AEK Athens v Ajax Betting Preview, Odds & Tips | 27/11/18
Mikey Patterson (@ThePattBlogs) previews AEK Athens v Ajax and provides us with his best bets for Tuesdays Champions League Group E encounter by analysing team news, potential line-ups, head-to-head, key stats and facts and more.
AEK Athens v Ajax Betting Preview, Odds & Tips
- Date: 27/11/2018
- Time: 17:55
- Venue: Athens Olympic Stadium, Athens, Greece
- Channel: BT Sport
As we enter the penultimate round of fixtures in the Champions League group stages, previous winners Ajax travel to Greece to face AEK. With Ajax sitting behind group leaders Bayern on 8 points from 4 games, a win would see them progress into the knock-out stages of the competition. For AEK, their campaign is already over having lost all 4 of their games so far. It is not all doom and gloom for the Greek side however, as there is still the possibility of finishing 3rd if they can get at least a point here before they face Benfica in the final group stage game.
AEK find themselves struggling for form both domestically and in Europe as of late. They have failed to win in their last 3 domestic fixtures, losing twice since their last European game, which was a 2-0 defeat at the hands of group leaders Bayern Munich. That defeat at the Allianz Arena left them at the foot of group E, 4 points behind Benfica. Since that defeat, they have lost at both home and away in the league, the home defeat coming at the hands of Atromitis, where they conceded twice and failed to score themselves. The international break did little to ease their worries, as they returned to action on Saturday and lost 2-1 away to Panetolikos.
As for Ajax, they will be looking to secure their place in the next round, having taken 8 points from their 4 group games so far. The 3-0 win against AEK earlier in the competition will fill them with confidence, and given AEK’s recent form, they will fancy their chances of coming away from Greece with all 3 points and their knock-out place confirmed. On the road, Ajax have had some solid results domestically. Before the International break, they hit 7 past Excelsior before beating NAC on Saturday 3-0. With their confidence surely running high, and with AEK struggling to find their feat in Europe this season, Ajax will feel that they have a superb chance in Athens.
AEK are set to be without Marios Oikonomou and Helder Lopes who are both suffering from knee injuries. There is a doubt over Viktor Klonaridis who was also suffering with knee issues, however he made his return to the first team on Saturday, playing out the final 30 minutes.
As for Ajax, they will be without new recruit Hassane Bande who is ruled out until after the winter break. He joins Joel Veltman on the injury list, who himself has not featured since suffering a cruciate knee ligament injury that occurred back in April.
Potential AEK Athens Starting XI: Barkas, Hult, Cosic, Lambropoulos, Bakakis, Alef, Simoes, Mantalos, Livaja, Bakasetas, Ponce
Potential Ajax Starting XI: Onana, Tagliafico, Blind, De Ligt, Mazraoui, Schone, De Jong, Van de Beek, Tadic, Neres, Dolberg
Head To Head
- These sides had only met twice before this season, both of those games resulting in victories for Ajax during their successful 1994/95 Champions League campaign, which they went on to win.
Key Stats & Facts
- AEK have won just once at home in 8 Champions League games. They have drawn 5 and lost 2 of the remaining 7 games.
- Ajax are currently unbeaten in Europe this season in 10 games. Before the group stages, they tackled the qualifying rounds where they won 4 out of their 6 games, drawing twice.
- AEK Athens 4.75
- Draw 3.60
- Ajax 1.72
Given everything that is at stake for both teams, I expect both to come out looking for a win, but for very different reasons.
With that in mind, and given that AEK found the net twice at home to Benfica, my only dabble for this game would be on both teams to score.
Ajax will look to secure their place in the next round, while AEK will be looking to give themselves any glimmer of hope of a 3rd place finish.