Preview: Ajax vs. Marseille – data analysis, prediction, lineups

Europa Clash Prediction: Ajax vs Marseille. With both teams facing early-season challenges, will the Dutch capital witness a victory or a draw? Dive into our analysis for this anticipated match-up.

Data Analysis

Ajax and Marseille will kick off their group stage campaign in the UEFA Europa League with a head-to-head clash on 21 September 2023 in Amsterdam at the Johan Cruyff Stadium. The opening whistle is scheduled for 20:00 UK time. The match will be officiated by an Italian referee team led by Maurizio Mariani.

Ajax reached the group stage of the Europa League via the qualification finals, where they faced Ludogorets. After a convincing away victory (4:1), the Amsterdam side struggled in the home leg but held on to their advantage (0:1). Currently, the Dutch club is undergoing a phase of restructuring, managed since the past summer by Moris Stein.

Marseille entered the group stage of the Europa League after failing in the Champions League qualifiers. Following a loss in Greece to Panathinaikos (0:1), the French side clinched a comeback win at the Velodrome (2:1) but ultimately lost in a penalty shootout. Marseille started the new season under the leadership of Marcelino, but just before the upcoming match, the French club announced the termination of the contract with the Spanish manager.

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Predictions and odds for the Ajax vs Marseille match

In this Amsterdam showdown, sports analysts don’t see a clear favourite. Bets on an Ajax victory are given odds of 2.58. For a Marseille win, the odds are set at 2.78, while a draw stands at 3.73.

Interestingly, Ajax has historically fared well against Marseille, with the Dutch club securing three wins in their four official encounters. However, their last competitive meeting was back in 2009. Betting on the hosts with a (0) handicap is priced at 1.87, while an even handicap for the visitors stands at 2.04.

According to analysts, Ajax and Marseille are predicted to have a goal-filled clash in Amsterdam. Bets on over (2.5) goals are priced at 1.68, while under (2.5) goals is at 2.21. A bet on both teams to score looks promising with odds of 1.55. This bet has been successful in 4 of Ajax’s 6 matches this season and in 4 of Marseille’s 7 games.

Recent team performances: Ajax has had a sluggish start to the new season. In the four rounds of the Dutch league, the team has garnered just five points, placing them 12th in the league table. Ahead of the upcoming match, Moris Stein’s charges suffered a loss to Twente (1:3).

Marseille, too, has had an uninspiring run in recent Ligue 1 matches. After a drawn match against Nantes (1:1), Marcelino’s men struggled at the Velodrome against Toulouse (0:0). After five rounds in the French championship, Marseille sits fourth in the league table.

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Where to watch the live broadcast of Ajax vs Marseille?

Tune into RMC Sport 1. Coverage from Stade Velodrome will commence at 17:50 CET, a brief ten minutes prior to kick-off.

Our prediction: Ajax 1-1 Marseille

Antony Knights
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Considering the uncharacteristic beginnings both teams have had this season, predicting Thursday's clash is challenging, with both teams striving to regain their optimal form.

Ajax isn't exuding confidence or momentum, and Marseille grapples with uncertainties, possibly under interim management. Given these factors, we foresee a draw in the Dutch capital.
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