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Ajax Amsterdam vs Lyon Preview

 Ajax Amsterdam vs Lyon

Competition – UEFA Europa League

Stadium – Amsterdam ArenA

Date: 3rd May 2017

Kick-off time – 17:45 GMT

Live in-play betting – bet365

Dutch giants Ajax will be looking to add one more European crown to their trophy cabinet, while French side Lyon will be hoping to win this game as they bid to enter next season’s Champions League.

Ajax have had a good season – they have cut the points gap between them and Feyenord to just 4 points in the domestic league table.

In Europe, they knocked out German side Schalke in the last round after knocking out Danish side Kobenhavn from the previous round.

They have won 5 of their last 10 Europa League games, drawing 3 and losing 2.

At home, they have won their last 5 games on the bounce scoring at least 2 goals in 4 of those home games.

Despite struggling in their domestic league, Lyon have had a good European campaign.

They knocked out Italian giants AS Roma and Turkish giants Besiktas over two legs in their round of 16 and quarter final encounters respectively.

They have won 5 of their last 6 games in Europe and they have scored in every one of their matches in the knockout round so far.

Away from home they have won 2 of their last 3 games including a 6-7 penalty win over Besiktas at the last round.

Ultimately this is a very close and intriguing game – Bookmakers side with Ajax in the first leg slightly however the odds between these two teams are very close.

Ajax are currently trading at odds of 2.40 while Lyon are 2.90 to win the first leg.

Results of each team’s last 5 matches across all leagues and competitions

 
Ajax last 5 matches (most recent first):
23/04/17 (a)PSV Eindhoven 1-0 L
20/04/17 (a)FC Schalke 04 3-2 L
16/04/17 (h)sc Heerenveen 5-1 W
13/04/17 (h)FC Schalke 04 2-0 W
08/04/17 (a)N.E.C. 1-5 W
  
Lyon last 5 matches (most recent first):
28/04/17 (a)Angers 1-2 W
23/04/17 (h)Monaco 1-2 L
20/04/17 (a)Besiktas 2-1 L
13/04/17 (h)Besiktas 2-1 W
08/04/17 (h)Lorient 1-4 L

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