Juventus v Ajax Betting Preview, Odds & Tips | 16/04/19
Josh Waudby (@Josh_Waudby) previews Juventus v Ajax and provides us with his best bets for the second leg by analysing team news, potential line-ups, head-to-head, key stats and facts and more.
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Juventus v Ajax Betting Preview, Odds & Tips
- Date: 16/04/2019
- Time: 20:00
- Venue: Allianz Arena
- Channel: BT Sport 1
Ajax have continued their impressive form so far in this seasons campaign with a 1-1 draw from the first leg against Juventus. When Real Madrid first drew Ajax it was considered to be one of the easiest draws to get, and after demolishing them at the Bernabeu they put in another terrific performance, in which they will probably feel they could have got more from. Juventus however are a completely different prospect in the Allianz, and have only lost 1 game there this season in all competitions, after 2 late goals in 4 minutes for Manchester United turned the tie around in the group stages back in 2018.
It’s difficult to see what will happen in this second leg, as Ajax showed they clearly can score goals against the top teams, they put 5 past Madrid over the two legs aswell as 4 past Bayern in the group stages. Juventus however offer a completely different threat this season. Even when they aren’t at their best you can always count on Cristiano to pop up with the goods, as he did in the first leg with some superb movement to latch onto Cancelo’s cross to fire Juve into the lad, before Ajax’s prompt equaliser seconds after half time. Ajax have to score in this leg, so it will be interesting to see if they approach it in a similar manner to the Madrid game and just go all out from the get go. One thing is for sure these youngsters play with absolutely zero fear, and it is a credit to the Ajax academy which has created superstars such as Zlatan, Suarez, Cruyff and many more.
Juventus are looking to end their recent history in the Champions League which has seen them qualify for 2 finals now in the last 4 seasons, however they came out the losing side in both against Spanish opposition. If Ajax were to qualify here it would be the first time the club have reached the Semi-finals ever in the competition. It would really put Ajax back on the map in terms of top European sides.
Juve are missing captain Giorgio Chiellini as he is still out with injury. Emre Can has also been out recently and is a doubt for the tie.
Ajax have no injuries currently, which is a perfect position to be in at this stage of the season.
Potential Juve Starting XI: Szczesny, Alex Sandro, Bonucci, Rugani, Cancelo, Matuidi, Pjanic, Bentancur, Bernardeschi, Ronaldo, Mandzukic
Potential Ajax Starting XI: Onana, Veltman, De Ligt, Blind, Tagliafico, De Jong, Schone, Ziyech, Tadic, Neres, Dolberg
Head To Head
- The Previous leg finished 1-1.
- Prior to the first leg the sides had met 4 other times in the 21st century, with Juventus coming out victories 3 times and a 0-0 draw.
Key Stats & Facts
- Juve come into the game after only their second loss of the season, against a very poor Spal side, having rested most of their expected starting 11.
- Ajax have closed the gap in their domestic league against PSV to be on identical points in recent weeks to compliment their strong European form.
- This is the joint best campaign Ajax have ever had in Europe, and progression here would create history for the Dutchmen.
- Juve 3/4
- Draw 29/10
- Ajax 9/2
I do expect it to be a close game, but it’s hard to see how the home side don’t come out on top.
One angle I do like the look of id halftime/fulltime to be draw/Juventus. The game was a cagey affair in the opening 45 minutes of the first leg, and it took until minutes before half time for the deadlock to be broken. Juventus have only scored two goals before 45 minutes in their last 5 matches. Ajax have shown they can defend resolutely and aren’t a push over, and with an away goal to their name Juventus won’t be in a rush to score.
Another bet is on the main man himself, Cristiano. He was the first goalscorer in the first leg and I’m backing him to repeat the feat again. We can get just short of 3/1 on him to be the first goalscorer which looks a great price in a game that is likely to be very close. He was also the first and only goalscorer in the previous round when his hat-trick saw Juventus break Atletico hearts to overturn a 2 goal deficit from the first leg.