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Bodo/Glimt v Ajax: Tips, Predictions and Odds

After a thrilling first meeting, Bodo/Glimt and Ajax will do battle for a second time in a week as they compete in the second leg of their Europa Conference League knockout round play-off in Bodo on Thursday night.

Ajax managed to salvage a 2-2 draw in the first leg after a late comeback and they will have to be at their best to overcome the Norwegian champions away from home.

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Bodo/Glimt v Ajax Predictions

Draw - 16/5

Bodo/Glimt will return home with a point to prove as they prepare to take on Ajax for the second time in a week. The Norwegian side looked to be cruising into the next round when they stormed into a 2-0 lead.

A brace from playmaker Albert Gronbaek looked to have done enough in Amsterdam, only for John van't Schip's side to find a way back into the game in stoppage time.

Bodo/Glimt's Odin Luras Bjortuft saw red in the 90th minute as he conceded a penalty, allowing Branco van den Boomen to score from the spot, before Steven Berghuis scored the equaliser in the 97th minute.

There is no doubt that fatigue played its part for Bodo/Glimt, who were competing in their first competitive game since December, with the new Eliteserien campaign not starting until April.

Last week's contest will certainly have allowed Kjetsil Knutsen's side to rediscover some of their match fitness, but it may not be enough for them to get over the line this week.

Knutsen could also be without Sondre Brunstad Fet, Jostein Gundersen and Gronbaek, who suffered injuries during the first leg.

Ajax's season has been one to forget, and while they are without a win in four in all competitions, they have the better quality in the final third.

Van't Schip's troops should be able to cause problems on the counter-attack and last week's comeback should give them the lift they need to keep them motivated.

Their poor league position means they may be unable to qualify for the Europa League domestically, so winning the Europa Conference League remains their best chance of qualification.

Over 3.5 goals - 11/10

After a four-goal thriller in the first leg, we are expecting another lively affair in Bodo.

Bodo/Glimt scored in six consecutive home matches to secure their latest league title, while they scored eight times in their three group stage matches in the Europa Conference League against Club Brugge, Besiktas and Lugano.

Ajax have been unable to record a win in their last four, but they have been consistent when it comes to playing in exciting matches.

The Dutch giants last kept a clean sheet in November, and both teams have scored in their previous 14 matches in all competitions. Over 3.5 goals would also have landed in 11 of those contests, and Thursday's game should follow a similar chaotic pattern.

Brian Brobbey to score anytime - 21/10

Overall, Ajax have endured a season to forget this year, but the form of forward Brian Brobbey has been one of their few positives.

The 22-year-old has netted 14 times in 21 Eredivisie appearances and he is a man in form at the minute.

The Dutchman has scored 12 goals in his last 13 appearances for his club, and he has often come up with the goods when they have needed him the most.

With Bodo/Glimt's squad already stretched due to suspension, injury and a lack of match fitness, they will do well to keep Brobbey quiet on Thursday.

He was on target in Ajax's 2-2 draw with NEC on Sunday, and all the signs suggest he will have a big say in what should be a thrilling game in the Conference League.

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Bodo/Glimt v Ajax Odds

Bodo/Glimt - 13/10
Draw -
16/5
Ajax -
13/8

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