Champions League Match Preview: Ajax vs Juventus

 

Ajax eliminated defending champions Real Madrid in the last round of the Champions League and will have nothing to fear when they take on Juventus in the quarter-finals.

Ajax have won nine of their last 10 matches in all competitions and average 3.5 goals per game in that time.

A Cristiano Ronaldo hat-trick eliminated Atletico Madrid in the last round and Juventus are favourites heading into their quarter-final tie with Ajax.

Juventus have actually lost their last two Champions League away matches but will back themselves at home to overturn any deficit.

Team News

Ajax- Noussair Mazraoui is for Ajax due to an accumulation of bookings in the competition. 21-year-old Rasmus Kristensen will likely get the nod at right-back. Bet Now on NaijaBet

No other changes are expected from Ajax’s usual starting XI. Hakim Ziyech, Daley Blind, Matthijs de Ligt and Nicolas Tagliafico will miss the return leg if they are booked here.

Juventus- Cristiano Ronaldo has not played for Juventus since scoring a hat-trick in this competition, missing the Old Lady’s last four matches through injury. He is pushing to return from a thigh injury and is expected to make the matchday squad at the very least.

Emre Can was forced off after 25 minutes in Juventus’ 2-1 win over AC Milan on Saturday and will play no part here. Sami Khedira is at least back to cover for Can if required.

Alex Sandro will return at left-back after missing Juventus’ last Champions League game through suspension. Blaise Matuidi and Federico Bernardeschi are one booking away from missing the return leg.

Bernardeschi could get the nod over Paulo Dybala, as he did against Atletico last time out in the competition. Moise Kean has scored in his last five apperances for club and country but will have to settle for a place on the bench on Wednesday.

Giorgio Chiellini is ruled out for Juventus and his absence is a blow, particularly as Andrea Barzagli hasn’t start a match since October. Will Max Allegri go with Barzagli’s experience or trust Daniele Rugani in a game of this magnitude?

Douglas Costa has been out of action for more than two months but has made the squad and will take his seat on the bench.

Match Facts

Ajax are undefeated in 15 of their last 16 matches in UEFA Champions League.

There have been over 2.5 goals scored in Ajax’s last 3 games (UEFA Champions League).

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As at the time this post Ajax has 3.35 odd to win the match on NaijaBet while Juventus has 2.29 odd to win the match, the odd to draw the match is 3.43.

Who will win?