Celta have a strong record at home and look worth supporting in the HT/FT market.
Celta Vigo v Ajax - Thursday 18:00, BT Sport ESPN
Having lost their first three league games, Celta were unbeaten in their next six in all competitions, including a 2-0 win at home to Panathinaikos on matchday two, though they were thumped 5-0 at Villarreal on the weekend. Ajax, meanwhile, are also in excellent form after a slow start as they’ve won their last nine in all competitions, including at Panathinaikos and at home to Standard Liege to leave them atop Group G.
Celta were 4-3 winners at home to Barcelona in their last home league game and they remain a tough side to beat at the Estadio de Balaídos, having lost just two of their last 13 there in La Liga. Indeed, if we exclude the two Madrid sides then Celta have lost just three of their last 24 at home in the league and they’ll be confident of making it four home wins in a row in all competitions here and taking a big step towards qualification for the knockout stages.
Though Ajax have won all of their away games in the Eredivise this term, they’ve all been against sides currently outside the top-six and this should prove their toughest test on the road so far. Their European away record since 2012/13 is W3-D4-L10 as they managed just two clean sheets and trailed at the break in seven of their defeats. Since Celta have been ahead at the break in 10 of their 11 home wins since the start of last season, we’re backing the hosts to be ahead at half-time and full-time.