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Juventus v Ajax

Champions League: Wed, 16/04  StadiumAllianz Stadium

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The home side look reasonably priced to win in 90 minutes at 8/11 with Bet365, and with a refreshed Cristiano Ronaldo in their side will fancy their chances of getting the job done in normal time. Juventus have wobbled at times in the Champions League whilst Ajax have shown a menace in attack, so both teams to score at 3/4 also looks merits a second look, available again with Bet365.

*Odds correct at time of publication.

Italian giants Juventus look to take their now almost customary position in the last four of the Champions League as they welcome an exciting Ajax side to the Allianz Stadium for the second leg of their last eight clash.

The Old Lady there for the taking?

Despite being one of the most consistent teams in the Champions League in recent seasons, the home side are showing signs of increasing vulnerability in Europe, something that will encourage their opponents. Already in this campaign they have slipped to three defeats in the Champions League, losing at home to Manchester United and surprisingly, Young Boys of Switzerland in the group stages, and 2-0 away to Atletico Madrid in the first leg of the Round of 16.

Whilst a Cristiano Ronaldo inspired hat-trick pulled Juve back from the brink against Atletico Madrid, the manner of some of those losses will be of concern to the ‘Old Lady’. In central defence in particular, there is a lack of pace and mobility as the now advancing in years Leonardo Bonucci and Giorgio Chiellini both the wrong side of 30. Against a young and vibrant Ajax side they will be in for another testing evening.

Ajax battling for domestic and European glory

Not only are the Dutch giants looking for their first Semi-Final appearance in the Champions League since 1996-97 season, they are also involved in a thrilling race to retain their domestic title. A run of four successive league wins has wrestled control back of top spot from bitter rivals PSV Eindhoven, who have crucially stumbled with a defeat and draw among their last four results. A 6-2 win for Ajax at the weekend, featuring a hat-trick for veteran striker Klaas Jan-Huntelaar left Ajax leading the way on goal difference, although they lost Frenkie de Jong to a hamstring injury in the first half.

Team News

Juventus were content to rest several first team regulars as they went down to a surprise 2-1 defeat at SPAL, a result that cost them the chance to wrap up the Serie A title with six games to spare. Cristiano Ronaldo was amongst those rested, but the star striker will be back for the second leg, seeking to add to his eight goals in five previous matches against Ajax, including finding the net in the first leg. Young starlet Moises Kean found the net again in that game and will be pushing for a starting berth.

For Ajax the potential loss of Frenkie de Jong leaves a gaping hole in midfield. The Barcelona bound midfielder was one of the star performers in the first leg. His likely absence will severely dent Ajax’s hopes, with his replacement on Saturday, rookie nineteen year old Jurgen Ekkelenkamp untested at this level.

Old Lady to get the job done

Despite their sensational performance dispatching holders Real Madrid 3-1 at the Bernabeu Stadium in the last round, Ajax are likely to find the the going much tougher here against their canny opponents. The likes of Dusan Tadic will not be afforded as much space and freedom as they enjoyed away from home in the last round, and with Cristiano Ronaldo in their ranks the home side will always fancy their chances of pulling off a win.

With most of their key players rested as well on the weekend, the home side will come out and look to match their youthful opponents stride for stride, something an ageing Madrid side were unable to do in the last round. It promises to be an entertaining clash that the Old Lady should just about edge with their superior experience and ‘Ronaldo factor’.

The home side look reasonably priced to win in 90 minutes at 8/11 with Bet365, and with a refreshed Cristiano Ronaldo in their side will fancy their chances of getting the job done in normal time. Juventus have wobbled at times in the Champions League whilst Ajax have shown a menace in attack, so both teams to score at 3/4 also looks merits a second look, available again with Bet365.

*Odds correct at time of publication.

 

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