Schalke vs Ajax Predictions, Betting Tips and Match Previews

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Tip Reasoning

Schalke’s season went from bad to worse last week as they were comfortably beaten 2-0 away to Ajax in the first leg of this quarter final tie, with Davy Klaasen bagging both the goals to put the Dutch side in a commanding position going into the second leg.

The German side followed that disappointment up by losing yet another Bundesliga game, this time in a 2-1 defeat at Darmstadt to make it one win, one draw, and four defeats in their last six games in all competitions.

This leaves them all the way down in 11th position in the Bundesliga, and if they fail to overturn their two goal deficit against Ajax, this season will be classed as a complete and abject failure on all fronts.

Ajax are in very good form as well. They followed their midweek success with a 5-1 battering of Heerenveen to keep them within a point of Eredivisie leaders Feyenoord. This makes it seven wins and one draw in their last eight games.

Away from home they have struggled to pick up wins a bit more though, winning just two of their last six on the road and drawing three times. Meanwhile Schalke are unbeaten since January at home, but they have drawn four of these seven matches, including both of their Europa League ties.

Schalke have only kept three clean sheets in their last 13 home matches as well, which considering they failed to get an away goal in Amsterdam, is a very dangerous statistic. Ajax have found the net in nine of their last ten on the road too, but have only kept four clean sheets in the process.

With Schalke needing to go all out for the win here I can’t see them keeping it tight at the back, so I’m backing Both Teams to Score at 4/6. I’m going for a 2-1 win for Schalke at 15/2 for my correct score predictions, as I think Ajax will settle for that scoreline knowing that their hosts need another two goals to nullify their advantage.

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