home soil in the first leg.

It’s unlikely they will throw away that advantage and an early away goal would certainly put the tie to bed on Wednesday.

Krasnodar have never reached the group stage of the Champions League and another campaign in the Europa League beckons.

But expect the Russian side to come out fighting in front of their own fans and that could lead to an open game with lots of goals.

Red Star Belgrade v Young Boys – draw @ 5/2

These two couldn’t be separated in the first leg last week when they played out an exciting 2-2 draw in Switzerland.

That was Young Boys‘ first appearance in Europe this season and leaves them in a tight spot after conceding two away goals.

Red Star have already profited from the away goals rule in the competition this season and will feel confident of using it to their advantage again on Tuesday.

The Serbian outfit saw off Copenhagen in the previous round and this could prove to be a tight affair as they look to avoid conceding.

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