4th April, £10 to £100 Easter Weekender Challenge – Bet 4
We are flying with the Easter Weekender! 3 winners down, 2 more and we’ll have rolled our £10 starting stake into over £100! Bet 4 is next up and we’ll be travelling to Holland and Austria with Ajax and RB Salzburg.
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Heerenveen v Ajax (Ajax to score 2+ goals)
· On to Easter Sunday we go then as we reach bet 4 of the Weekender challenge. We will begin in Holland and the Eredivisie where runaway leaders Ajax travel to Heerenveen knowing only a few more wins are required to wrap up the title. The hosts meanwhile sit 10th, and although they have some very talented players it has not clicked for them for some weeks now. A top 7 finish looks unlikely for them now and their season looks to have petered out somewhat, they certainly won’t be looking forward to the visit of Ajax this afternoon.
Heerenveen have conceded 3+ goals in 3 of their last 5 fixtures going in to today.
Ajax have won 17 of their last 18 matches ahead of today’s match.
Heerenven have won just one of their last 6 league matches prior to today.
Ajax have scored 2+ goals in 14 of their last 15 matches.
· The hosts have hit something of a lull in form in recent weeks and seem to have accepted that a top 7 finish is now out of reach. They finished 10th last season and barring a spectacular end to the campaign and similar sort of ranking seems likely come the end of this campaign too.
· Heerenveen have played Ajax twice already this season losing heavily on both occasions. The reverse league fixture was a 5-0 loss back in October and more recently the played in the cup only a month ago and succumbed to a 3-1 defeat.
· Historically they don’t fare well against Ajax and have actually lost 15 of their last 17 matches against the Amsterdam giants. With the visitors in such strong form it is hard to see past a convincing away victory this afternoon.
· Ajax look to be strolling to a 35th Eredivisie title and hold a substantial lead over the chasing pack going in to the game today. Their form has been extraordinary since the turn of the year and nobody looks likely to stop Erik Ten Hag and his team at the moment.
· Daley Blind is missing for the visitors due to an injury picked up while on international duty. Haller is also a doubt due to having Covid 19 but otherwise Ajax look to be at pretty much full strength this afternoon.
· They have scored 83 league goals this season at an average of 3.2 per game. That is 20 more goals than any other side in the league which shows just how prolific they are in attack. I see few issues in them notching at least a couple in Heerenveen this afternoon.
Salzburg v Sturm Graz (Salzburg 2+ goals)
· For the 2nd part of Bet 4 we will head to Austria where league leaders RB Salzburg host Sturm Graz in a big game in the Bundesliga. The hosts are looking to win 8 successive Austrian titles and are very much in the driving seat to do so. They hold a 7 point advantage in the overall table as well as a 4 point lead over Rapid Vienna with this the first game of the Championship split. A win today would put them in an incredibly strong position to retain the Bundesliga once again.
Salzburg have won each of their last 5 games going in to today scoring 19 goals in the process.
Sturm Graz are without a win in their last 6 away games (D3, L3)
Salzburg have only failed to score in 1 of their 22 (5%) Bundesliga games this season.
Sturm Graz lost 4-0 to Salzburg in the Austrian cup just a month ago.
· Salzburg are tipped to be at full strength with no reported major absentees this afternoon. Patson Daka should lead the line and will be looking to extend his exceptional scoring run to 7 straight games for Salzburg.
· Jesse Marsch has said his team will take this game seriously and there is no chance of rotation or taking their opponents lightly.
· Salzburg have scored 67 goals in the league this season in just 22 games at an average of over 3 goals per game. They have scored 24 more goals than any other side in Austria which indicates how potent they are in attack.
· The visitors have some important players missing in this one with right back Gazibegovic out and Kelvin Yeboah a major doubt.
· Sturm notoriously struggle away from home and won’t fancy their chances of travelling away to the best team in Austria. Despite sitting 4th in the table, Sturm have just the 8th best away record in the division having won just 3 of their 11 away games this season.
· Sturm Graz could give Salzburg a run for their money and are no doubt a decent side in Austria. Salzburg never let you down for goals however an with Daka firing on all cylinders at the moment I suspect the hosts should have few issues in scoring at least a couple of goals in this one.