Kick-off: 2000, 17/09/2019
Stadium: Johan Cruyff Arena
TV: BT Sport
Ajax have had to work hard to get back to the Champions League pool stage but now look to have been handed a nice start to Group H when hosting Lille.
The visitors are competing at this level for the first time in seven seasons and have lost both domestic away matches played so far this season.
Christophe Galtier’s side failed to score in either of those games, so 3/2 for a home win to nil is our initial Ajax vs Lille prediction.
A Look At Ajax’s Betting Odds
Ajax were solid at Johan Cruyff Arena during last season’s group campaign, beating Benfica 1-0 and AEK Athens 3-0, as well as drawing 3-3 with Bayern Munich.
The four-time European champions went on to upset Real Madrid and Juventus in the knockout rounds, before narrowly losing out to Tottenham in the semis.
Like last term, Erik ten Hag’s team have had to come through the qualifiers and were pushed all the way by PAOK Salonika before prevailing 5-4 on aggregate, via an 85th-minute penalty in the second leg.
A goalless draw at Apoel Nicosia was then followed by a 2-0 triumph in Amsterdam and Ajax are unbeaten since losing to Spurs in May.
The Dutch title holders are top of the Eredivisie again with 13 points from five games and Saturday’s 4-1 defeat of Heerenveen made it five straight home wins in all competitions.
Much-vaunted youngsters Frenkie de Jong and Matthijs de Ligt moved on for big money over the summer, but Netherlands winger Quincy Promes has been added to a strong and settled forward line.
Former Southampton star Dusan Tadic has scored in seven of his nine appearances for the club this season and 7/2 for him to net first appeals from the Ajax vs Lille odds.
A Look At Lille’s Betting Odds
Lille enjoyed an incredible upturn in fortunes after going from narrowly avoiding relegation two seasons ago to finishing as Ligue 1 runners-up last term.
Admittedly, they did trail PSG by 16 points, but beating Lyon to second place was still an admirable feat.
The current campaign has begun with a creditable three wins from five domestic outings, but the big concern is two away losses, going down 1-0 at Amiens and 2-0 at Reims.
Jose Fonte is a familiar face in defence, but the former Crystal Palace, Southampton and West Ham centre-half is now 35.
Enigmatic midfielder Renato Sanches has been given another chance to rebuild his career, while ex-Chelsea striker Loic Remy could figure after recovering from a muscle injury.
Summer signing Victor Osimhen has been in fine goalscoring form, while fellow young forward Jonathan Ikone netted on his debut for France in a recent Euro 2020 qualifier versus Albania.
An injury to Timothy Weah is unfortunate, but Jonathan Bamba is another front man with a growing reputation.
However, we just feel the visitors will be dominated in midfield in Amsterdam and that will restrict the service going forward.
Let’s finish off our Ajax vs Lille betting tips by taking 27/4 for a 2-0 home win.
AJAX 4-1 Heerenveen – Dusan Tadic, Nicolas Tagliafico (2), Perr Schuurs
LILLE 2-1 Angers – Victor Osimhen, Luiz Araujo
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