champions league

There have been 17 Champions League triumphs between Ajax and Real Madrid in their illustrious history, and now they meet each other in the last 16 of the Champions League. The first leg kicks off at the Amsterdam Arena on Wednesday, kicking off at 9:00pm local time.

Home Team: Ajax

Ajax have fell short in the Champions League in recent seasons, but they look to be competing again as they looked impressive in a group that contained Benfica, AEK Athens and Bayern Munich. The side may have finished 2nd in the group, but they did manage to draw both matches against Bayern Munich, which were great results for the club. Ajax have been disappointing lately in the Dutch league, losing two of their last three matches. One of them was in a 6-2 thumping to rivals Feyenoord, and the other was losing 1-0 to Heracles, meaning they are 6 points behind the leaders.

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Ajax’s star player Frenkie de Jong is a slight injury concern for the hosts. The Dutch midfielder, who will sign for Barcelona at the end of the season in a £65mil deal, was injured in that defeat to Heracles, and may miss this huge clash. Besides that, Ajax have a full team to choose from, and will hope to build on performances against Bayern Munich, and try to surprise the holders.

Away Team: Real Madrid

Real Madrid are starting to improve their form in the 2018/2019 campaign. As always, Real Madrid look to end the season strongly, as they look to win their 4th consecutive Champions League title, and their 5th in the last 6 years. With Cristiano Ronaldo missing, this current side is not as strong as previous years, but there are signs that Real Madrid are getting back to their best once again.

This past weekend, they managed to beat Atletico Madrid away from home 3-1, with Gareth Bale back amongst the goals. The league may be out of reach for Real Madrid this season, but on their day, they can be a match for anyone, and will expect to be in the quarter finals of the Champions League. Also, Vinicius Jr looks to be a real prospect, and the star teenager is likely to be involved on Wednesday night.

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Head to Head

The sides have played each other 12 times in their history, with Real Madrid dominating the recent meetings. Real Madrid will look to win their 7th game in a row against Ajax, as they have beaten them home and away in the 10/11, 11/12 and 12/13 seasons, all under Jose Mourinho. Real Madrid were far superior having scored 20 goals in those six matches, and only conceded twice. Before that though, Ajax had the better record, winning 4 out of the previous 6 matches, including a semi-final victory in 1973 when Ajax went on to be champions.

Predictions and Betting Tips

bet now betting on football Ajax are at 11/4 to get a first leg win on Wednesday night, with Real Madrid favourites at 17/20, and a draw is priced at 29/10. To qualify, Real Madrid are overwhelming favourites at 1/5 with Ajax at 10/3. Back in December, Ajax may have fancied their chances more, but I can only see this leg going one way now, and that is for Real Madrid to progress. I also expect them to win the away leg, and I’d go for a 0-2 score line at 10/1.

 Dusan Tadic may be the man to get a goal for Ajax, at 2/1 to score at any time, and for the visitors, it seems that backing Sergio Ramos is great value for money at 12/5 – the defender can’t stop scoring and he is on penalties, too. Whilst I predicted a 2-0 win, I wouldn’t be overly surprised Ajax get on the score sheet, so backing them to score in a defeat is at a generous 15/8. Finally, Real Madrid have scored 3+ goals on their previous three visits, and are priced at 2/1 to achieve that feat again.

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