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Suarez can inspire shock Ajax win against Chelsea in Amsterdam

| 23.07.2010

Having spurned the chance to become Fulham manager, Ajax boss Martin Jol now turns his attention to another London club, as his Dutch side prepare to take on Chelsea.

Jol was convinced to stay at Ajax having been assured that the club would do its best to keep star players such as Luis Suarez and Gregory Van Der Wiel.

And Uruguay striker Suarez could be a particularly prickly thorn in the side for Chelsea’s defence. Ajax are 3/1 to win the match at the Amsterdam Arena.

At 8/11 to claim victory, Chelsea are favourites for the tie, and they could give their new signing Yossi Benayoun a run-out in midfield.

At 1am on Saturday, Manchester City face Sporting Lisbon, and Roberto Mancini’s big-spenders are 8/11 to beat their Portuguese opponents.

This match is part of a partnership between the two clubs, where Manchester City have the first option to sign Sporting Lisbon players.

In striking this deal, City have taken over from a partnership previously held by their rivals Manchester United, who had signed Cristiano Ronaldo as part of their affiliation with Sporting.

Paris Saint Germain meet Legia Warsaw in another of today’s European friendly matches, and the French club are 4/7 favourites to win.

Back in Britain, meanwhile, Crystal Palace take on Exeter City at Selhurst Park, where Palace are 5/6 to defeat their League One opponents.

You can bet on Exeter to claim a surprising victory at 5/2, and the Grecians will buoyed by last season’s narrow escape from relegation to League Two.

Will Ajax’s match with Chelsea be too close to call? The draw is 12/5. See the full Ajax vs Chelsea market.



Robbie Morris

Robbie studied sports journalism at the University of Gloucestershire, an establishment chosen for its proximity to Cheltenham racecourse, where he was a season ticket holder. Upon graduation, Robbie was a contributor to GolfPunk, a national magazine aimed at ridding golf of its traditionalist image, before joining the news.ladbrokes team.