Real Madrid v Ajax Betting Preview, Odds & Tips | 05/03/19
Ben Swain (@Swaaainn) previews Real Madrid v Ajax and provides us with his best bets for this Champions League Last 16 second leg, by analysing team news, potential line-ups, head-to-head, key stats and facts and more.
Real Madrid v Betting Preview, Odds & Tips
- Date: 05/03/2019
- Time: 20:00
- Venue: Santiago Bernabéu Stadium
- Channel: BT Sport 3
Real Madrid chase their only realistic target left for Silverware this season, the Champions League, as they host Ajax in the second leg of this last 16 tie.
The current holders take a 2-1 lead to the Santiago Bernabéu for the second leg but have been left with just the Champions League to fight for after being knocked out of the Copa Del Rey as well as being 12 points behind the La Liga leaders.
Ironically, Bale’s start for Madrid in the latest El Clasico on Saturday could well strengthen the argument for his side’s progression in the Champions League.
The Welshman returned to the starting line-up to face league leaders Barcelona but was unable to stop them extending their lead over Madrid in La Liga to 12 points and arguably beyond their reach. His return is made even more surprising when the Welshman has started all but one Champions League fixture so far this season but was on the bench for the Copa Del Rey semi-final on Wednesday, once again against Barcelona.
Bale started the first leg of this tie, the only time Ajax have failed to take all three points in their last five matches.
Ajax’s will be well prepared for this match also. Their last match was 6 days before the kick-off of this fixture, a victory which saw them qualify for the KNVB cup final in May.
Dusan Tadic, formerly of Southampton, leads the line for Ajax while former Manchester United defender, Daley Blind, marshall’s the defence.
Bale’s position in the starting XI has been seized by Vinicius Jr since the first leg.
Sergio Ramos is suspended, but is most likely to be replaced by the returning Nacho.
Marcos Llorente is injured.
Hassane Bande, Carel Eiting and Lisandro Magallan are all injured.
Potential Real Madrid Starting XI: Courtois, Reguilón, Nacho, Varane, Carvajal, Kroos, Casemiro, Modric, Junior, Benzema, Vazquez
Potential Ajax Starting XI: Onana, Tagliafico, Blind, De. Ligt, Mazraoui, Schone, De. Jong, Ziyech, van de Beek, Neres, Tadic
Head To Head
- Despite only having 3 victories to Ajax’s 4 in their previous fixtures, Madrid currently hold the bragging rights with their 2-1 victory in the first leg of this last 16 tie.
Key Stats & Facts
- Madrid have won this competitions for all of the previous 3 seasons. They’ve won 4 of the last 5.
- Real Madrid 4/6
- Draw 10/3
- Ajax 23/5
I fancy the current holders to ease through this tie by winning the second leg also. This competition is their priority, even more so now it is their only competition to compete for.
Gareth Bale’s sudden reintroduction to the first team, in the league, suggests Madrid’s focus on the Champions League while Nacho’s return coincidentally coincides with Ramos’ European suspension. Sergio Ramos’ yellow card in the first leg does look suspicious and would support just how much attention Madrid are paying to the Champions League.
Ajax have to come out and try something in this game which will open it up, so expect goals.
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