The first leg between the Netherland and Spanish team finished 1:2 in Real Madrid’s favour, who will hope to retain the lead they got in Amsterdam tonight when they face off against Ajax in the 2nd leg of the Champions League 1/8 finals at Santiago Bernabeu.
Real Madrid are coming into this match after a disappointing loss to Barcelona in the “El Classico” on Saturday. Despite having the majority of chances in the match, Real failed to produce a goal against their rivals, who bested them only 3 days prior in the Copa del Rey (0:3). With yet another defeat in LaLiga, Real Madrid are 10 points from reaching the league leaders Barcelona, who more or less cemented their position as this season’s champions. Despite their poor performances in LaLiga, Real are still the most successful team in the Champions League with 13 titles in the course of their history. As it stands now, Real are in a great position to advance into the next stage of the tournament, as they get to face Ajax at Santiago Bernabeu, where they will arrive with a goal advantage (1:2). It’s not a secret Real Madrid have some issues in the club, but they are still in a good form, which is far more important.
Ajax are coming into this match with nothing to lose and a lot to gain. After a disappointing 1:2 loss in Amsterdam, they will be chasing a chance to advance into the next stage which will only happen if they manage to upset Real with 2 goals, while Los Blancos fail to score a goal of their own. That, of course, is unlikely, to say the least. After the 1:2 defeat against Real Madrid, Ajax went on and win 5:0 against Breda and 1:5 against Den Haag in the next 2 league matches. They also added a 0:3 win over Feyenoord in the KNVM Beker semi-finals, so it’s safe to say they will come into this match in a good shape. Looking at their Eredivisie campaign, Ajax are just 5 points behind the league leaders PSV with only 11 rounds left till the end of the league. From what we have seen fro Ajax recently, they have got a good chance to catch up to PSV and grab yet another Eredivisie title, but for now, they will focus on upsetting Real Madrid and hope for a miracle promotion in the next stage of the tournament.
Ajax are coming into this match with nothing to lose, which is why we could see them to go full out-attack and chase the deficit from the 1st leg. This, of course, will leave them exposed to Real Madrid counterattack, who I do not expect to defend the result, but rather leave a statement tonight. With all the issues in the club and 2 consecutive defeats against their arch rivals against Barcelona, Real cannot afford to underperform yet again tonight. While a draw would be enough for them to advance, I expect Real to utilize their offence and defeat Ajax once more, only this time with more than just a goal margin.
Prediction: Real Madrid -1.00 Asian Handicap
Odds: 2.04 Pinnacle
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