Juventus vs Ajax Amsterdam / Champions League – Although Juventus was declared as a great favourite before the 1st quarter-final leg, their match in Amsterdam didn’t bring resolution who goes to the semi-finals. Neither team gained an advantage but with those 1-1 Ajax is now in handicapped position, while Juventus has made one step toward the semi-finals. In the meantime Juventus suffered a painless defeat in the Italian championship, while Ajax triumphed by sound goal difference. When the two teams met the last time in Turin their match ended as 0-0 draw.
Juventus vs Ajax Amsterdam begins 16.04.2019 at 21:00 CET
Juventus didn’t exactly make a name for themselves in the first match in Amsterdam where the home team dominated but the final 1-1 is quite satisfactory result for the Italian champion. Of course, they had in mind fact that the rematch will be played at their stadium where are favourites even against much stronger opponents. This season they lost in the Champions League’s round of 16 to Atletico 2-0 away and it seemed that will not be able to catch standardly tough rival, but they won in Turin by 3-0. That was nice indicator how good they can be in front of their fans.
Facts that they have no more imperative in the Italian Serie A makes their job easier in the Champions League, so they allowed themselves a luxury to lose to SPAL 2-1 last weekend. A completely different team was on the pitch and that was fully expected, but now the strongest available will face Ajax. Some players still have problems with injuries like for example Chiellini, Matuidi and Kean.
Probable lineups Juventus: Szczesny – Cancelo, Rugani, Bonucci, A. Sandro – Khedira, Bentancur, Pjanic – Bernardeschi, Mandzukic, Ronaldo
Ajax did its best in the 1st match with Juventus but that was not good enough to make any advantage. The team from Amsterdam played it recognisable game that stays the same regardless of opponent or competition. They were in similar situation in the round of 16, or more precisely after losing the first match with Real at home by 2-1 but they compensated everything in Madrid with a great game and won 4-1. That is an indicator how they will play in Turin, while in the meantime they won once again by sound goal difference in the Dutch championship.
They won Excelsior by 6-2, where veteran Huntelaar, who hadn’t played against Juventus, had a hat trick. Ajax is racing with PSV for the title and cannot relax even for a bit, and practically the strongest team played except Schone who got a break. Left back Mazaoui didn’t play in the first match with Juventus due to accrued yellow cards but now he is back. On the other hand Tafliafico cannot play now due to suspension and Sinkgraven will replace him. F.de Jong had to leave match with Excelsior earlier due to injury and that is one more reason for worries.
Probable lineups Ajax Amsterdam: Onana – Mazraoui, de Ligt, Blind, Sinkgraven – Schone, de Beek, F. de Jong – Ziyech, Tadic, Neres
Juventus vs Ajax Amsterdam PICK
Juventus is probably a bigger favourite now to reach the semi-finals than before the 1st leg as 0-0 would be enough to get there, however that is not a very likely outcome due to fact that their opponent is Ajax. Juventus must score to pass the quarter-finals, as this season very efficient Ajax will most probably do the same.
Pick: both teams to score
Odds: 1.80 at 10bet (down to 1.70 can be played)
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