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[ UEFA Europa League ] AFC Ajax VS Lyon 3.5 [Copy Link]

Ajax: Dreams of European Glory ( Recent Form: W W W L L )
The country title will most likely go to Ajax again this year, but unlike the previous two seasons, the chagrin is not too big. This is obviously because of the good performance of Ajax in Europe. Not in the CL, the stage where the red-whites often had to try on the past few years, but where they were always short. The successes are celebrated in the EL, where the Dutch can measure themselves well with any opponent. In the previous round, German Schalke 04 was the opponent. In advance they were the favorite. Here there was little to see in the heenduel - Ajax was master and master and scored 2-0 for Schalke. In the return it threatened to go wrong when a 2-0 position had to be extended. However, Ajax came up with 10 men, handsome, and somewhat lucky, back to 3-2. Of the three potential opponents, Lyon is probably the most difficult, as was the general judgment after the draw in Switzerland. However, the Amsterdammers have little to lose in their first semifinal since 1997. Something to put hope out; Ajax has never lost in four matches against Lyon, and the team has been unleashed the last six home games against French teams. The suspensions of Nick Viergever and Joel Veltman are potential pains.

Lyon: Chance at first European prize ( Recent Form: L W L L W )
Olympique Lyon is in the club history for the first time in a semi-final of a European tournament. And the French have deserved this. As one of the CL influxes, after the winter break they made some strong matches in the EL. First of all, the team was far too strong for AZ Alkmaar (4-1, 7-1) and in the next round one of the favorites for the final win, AS Roma, was thrown out of the tournament. In the quarterfinals there was the widely discussed confrontation with Besiktas. The return of Lyon was stronger than the downhill contest. Nevertheless, penalty shovels were needed to reach this semi-finals. In the Ligue 1 Lyon has been in a kind of no-man's country for weeks. The coach of Bruno Genesio's team knows that the CL places can not be achieved. He therefore regularly chooses to restrain his important players. However, this has not prevented Corentin Tolisso and Alexandre Lacazette from being doubtful about employability on Wednesday in Amsterdam. Genesio has chosen to bring them to the Netherlands. Probably the decision about their games will not be on Wednesday itself.

After all, Lacazette's breakthrough would be a lot of concern for Ajax, even though he is not the only dangerous player on the side of the French, and the Amsterdamers themselves, by suspensions, also miss players. Ajax is light favorite for the go-ahead, while Lyon is the favorite to reach the final. Without setup I would not do anything yet, although I tend to bet Lyon to qualify.

AFC Ajax  VS  Lyon

Pick: AFC Ajax 0.25 @ 1.54.

UEFA EL    23:45    FT    AFC Ajax    4 - 1    Lyon
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