Kick-off: 2000, 02/10/2019
TV: BT Sport
Valencia gave a huge boost to their hopes of progressing out of Champions League Group H with victory over Chelsea but that may have papered over the cracks and Ajax will provide another tough test.
Morale in the camp appeared an issue heading into the opening match but the Spanish side still managed to secure a 1-0 win at Stamford Bridge.
They are favourites to follow that with three more points on home soil but the Dutch side also made a winning start and we think the value is with a draw at 23/10 as our opening Valencia vs Ajax prediction.
A Look At Valencia’s Betting Odds
Valencia arrived in London for the Chelsea game in a certain amount of disarray.
The players refused to attend the pre-match press conference in the wake of the previous week’s sacking of popular manager Marcelino, who led them to Copa del Rey success and secured Champions League qualification last season.
Former Real Madrid assistant Albert Celades was named as his successor and suffered a 5-2 defeat against Barcelona in his first match in charge.
It was a different story at Stamford Bridge, though, where Rodrigo’s goal proved enough to secure victory, although they were grateful to Ross Barkley for missing a late penalty.
That was followed by a 1-1 draw at home to Leganes, who had failed to pick up a point from their opening four matches, and two wins from their first seven domestic games suggests Valencia will struggle to contend for a European place this season.
The team has plenty of experience, though, and with Valencia and Ajax having both won their opening match, a draw would not be a bad result for either of them.
In a cagey contest, a stalemate at both half-time and full-time appeals in the Valencia vs Ajax odds at 4/1.
A Look At Ajax’s Betting Odds
Ajax famously reached the semi-finals of the Champions League last season and were agonisingly close to making the final until Tottenham broke their hearts.
They had to get past PAOK Salonika and Apoel Nicosia to reach the group stage and on both occasions they drew the away leg, before completing the job in Amsterdam.
Their home form did not let them down in their opening group game either, as they claimed a 3-0 victory over Lille.
Quincy Promes headed them into an early lead before second-half goals from Edson Alvarez and Nicolas Tagliafico completed the job.
They have made a solid start in the Eredivisie and are unbeaten in Holland’s top flight, but settled for draws at Vitesse Arnhem on the opening weekend and more recently at PSV Eindhoven.
Promes was again on target against PSV in a 1-1 draw and the same scoreline in Spain at 6/1 completes our Valencia vs Ajax betting tips.
Last Champions League result:
Chelsea 0-1 VALENCIA – Rodrigo
AJAX 3-0 Lille – Quincy Promes, Edson Alvarez, Nicolas Tagliafico
Head-to-head: Ajax 1-1 Valencia, Valencia 1-1 Ajax
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