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Europa League Final predictions: Ajax v Manchester United betting tips & match preview

Leigh Copson 24 May 2017
  • Ajax take on Manchester United in Europa League Final
  • Friends Arena in Stockholm, Sweden hosting Final on Wednesday, May 24
  • Get free predictions and betting tips for the 2017 Europa League Final
Jose Mourinho has never lost a major European Final! (credit: David Ramos/Getty Images)

Europa League Final predictions for Ajax v Manchester United on Wednesday, May 24. Will Manchester United earn a route into the Champions League by winning the Europa League Final or will Ajax get their hands on the trophy and seal a return to Europe’s top table? Read on for all of our free predictions and betting tips.

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Europa League Final: Ajax v Manchester United Live Stream

BT Sport has exclusive television rights to the Europa League in the United Kingdom, but the broadcaster is offering football fans the chance to watch Ajax v Manchester United live online – for free and without a subscription – via its Youtube page.

“Making the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League available for free to everyone in the UK shows that BT really is serious about making sport much more accessible to the public,” said BT consumer CEO John Petter. “These are two of the biggest club football tournaments in the world and showing them live on social media and on mobile devices makes it more readily available to a younger audience as well as available to traditional TV viewers.”

It could not be easier to watch one of the biggest games in European club football live online – just click on the image below to watch the 2017 Europa League Final on Wednesday, May 24. The kick-off time is 19:45 BST.

Europa League Final: Ajax v Manchester United Betting Odds

Europa League Final: Ajax v Manchester United Betting Tips Explained

Jose Mourinho’s first season as Manchester United has not been a massive success, but the Portuguese has an opportunity to lift another trophy this season and, in doing so, seal a return to the Champions League for the English giants. The question is can they overcome another club with a world famous pedigree, Ajax, when the Europa League Final takes place on Wednesday, May 24?

United’s road to the Europa League Final has not exactly been awe-inspiring – more efficient than dazzling. They overcame a couple of away defeats during the group stage to reach the knockout phase of the competition, but they have not tasted defeat in Europe since the 2-1 loss to Fenerbahce last November and they have now gone 10 games unbeaten, winning seven of them. At first glance that unbeaten run is certainly worth boasting about, but United’s progress has been far from convincing. They scraped past Rostov in the last-16, drawing 1-1 in Russia before winning 1-0 at home, and they needed extra-time at Old Trafford to finally get the better of Anderlecht in the quarter-finals. They then survived a late score to edge past Celta Vigo in the semi-finals, but it is safe to say they will face arguably their toughest test in the final in the form of Ajax.

The Dutch giants have faced the tougher route to this final having faced Schalke and Lyon in previous rounds, but they have ridden some fine home form to aggregate wins in both of those ties and they will certainly fancy their chances here. However, there are two key statistics that go against them and they are the reason why I am backing Manchester United to get the job done in Stockholm.

First of all, Ajax’s form on foreign soil has been poor in this competition. Peter Bosz’s side have lost each of their last three away games in the Europa League and they have failed to win any of their last six on the road. In fact they have only won two away games in Europe this season, having been walloped 4-1 by Rostov in the Champions League qualifying stage, so none of this gives me the confidence to back them here.

And how can I ignore Jose Mourinho’s terrific record in cup finals. The Manchester United boss has won 11 of his 13 major cup finals as a manager and he has never lost a final in 90 minutes, with both of his defeats coming after those matches went to extra-time. And when it comes to Europe he boasts a flawless record having won all three of his major finals. This man almost always finds a way to get the job done in cup finals – look at the EFL Cup Final win over Southampton earlier this season – and I expect him to get his hands on more silverware in Stockholm.

Manchester United have not been known for getting involved in many exciting Premier League games this season and their lack of goals has forced them to rely on a solid defence that boasted one of the best goals against records in the country. However, in Europe they have struggled for clean sheets during the latter stage of the competition, keeping just two in their last six games, and I do not expect them to shut out an Ajax side that have failed to score in only one of their 18 European ties this this season. Davy Klaasen and Kasper Dolberg will be a handful for this United defence and I would not be surprised to see one of them hit the back of the net in the final, meaning Ajax at least score in a losing effort.

And speaking of goals and goalscorers, if you are looking to back a member of the Manchester United camp I suggest getting behind Henrikh Mkhitaryan to score anytime here. The Armenian winger may not have been particularly prolific on the domestic front this season, but he has been in fine form on the European stage scoring five goals in his last eight Europa League appearances for the Red Devils. Mourinho will be looking to others for goals in the absence of injured striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, and Mkhitaryan could well be the man to deliver one.

Europa League Final: Ajax v Manchester United Stats

  • Manchester United have already faced Dutch opposition, beating and losing to Feyenoord in the group stage
  • Manchester United twice beat the team that dumped Ajax out of Champions League qualifying (Rostov)
  • During the group stage Ajax beat and drew with Celta Vigo, who Manchester United beat in the semi-finals
  • Manchester United are unbeaten in their last 10 games in the Europa League
  • Ajax have failed to win their last six competitive matches on foreign soil, losing each of the last three
  • Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has never lost a major European Final as a manager, winning the Champions League twice and UEFA Cup once

Ajax v Manchester United Tale Of The Tape

AjaxTale Of The TapeManchester United
8 (3x European Cup, 1x
Champions League, 1 Cup
Winners' Cup, 1x UEFA Cup,
2x UEFA Super Cup)
European Trophies5 (1x European Cup, 2x
Champions League, 1x Cup
Winners' Cup, 1x Super Cup)
33Domestic Titles20
26 (18x KNVB Cup, 8x Johan
Cruyff Shield)
Domestic Cups38 (12x FA Cup, 5x League
Cup, 21x Community Shield)
8-3-32016/17 Europa League
Record: W-D-L
Kasper Dolberg: 23 GoalsTop Goalscorer
(All Competitions)
Zlatan Ibrahimovic: 28 Goals
(To Miss Final Through Injury)
Peter BoszManagerJose Mourinho

Road To The Europa League Final

Ajax's Road To The Europa League Final

26/7/16Champions League QualifyingPAOK (Home)1-1Dolberg
3/8/16Champions League QualifyingPAOK (Away)1-2Klaasen (2)
16/8/16Champions League QualifyingRostov (Home)1-1Klaasen
24/8/16Champions League QualifyingRostov (Away)4-1Klaasen
15/9/16Group StagePanathinaikos (Away)1-2Traore, Riedewald
29/9/16Group StageStandard Liege (Home)1-0Dolberg
20/10/16Group StageCelta Vigo (Away)2-2Ziyech, Younes
3/11/16Group StageCelta Vigo (Home)3-2Dolberg, Ziyech, Younes
24/11/16Group StagePanathinaikos (Home)2-0Schone, Tete
8/12/16Group StageStandard Liege (Away)1-1El Ghazi
16/2/17Last 32, 1st LegLegia Warsaw (Away)0-0
23/2/17Last 32, 2nd LegLegia Warsaw (Home)1-0Viergever
9/3/17Last 16, 1st LegCopenhagen (Away)2-1Dolberg
16/3/17Last 16, 2nd LegCopenhagen (Home)2-0Traore, Dolberg
13/4/17Quarter-Final, 1st LegSchalke 04 (Home)2-0Klaasen (2)
20/4/17Quarter-Final, 2nd LegSchalke 04 (Away)3-2Viergever, Younes
3/5/17Semi-Final, 1st LegLyon (Home)4-1Traore (2), Dolberg, Younes
11/5/17Semi-Final, 2nd LegLyon (Away)3-1Dolberg

Manchester United's Road To The Europa League Final

15/9/16Group StageFeyenoord (Away)1-0
29/9/16Group StageZorya (Home)1-0Ibrahimovic
20/10/16Group StageFenerbahce (Home)4-1Pogba (2), Martial, Lingard
3/11/16Group StageFenerbahce (Away)2-1Rooney
24/11/16Group StageFeyenoord (Home)4-0Rooney, Mata, Jones (og), Lingard
8/12/16Group StageZorya (Away)0-2Mkhitaryan, Ibrahimovic
16/1/17Last 32, 1st LegSt Etienne (Home)3-0Ibrahimovic (3)
22/2/17Last 32, 2nd LegSt Etienne (Away)0-1Mkhitaryan
9/3/17Last 16, 1st LegRostov (Away)1-1Mkhitaryan
16/3/17Last 16, 2nd LegRostov (Home)1-0Mata
13/4/17Quarter-Final, 1st LegAnderlecht (Away)1-1Mkhitaryan
20/4/17Quarter-Final, 2nd LegAnderlecht (Home)2-1Mkhitaryan, Rashford
4/5/17Semi-Final, 1st LegCelta Vigo (Away)0-1Rashford
11/5/17Semi-Final, 2nd LegCelta Vigo (Home)1-1Fellaini

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