The Europa League final between Ajax and Manchester United will take place on May 24th in Stockholm’s Friends Arena. This match should be more interesting than usual as Manchester United are the team with the most fans around the world. Manchester United have failed to finish the season in top 4 and their only hope to play Champions League next season is to win the Europa League trophy. Ajax Amsterdam finished the Dutch Eredivisie in 2nd place just one point behind Feyenord. Ajax’s Peter Bosz is seeking a first European distinction since taking charge last May. The Red Devils have already won the Community Shield and the EFL Cup and will be looking to come back home with their 1st Europa League trophy. Despite the positive results the Red Devils’s season has been poor with the main reason being the big number of injured players from the 2nd half of the EPL.
This is the 5th mutual encounter between the two clubs with two wins each in their previous four head-to-heads. The Red Devils have gone 10 matches unbeaten in this competition winning 7 of them and conceding just four goals in the process. Ajax have scored 24 goals in 14 games during this season's Europa League campaign, one more than Manchester United but they have conceded 2 times more than the Red Devils (15-8). The Special One Mourinho has never lost a final in 90 minutes and we believe that his master-plan will work once again. United’s defense has been really solid this season but Ajax have showed they can find the back of the net with ease against any opponent.
Wayne Rooney will be on the bench but we expect him to enter few minutes in his final appearance for the club and if they win against Ajax he is expected to lift the trophy. Marcus Rashford will lead the attack helped by Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Paul Pogba. Manchester United will be without the services of Eric Bailly, who picked up a red card in the second leg of their semi-final against Celta Vigo. Ajax will be without their defender Nick Viergever, who picked up a red card in the second leg of their semi-final versus Lyon but they are not affected by injuries having all the squad at their disposal.
Manchester United are big favourites being priced @1.85 with the green listed bookmaker Betfair. But we are talking about a final and Ajax will enter this game really determined to play their chance and pull off the upset. For this outcome the bookies are offering us huge odds @4.75 with the green listed bookmaker Bet365. We expect a thrilling match with both teams trying to defend the best they can and look to score on the break. We anticipate a really tense match, closer than the odds are suggesting with goals from both sides.
Best picks for the match:
Both teams to score @2.15 with Betfair
Over 2.25 goals AH (Asian Handicap) @1.95 with BetVictor