All eyes will be on Solna in Sweden this Wednesday for the Europa League final. Two giants of European football collide and it could be a real classic. Ajax vs Man Utd kicks off at 19.45, and you can catch all the action live on BT Sports. If you are having a bet, check out our preview and exclusive prediction below. Before you put your money down, you should check the best available free bets and promotions.
Ajax vs Man Utd Head To Head
These teams have met twice in the past, winning one match each.
Peter Bosz has done a fine job since taking over at Ajax, and he has led them back to big stage. This is a club with a rich history, winning the Champions League under Louis Van Gaal for the fourth time back in 1995. They finished 2nd in the Eredivisie with 81 points, just a solitary point behind the Champions Feyenoord.
Onana will start in goal for Ajax and he has had a decent season for them. Sinkgraven and Viergever are both injured so it will likely be Tete and Riedewald on the flanks of the back four. Sanchez and De Ligt will start at centre back, and Bosz needs big performances from those two if Ajax are to triumph.
This Ajax side is full of goals and they fired five past Lyon in the semi final. Dolberg is their chief threat up top and he has bagged a total of 24 goals this season, 6 of those coming in the Europa League. Younes and Traore are real livewires out wide and they have the pace and skill to cause Utd problems. Klaasen has broken forward to good effect from midfield and he has scored 16 goals this season.
Jose Mourinho has put all his eggs in the one basket and he needs to win this match to secure Champions League football next season. Man Utd have been disappointing domestically, finishing 6th in the BPL with just 66 points. They have failed to win for four matches and they were very lucky to beat Celta Viga 2-1 in the semi final.
David De Gea looks to be on his way out of Old Trafford and Romero will start in Solna. Valencia has had a fine season at right back, while Darmian looks the most likely starter on the left. Bailly is suspended, so it will likely be Smalling and Blind at centre back. Utd have looked shaky at times this season, and without Bailly they could struggle to contain a lively Ajax attack.
Ibrahimovic is Man Utd’s top scorer this season with 22 goals but he is out injured. Marcus Rashford has benefitted from his absence and he will start up top, his best position. Pogba Fellaini and Herrera will start in the engine room and they need to control the tempo. It will probably be Lingard and Mkhitaryan out wide, with Martial and Mata likely to start on the bench,
Ajax vs Man Utd Injuries And Suspensions
Injuries/Suspensions Ajax: Sinkgraven, Viergever (sus).
Injuries Suspensions Man Utd: Bailly (sus), Ibrahimovic, Rojo, Mensah, Shaw, Young.
Ajax vs Man Utd Line Ups
Ajax: Onana—Tete Sanchez De Ligt Riedewald—Ziyech Schone Klaassen—Younes Dolberg Traore.
Man Utd: Romero—Valencia Blind Smalling Darmian—Fellaini Pogba Herrera—Lingard Mkhitaryan Martial.
Ajax vs Man Utd Odds and Prediction
Ajax: 10/3 BetVictor. Draw: 13/5 Paddy Power. Man Utd 20/21 Boylesports.
The bookies have priced Ajax up as rank outsiders for this final, and on paper Utd are a stronger team. However, football is never that simple and if Ajax perform like they did in the first leg of their semi final vs Lyon they could be dangerous. Utd have looked laboured in recent weeks, and without Bailly and Zlatan they could be vulnerable.
We think this could turn out to be an exciting contest, and there should be plenty of goalmouth action. Neither team defends particularly well, and Utd have been wasteful in front of goal all season. We think Ajax could spring a surprise here, and they are the value bet on Wednesday night. Our exclusive prediction for Ajax vs Man Utd is the Ajax win and both teams to score at odds of 8/1 with Bet365, who offer a whopping £200 sign up bonus to new customers.
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