Tonight’s fixture will determine the first team in this year’s Champions League quarter finals with Madrid leading 2-1 after a tense first fixture at the Johan Cruyff Arena.
Ajax’s record against Real Madrid is simply woeful, in the 7 most recent meetings Ajax haven’t picked up a single point and you’ll be going 24 years back to see their last victory against Los Blancos.
Sergio Ramos’ tragic disregard of discipline has come back to bite him with the Spanish defender suspended for the game today and an additional game added from the UEFA for his seemingly intentional booking in the first leg. Karim Benzema is the fourth highest UCL scorer of all time and the Frenchman really seems to thrive in this competition, he’s bagged 4 this season so far and scored the opener in the away leg.
Ajax’s attacking threat is their key asset with former Southampton playmaker Dusan Tadic sitting as the competition’s third top scorer with 5 goals and has also scored 24 goals across his 36 games played in all competitions. Hakim Ziyech has had 14 shots in the competition so far, also the third highest in that department and has managed to bag himself 17 goals in all competitions aswell.
As per Ramos, Ajax have a huge issue with discipline. In this year’s UCL alone, Ajax have picked up 2.57 yellow cards a game on average which will get increasingly relevant in the latter stages of the competition.
9 of Ajax’s last 10 games have seen over 2.5 goals with Madrid seeing over 2.5 in 9 of their last 11 with the last 6 meetings between the clubs also having over 2.5. In the group stage, both teams conceded 0.83 goals a game which slides the feeling towards both teams scoring.
Karim Benzema to score anytime,
Dusan Tadic to score anytime,
Ajax over 2.5 Cards
Real Madrid win.
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