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Ajax v Celtic tips – Anwar El Ghazi top value to score two or more

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Bhoys make Europa League trip with weakened defence and off the back of damaging Dons defeat, so El Ghazi is a nifty 9/1 with Sky Bet to net two or more.

Anwar El Ghazi has already reached 60 per cent of his goal tally from last term for Ajax, and it’s just the middle of September.

While he may not be a familiar name to punters, the Netherlands Under-21 international attacker is set to be a major thorn in Celtic’s side as the Bhoys travel to Amsterdam for their Europa League Group A opener.

El Ghazi has struck three braces in the Eredivisie so far, and that makes top odds of 9/1 on offer with Sky Bet for two goals or more again from him in this Celtic clash well worth a wager.

Bhoys boss Ronny Deila has seen his defence weakened by the summer sales of Adam Matthews and Virgil van Dijk. As the Glasgow giants failed to reach the Champions League group stage and trail Aberdeen in the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership title race by five points, it is fair to say the jury is out on their replacements.

Deadline day signing Jozo Simunovic should be pressed into service by Celtic for a difficult debut here, as experienced left-footer defender Charlie Mulgrew has a thigh problem.

Glaswegian gloom for this Europa adventure where they go Dutch is also deepened by the absence of midfield duo Scott Allan and Stuart Armstrong, so this should allow Ajax to control the middle of the park comfortably on home turf.

Celtic have not kept a clean sheet in any of their last seven matches, letting in two goals in as many away defeats. They are thus outsiders at top-price 15/4 with Ladbrokes to record victory in Amsterdam.

Ajax’s electric attackers, including Coral’s 5/1 first scorer shout El Ghazi, are the major reason why they are odds-on at 17/20 with a number of bookmakers to take three points.

Poland poacher Arkadiusz Milik should ring a bell with Scotland and Republic of Ireland fans after his scoring exploits in support of Robert Lewandowski during Euro 2016 qualifying.

With four in eight, magnificent Milik (best price of 7/4 to strike anytime with Betfair and Paddy Power) is also a proven focal point and thus the perfect foil for El Ghazi (24/13 with 888Sport in that market) in attack.

Rangy French forward Yaya Sanogo, meanwhile, is on loan at Ajax from Arsenal and spent a similar stint with Crystal Palace at the back end of last season.

Celtic’s over-reliance on Leigh Griffiths, a 7/1 first scorer shout with BetVictor and Boylesports, could prove their downfall here, as predictably he will be the one Deila’s Bhoys look for.

El Ghazi is somewhat under the radar, but punters could well clean up if he replicates performances against AZ Alkmaar, Den Haag and Willem II here.

BETTING TIP: Anwar El Ghazi scores two goals or more @ 9/1 with Sky Bet.

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