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Ajax set to east past APOEL

Ajax set to east past APOEL

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There are three Champions League play-off round second-leg fixtures on Wednesday, with a place in the lucrative group stage on offer for the winners.

All three are tight affairs after the first leg but a familiar name is tipped to advance.

Ajax to beat APOEL Nicosia by two goals @ 27/10

APOEL are still in this tie after managing to stifle the Dutch giants during the opening encounter in Cyprus, with the game ending 0-0. However, that is unlikely to be the case in Amsterdam and it is easy to see the Eredivisie side winning this one by a couple of goals.

They may have seen some class players leave during the summer and it is unlikely that last year’s semi-finalists will go so far in 2019-2020, but Erik ten Hag’s charges will surely have too much for their opponents in midweek.

The Greeks are not without hope but maybe needed to score at least once at home to increase their chances of an upset over the two legs.

Ajax are 2/11 to win the match and there value looks elsewhere.

Slavia Prague to beat CFR Cluj to zero @ 7/5

Having won 1-0 away from home in the first leg, Slavia Prague should have enough to progress and it will be tough for the Romanians to score at Sinobo Stadium.

Confidence in the ranks will be high while it is a step into the unknown for Dan Petrescu’s Cluj side.

Goals may be at a premium in this one and under 2.5 goals at 10/13 appeals, with the visitors sure to look to keep it tight and see if they can nick a goal late in the contest.

Club Brugge to beat LASK Linz @ 20/29

Brugge will take a 1-0 lead into the second leg having earned that advantage with a battling effort in Austria.

Hans Vanaken’s 10th-minute penalty was all that separated the sides in the first game and there is every reason to suggest it will be a similar story this time around.

The experience of the Belgian outfit should tell although former Crystal Palace defender Valerien Ismael will doubtless have his men well drilled to repel everything the hosts throw at them.

Another tight game is predicted but the favourites should have enough to beat LASK.

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