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Ludogorets Razgrad vs Ajax betting tips: Europa League play-off round first leg preview, predictions and odds

Ludogorets Razgrad vs Ajax odds and betting statistics



Ludogorets Razgrad vs Ajax match preview

In recent seasons, Ajax are used to going straight into the Champions League group stages, but now must win this qualifier just to get into the Europa League.

The Amsterdam-based juggernauts finished third in last season’s Eredivisie, failing to win the title for the first time since 2018, while this was their lowest finish since 2009.

So, after five successive seasons of Champions League group stage football, led by new Head Coach Maurice Steijn, Ajax must earn the right to qualify for the Europa League.

In their way here are the 12-in-a-row champions of Bulgaria, who themselves will feature in a tenth UEFA group stage in just 11 seasons next month, but in which Europa-based competition will this be?

So far this season, Ludogorets Razgrad have beaten Ballkani, lost to Olimpija Ljubljana before a victory over Astana, hammering the Kazakh champions 5-1 at home a week ago.

Nevertheless, Ivaylo Petev’s team come into this tie as massive underdogs, so can the Eagles establish a first leg lead at Huvepharma Arena, ahead of next Thursday’s trip to the Dutch capital?

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