Back the stalemate in Thursday’s Europa League second-round tie at the Veltins-Arena.
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Schalke aren’t in the best of form heading into this fixture: they’re W1-D1-L3 over their last five, slipping into the bottom half of the Bundesliga as well as losing 2-0 in the first leg of this tie. That means they’re susceptible to the away goal here, and having kept just two clean sheets in their last 14 across all competitions, their prospects of progressing don’t look good.
Ajax, conversely, enter this game on the back of some very good form, winning seven of their last eight to close the gap at the top of the Eredivise to just one point. They have also put themselves in a commanding position heading into the second leg. They’ve scored 16 goals in their last four fixtures, and so will be very confident of an away goal or two to ease their path towards the semi-finals.
Sides that have won the first leg 2-0 at home in the Europa League knockout rounds have only won the second leg in three of the 18 such matches since 2010/11, drawing five of eight since 2014/15. However, only once in these 18 matches did the winners from the first leg fail to progress to the next round, and so despite Schalke winning three of five unbeaten home Europa League matches this season, we expect the Dutch side to progress, especially given their current form. Schalke have finished level in four of their last six at home, and we’re backing another draw at 3.92.
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