The time’s nearly upon us for Champions League action on Tuesday when Ajax meet Borussia Dortmund.
View all of the Ajax v Borussia Dortmund predictions, poll and stats below - as well as up-to-date odds.
Ajax will be looking for another win after a 0-2 Eredivisie triumph versus SC Heerenveen.
In that game, Ajax managed 64% possession and 15 shots at goal with 3 of them on target. For Ajax, the goals were scored by Sébastien Haller (24') and David Neres (75'). For their opponents, SC Heerenveen got 14 attempts on goal with 5 on target.
A common trait of recent Ajax games is the high number of scores with a nil in them.
From their previous sextet of matches leading up to this one, in as many as 6 of them a wager on both teams scoring would've lost. That kind of trend might not be sustained into this game, of course.
Borussia Dortmund go into this clash after a 3-1 Bundesliga 1 win versus Mainz in their previous outing.
In that match, Borussia Dortmund had 68% possession and 11 attempts at goal with 5 of them on target. For Borussia Dortmund, the scorers were Marco Reus (3') and Erling Haaland (54', 94'). At the other end, 1. FSV Mainz 05 got 5 attempts on goal with 2 of them on target. Jonathan Burkardt (87') scored for Mainz.
Looking at their form, and Borussia Dortmund have been scored against in 5 of their last 6 matches, seeing their opponents hit 6 goals in all. At the back, Borussia Dortmund seem to have a bit of a soft underbelly.
Team News: Ajax
Sean Klaiber (Cruciate Ligament Rupture) and Maarten Stekelenburg (Groin Surgery) aren’t available for Ajax manager Erik ten Hag.
Team News: Borussia Dortmund
Borussia Dortmund boss Marco Rose has to choose a team with limited availability. Raphaël Guerreiro (Unknown Injury), Soumaïla Coulibaly (Cruciate Ligament Rupture), Youssoufa Moukoko (Muscle Injury), Mahmoud Dahoud (Twisted knee), Marcel Schmelzer (Knee Surgery), Giovanni Reyna (Muscle Injury) and Mateu Morey Bauzà (Cruciate Ligament Injury) won’t be making appearances.
Our feeling is that Borussia Dortmund would be disappointed if they were not to put one past this Ajax outfit, but that probably won’t quite be enough to avoid a loss.
We can see a narrow 2-1 winning score for Ajax at the end of this one. Let’s see what happens here.
Our expert partners are tipping under 3.5 goals for this match. Check out their VIP predictions here.
🏟️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Johan Cruijff Arena (55,500)
Captain: Dušan Tadić
Chairman: Frank Eijken
Manager: Erik ten Hag
Competitions: Eredivisie position 1, Champions League (Group C)
🔑 Key Man: Sébastien Haller
Customarily taking up the Striker position, Sébastien Haller was born in Ris Orangis, France. After having made a senior debut playing for AJ Auxerre in the 2012 - 2013 season, the dangerous Forward has struck 5 league goals in this Eredivisie 2021 - 2022 campaign to date coming from a total of 8 appearances.