9th December 2020 – 18:55, Johan Cruijff Arena, Amsterdam
Ajax is going to host Atalanta in the final round of the Champions League group stage on Wednesday evening. The winner of this match will secure a place in the eight-finals, and both teams will search for points from it.
Match Preview & Team News
After six straight victories, Ajax tied two defeats in a row, and that is not an encouraging moment for the hosts ahead to the most important match in this part of the season. They first lost at Anfield, while Twente booked a surprising win at Johan Cruijff Arena last weekend. Erik Ten Hag’s still tops the Eredivisie table, but they need to chase for a victory in this one to secure one of the top two spots in the group. A double triumph against Midtjylland brought them six points, while Ajax snatched the point in Bergamo after a 2:2 draw. They could have easily got back with a win, but they spilled a 2:0 lead. Dusan Tadic and the lads are very efficient this season, especially in the domestic championship. However, the hosts need to get back on the winning track if they want to book a ticket for the eight-finals.
Atalanta had more time to prepare for this clash since they didn’t play their Serie A match last weekend. The visitors are one point ahead of their next opponents, and a draw could see them progressing further in the competition. However, they also cannot be proud of their latest form since Atalanta has been pretty inconsistent lately. Gian Piero Gasperini’s side celebrated just twice on the past nine occasions, and interestingly, both victories came at the away grounds. Despite losing 5:0 against Liverpool at home, they managed to win all three points at Anfield just one round later. That’s how Atalanta is unpredictable. Luis Muriel and the lads are very productive in front of the oppositions’ goal this season, but they concede a lot as well. Last time, they were just one step away from the semi-finals, but can they get into the knockout stage again?
Full-Time Winner Odds & Prediction
The stake in this clash is very high, as the winner will continue its Champions League campaign. We think Ajax is a bit closer to the victory, and they should be able to deliver it.
Goals Market Prediction
Atalanta won’t be focused just on defending its net and will search for the chance to score. Since both sides are very efficient in the final third, we believe that neither of the teams will be able to keep the clean sheet.
Ajax vs Atalanta
Ajax to win @ 2.25
BTTS Yes @ 1.45
Correct score 3:2 @ 19.00