Ajax Vs Juventus | Champions League Betting Predictions & Odds
Young upstarts collide with prestige and history in this salivating Champions League tie as both teams completed a seemingly impossible task in the round of sixteen to set up this rendezvous in the quarter-final: Juventus came back from a 2-0 defeat off the back of an incredible performance by Cristiano Ronaldo while Ajax cut off the head of the Real Madrid dragon, scoring four goals away from home to vanquish the back-to-back-to-back European champions. While the Bianconeri are favored for the tie overall for a variety of reasons, the first leg in Amsterdam is shaping up to be a finely poised affair.
Ajax Vs Juventus Betting Predictions
With two finals appearances in four years alongside a quarter-final elimination to the eventual winners, Juventus have clearly established themselves as a European heavyweight after securing total domestic hegemony. For Juve, it’s business as usual: they’ve pretty much wrapped up their domestic campaign for all intents and purposes with an eighteen-point lead over second-placed Napoli. Clearly, their sights are on the Champions League, a goal that’s become quite a lot more attainable thanks to the blockbuster signing of Cristiano Ronaldo.
a twelve-game unbeaten streak in the league is inevitable.
Of course, the Portuguese superstar may very well miss out on the first leg, having been confirmed as a “major doubt” by Massimiliano Allegri after the striker suffered an injury to his right thigh in a Euro 2020 qualifier against Serbia. He was essential in the Italians’ comeback against Atletico Madrid the last time around, and that two-goal loss in the first leg away from home was a rare black mark on the Bianconeri’s result sheet.
Meanwhile, the young Dutch team may have taken on the role of kingslayers in the round of 16, but don’t let this fool you: as impressive as their victory was over Real Madrid, it had just as much to do with Los Merengues’ aging squad and subpar manager than anything else. That being said, Ajax’s home record is fairly impressive in the Champions League this season with two wins and a high-scoring draw against Bayern Munich in the group stage, and their defeat against the Spaniards in the first leg of the round of sixteen was also a fairly contentious affair.
It’s entirely possible that they can nick a result this time around – especially if Ronaldo is confirmed to miss out, something you pretty much won’t be able to guarantee until the team sheets are submitted –, though they remain clear underdogs overall when it comes to advancing to the semi-final. Keep an eye out for Dušan Tadić: the Serbian midfielder’s performance at the Santiago Bernabeu drew rave reviews from the commentariat, and he could very well have a field day against the fairly old Juve backline. Overall, we can’t look past Juventus for this game and the tie overall, though the first leg could spring a surprise once again.
- Money line: Ajax +234 vs. Juventus +110 (Draw: +225)
- Date: Sunday, April 10, 2019
- Game time: 3:00 PM ET
- Venue: Amsterdam Arena, Amsterdam
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