Champions League Match Preview: Chelsea vs Ajax

Chelsea bounced back from their cup defeat to Manchester United with a 2-1 win over Watford. While the scoreline doesn’t suggest it, they were much better than the Hornets and Frank Lampard would have been pleased with the performance.

Ajax have won both matches played since the 1-0 defeat at home to Chelsea, scoring four goals in each outing. Ajax have won their last four away matches in the Champions League, impressively beating Real Madrid, Juventus, Tottenham and Valencia in that time. Three of those were last season, however.

Chelsea were not expected to go to Amsterdam and beat Ajax last time out in the Champions League and for that reason you must consider them slight favourites here. A win here for Chelsea would be a major step forward to securing a top-two finish in Group H.

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Chelsea –Late decisions will need to be made on Ross Barkley, N’Golo Kante, Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen ahead of Tuesday’s welcome of Ajax. Ruben Loftus-Cheek is a long-term absentee for the home side.

Christian Pulisic has leapfrogged Callum Hudson-Odoi in the pecking order for places at the moment and is expected to start on the wing on Tuesday. Start forecasting your Champions League games Now

Emerson will hope to keep his place at left-back ahead of Marcos Alonso after returning to full fitness.

Ajax-Lisandro Martinez is a major doubt after lasting only 28 minutes of Ajax’s 4-2 win over PEC Zwolle on Friday.

Edson Alvarez replaced Martinez against Zwolle but later needed to come off himself and is also a huge doubt for Ajax.

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If Neither Alvarez nor Martinez recover in time then Razvan Marin is expected to start. 17-year-old Ryan Gravenberch is also an option.

Sergino Dest was rested against Zwolle and is expected back in the starting XI here.

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As at the time this post Chelsea has 1.94 odd to win the match on NaijaBet while Ajax has 3.95 odd to win the match, the odd to draw the match is 4.03.

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