In what should be an open game, thanks to a 2-0 first leg result, Eredivisie’s Ajax host La Liga’s Getafe on Thursday February 27, 2020. The first leg result was a bit of a surprise, but Ajax is still fully in this tie and it should be a very exciting second leg in Amsterdam.
Ajax enter this week in first place, but now have just a three point lead over second place Alkmaar. Not only does Ajax have this important Europa League game, but this also have a key game against Alkmaar on Sunday. The Amsterdam giants are in the Eredivisie title race, the Europa League knockout stages and the semi-final stages of the KNVB Beker.
It was a rough weekend for Getafe as they entered in third place, and in the Champions League spots, and left it in fifth place and in the Europa League. Getafe are in a tight battle in Spain as spots 3-8 are separated by just five points. Getafe are still just one point back of third place, but are just four points out of being out of European competition altogether. La Liga and the Europa League are all Getafe have left to play for this season.
Below is my pick for the Europa League action between Ajax and Getafe. All odds are from PointsBet Sportsbook.
Ajax (-120) vs Getafe (+330) Draw (+260)
In what a bit of a look ahead spot, Ajax produced a shocking 1-0 loss to mid-table Hercales last weekend. It was a tight, goalless, affair for most of the game, but a 77th minute goal from Cyriel Dessers gave the massive underdogs a shocking win. Ajax have now lost two straight games, but still have won seven of their last 10 games overall. At home, Ajax is dominant having won 33 points and going 11-0-1 in Eredivisie play.
Getafe continued their brutal stretch of games with a home game against Sevilla and ultimately ended up falling 3-0. Sevilla scored a goal right before the half, and then added two more midway through the second half, to come away with the massive road win. Getafe has now lost two of their last three games after going on a four game winning streak. Getafe are the third best road team in Spain with a 5-3-4 record, good enough for 18 points.
Series History: The first leg meeting, last week, was the first meeting between these two clubs.
Soccer Prediction: I like Ajax -120 to win this one and to advance to the Round of 16.
2020 Results: 22-16