Ajax v Real Madrid – Johan Cruijff Arena at 20:00 (UTC/GMT)
A grand historic moment is set to take place at Amsterdam on Wednesday as Eredivisie club Ajax will host La Liga champions Real Madrid to continue their Champions League campaigns.
I Lancieri stand at the second place of the Dutch top-tier, having only beaten thrice. Their latest match in the Eredivisie went to a 1-0 loss against Heracles Almelo last Saturday. They also lost 6-2 to Feyenoord from the previous month. Ajax, however, stung VVV-Venlo 6-0 earlier this month.
Ajax are also unbeaten in the Champions League. Last December, they shared a 3-3 draw with Bayern Munich. In November, they had a 0-2 win over AEK Athens and a 1-1 draw with Benfica.
On the other hand, Real Madrid are bragging a five-game winning streak. Their last loss was a 0-2 to Real Sociedad earlier in the previous month. They have victories over Real Betis 1-2, Sevilla 2-0, Espanyol 2-4, as well as against Alaves 3-0 and Atletico Madrid 1-3.
In the UEFA Champions League, Real Madrid have been beaten twice already with two losses both to CSKA Moscow 0-3 and 1-0. They have four wins though so far with two wins over Roma 3-0 and 0-2, as well as another pair of victory over Viktoria Plzen 2-1 and 0-5.
– Ajax right-back Noussair Mazroui recovered well enough to be sidelined on the bench in the team’s defeat to Heracles last Saturday. He will most likely be featured here.
– Real Madrid midfielder Isco has back troubles and had doubtful appearance on Wednesday.
– Ajax midfielder Carel Eiting is injured on the knee with unknown expected date of return.
– Los Blancos defensive midfielder Marcos Llorente has a torn abductor muscle and is not expected to play again for the team until 25th February.
– Ajax center-back Lisandro Magallan is also injured with thigh problems with no certain date of return.
– Gareth Bale is no longer a strong contender for the starting XI of Madrid and will wait in the bench.
PROBABLE FORMATION AND STARTING XI
André Onana, Nicolás Tagliafico, Daley Blind, Matthijs De Ligt, Rasmus Kristensen, Frenkie de Jong, Donny van de Beek, Lasse Schöne, Dušan Tadić, Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, Hakim Ziyech
Real Madrid: 4-3-3
Thibaut Courtois, Daniel Carvajal, Raphaël Varane, Sergio Ramos, Sergio Reguilón, Luka Modrić, Casemiro, Toni Kroos, Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema, Vinícius Júnior
Dušan Tadić is the Lancers’ top scorer already scoring 22 goals out of 35 appearances. Out of his 21 appearances in the current Dutch top-tier season, he already made 13 goals and seven assists. He also played six times in the Champions League from which he scored five goals and two assists.
Klaas-Jan Huntelaar is next to Tadic in the ranking of the top-scorers in Ajax. out of his 31 plays in the current season, he made 15 goals. He appeared 19 times in the Eredivisie and scored ten goals and an assist. He also played three times in the Champions League from which he made two assists.
Karim Benzema has scored 18 goals out of his 37 appearances for Los Blancos. He already made 10 goals and three assists out of his 23 appearances in La Liga, as well as three goals and two assists out of six plays for the team’s Champions League campaign.
Gareth Bale already made 12 goals out of his 28 appearances in the current season. Out of his 18 plays for La Liga, he made six goals and two assists. He also appeared five times in the team’s Champions League campaign and made three goals and two assists.
Ajax 2-2 Real Madrid
Real Madrid have a much better performance than the Dutch club, being a second-placer in one of the most high-quality leagues in Europe. There are all the reasons to think that Los Blancos will do good in this match considering that out of their eight aways games, they have five matches in which they scored at least four goals. Ajax will also be strong force on Wednesday as they had just held Bayern Munich into draws twice in the current Champions League season.
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