Kick-off: 2000, 05/03/2019
Stadium: Santiago Bernabeu
TV: BT Sport
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Real Madrid must recover from two quick El Clasico defeats when hosting Ajax in the Champions League but do have the benefit of being 2-1 up from the first leg.
The promising, young Dutch outfit did impress in Amsterdam, though, so if they can handle the pressure of playing at the Bernabeu, we should be in for another cracking contest.
However, the Whites are expected to have an edge in class, so 29/20 for them to win and both teams to score again is our initial Real Madrid vs Ajax prediction.
A Look At Real Madrid’s Betting Odds
Real went down 1-0 to arch-rivals Barcelona in La Liga at this venue on Saturday evening after losing 3-0 in the second leg of their Copa del Rey semi-final on Wednesday.
That means a fourth straight European triumph is all they have left to play for, but Sergio Ramos remained upbeat regarding their overall form.
He told the club’s official website: “We dominated the whole time at the Camp Nou and here, but at the end of the day, you’ve got to put the ball away.”
Goals from Karim Benzema and Marco Asensio at Johan Cruyff Arena did at least put Real in pole position to reach the quarter-finals of this competition.
Thibaut Courtois admitted the Whites had been given a tough work-out, though, with the former Chelsea keeper declaring: “I like Ajax very much.
“They pressed us really high, it was hard to find space and keep the ball and they played really well.
“They had chances, I made some good saves and we were lucky to win the game!”
It should be another high-tempo contest at the Bernabeu and 19/20 for a home win and over 2.5 goals in the game is a solid option from the Real Madrid vs Ajax odds.
A Look At Ajax’s Betting Odds
Ajax will look back on the opening encounter with great pride – and more than a touch of frustration.
A header from Nicolas Tagliafico was ruled out by VAR, apparently because Dusan Tadic was in an offside position and standing in front of Courtois as the ball looped in.
In a vibrant display, the Dutch outfit hit the woodwork through Tadic, tested Courtois frequently and dominated for long spells.
The four-time winners did not look like a team in the knockout stages for the first time in 13 years and still have a slim chance of progressing thanks to Hakim Ziyech’s goal.
Ajax boss Erik Ten Hag was bemused by the VAR decision and added: “We dominated, forced many chances…this was perhaps our best game of this season.”
The group-stage evidence suggests the visitors will give it a go again, beating AEK Athens in Greece and drawing at Bayern Munich and Dynamo Kiev.
Recent domestic efforts have also been eye-catching, with Ajax netting 10 times in Eredivisie wins over NEC Breda and Den Haag before beating Feyenoord 3-0 away in the Dutch Cup.
However, the nagging feeling is that they missed their big chance to dethrone Real back in the Netherlands.
Let’s finish off our Real Madrid vs Ajax betting tips by taking 21/2 for a 3-1 home victory.
AJAX 1-2 REAL MADRID – Hakim Ziyech + Karim Benzema, Marco Asensio
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