Ajax hosts Lille in round 1 of the Champions League group stage. The match will be played on Tuesday, September 17th at Johan Cruijff Arena (Amsterdam)
Ajax took second place in the local championship and was forced to break into the group stage of the Champions League through qualifying rounds. And this is the team that knocked out Juventus and Real Madrid in the last Champions League. And it played in the final of the Europa League 2 years ago. Nevertheless, the Jews coped with their task was more than successfully. At first, they overcame the resistance of Greek PAOK (5-4 on aggregate) and APOEL (0-0 away and 2-0 at home). Ajax won both home games in those confrontations. And it won both home games in the local championship. Generally, it won 4 out of 5 matches, and only the first one ended in a draw. Overall, Ajax has won 15 of its 20 recent home games and lost only two.
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Lille also finished 2nd in the last championship. If it is a failure for Ajax in the local tournament, such a result is a great success for Lille. However, the Great Danes started the current season less convincingly than they played in the past one. They lost 2 out of 5 rounds of the championship, and not to grandees but just to Reims and Amiens. And what’s important in the light of the proposed bet, both games were lost away. In general, Lille lost 3 last away games in a row. Before the championship games, the Danes lost to Celta in a friendly match. After a successful season, the team was robbed significantly. Mendes and Kone left the team and moved to Lyon. Pepe moved to Arsenal, Dabila - to Cercle Brugge, Leao - to Milan... But three 19-year-old football players (Brdaric from Hajduk, Ouatarra from Mechelen, and Weah from Celtic) replaced them. 20-year-old Nigerian Osimhen came from Charleroi. Andre - from Rennes. To put it mildly, they are not equivalent replacements.
Ajax is stable in the local league and European competitions now. Its squad is stronger than that of the French. The forward of the national team of Morocco, Ziyech, and Tadic from the national team of Serbia are responsible for the attack, and very experienced Huntelaar helps them. And this trio scored 50 goals in the last season. This is only in the championship. But there were still cups, European cups, national teams, friendly games... The Dutch won both home matches of their championship and both matches of qualification for the Champions League. In the last Champions League, the Jews beat AEK and Benfica at home and tied only with Bayern. Finally, Ajax is more experienced than Lille in European competitions. And it may well beat the semi-updated squad of the Danes at home.
Prediction for the match: Ajax to win