Ajax Amsterdam vs Real Madrid / Champions League – This is another duel in the round of sixteen of the Champions League for which can be said that things have changed significantly compared to the moment when the draw was made. Ajax was playing played great at that time, and they left a good impression in the group stage of the Champions League. At that time Real was struggling a lot, more in the championship, but they were also losing matches in the Champions League. Now Real is in rush, and Ajax is in crisis. Their last mutual duels were played in 2012, when Real celebrated with 4-1 on both occasions.
Ajax Amsterdam vs Real Madrid begins 13.02.2019 at 21:10 CET
Ajax is playing the worst football since the beginning of the season right now, which they definitely did not need now that the Champions League continues. They were really good at the group stage and they were almost first in the group, ahead of Bayern, but they ended up being the second, though they did not lose any matches. They have played two draws with the Bavarians and have shown a really enjoyable football in these matches. In the championship they had a series of 11 consecutive victories, and some of them were convincing.
The Dutch championship is not a benchmark, but only when Ajax wins. When it is different, then it should be taken into consideration, and this is happening right now. It all started with a home draw against Heerenveen, after which they were mastered by Feyenoord with 6-2. They were in a good mood against Venlo and then played terribly against Heracles in the last round and lost with 1-0. They have performed with almost the strongest composition, and that cannot be a justification, while now only midfielder Jong is questionable.
Probable lineups Ajax Amsterdam: Onana – Mazraoui, de Ligt, Blind, Tagliafico – van de Beek, Schone, F.de Jong – Ziyech, Dolberg, Tadic
The situation has changed considerably in Real compared to the first part of the season, but for the better. Real was struggling in the championship, they allowed themselves to lose twice against CSKA in the Champions League, but they still ended up first in the group because they defeated Roma on both occasions. They had a big backlog for the leasing Barcelona in the championship, which has mastered them in El Clasico. Real has now completely consolidated its ranks and even though they are not playing very admirable football, they are very good on the field and it is very difficult to defeat them.
Not counting their defeat by Leganes in the Cup, when they already had a big advantage from the first duel, Real was not defeated for a long time. How good they are now is best shown in the previous two matches. They have played against Barcelona in the Cup and won one point without any problems. On Saturday they played against their city rival Atletico and celebrated with 3-1, playing a great match tactically. They have returned to the second place on the table, so Barcelona has only six points more and they are complete for this match.
Probable lineups Real Madrid: Courtois – Carvajal, Varane, Ramos, Reguilon – Casemiro, T.Kroos, Modric – Vazquez, Vinicius, Benzema
Ajax Amsterdam vs Real Madrid PICK
Ajax can only hope they will succeed in playing this match as they did before the crisis, but Real is now very dangerous and considering how they play, they are certainly big favourites. However, Ajax is the host and they can certainly respond adequately, which is why we expect an efficient match.
Pick: over 3 goals
Odds: 1.84 at bethard (down to 1.74 can be played)
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