Juventus v Ajax Champions League Betting Preview

Martin Green

Sunday, April 14, 2019 5:13 PM UTC

Sunday, Apr. 14, 2019 5:13 PM UTC

Juventus host Ajax in an eagerly anticipated Champions League game on Tuesday night and they are well priced to beat the Dutch side.

<p><strong>Juventus v Ajax</strong><br /><a href="https://www.oddsmarket.com/football/int/uefa-champions-league/juventus-turin-vs-ajax-amsterdam-3750926/?mtid=1">Date: Tuesday, April 16, at 8pm<br />Venue: Allianz Stadium</a></p><h2>First leg recap</h2><p>Cristiano Ronaldo banged in his 125<sup>th</sup> Champions League goal to give Juventus a 1-0 lead on the stroke of half-time in Amsterdam. The goal came against the run of play, as Ajax had controlled the game up until that point, but you can never take your eye off the Portuguese superstar for a second. Yet Ajax came out full of purpose after the interval and David Neres levelled the game within a minute of the restart. Both teams had late chances, with Douglas Costa coming the closest as he saw his shot bounce back off the woodwork, but it finished 1-1.</p><h2>Form guide</h2><p>Juventus suffered a surprise 2-1 defeat at the hands of lowly SPAL at the weekend, but you should not read too much into that result. Manager Massimiliano Allegri rested his entire first team for the game, ensuring they will be fresh for Ajax on Tuesday night. Otherwise Juventus have been close to immaculate this season and they are 17 points clear of Napoli at the top of the table. They are unbeaten at home, with 14 wins and two draws in 16 league games at Allianz Stadium, and Ronaldo fired in a hat-trick to hand them a 3-0 victory over Atletico Madrid there in the last round.</p><p>Ajax are locked in an extremely tight title race with PSV Eindhoven in the Eredivisie, so they did not have the luxury of resting players at the weekend. All their leading lights started as they thrashed Excelsior 6-2, with Klaas-Jan Huntelaar firing in a hat-trick, Dusan Tadic scoring twice and Kasper Dolberg also on target. That extended their winning streak to four league games and they are neck and neck on 74 points apiece with PSV.</p><h2>Team news</h2><p>Juventus have a number of injury concerns, as Giorgio Chiellini, Martin Caceres, Emre Can, and Douglas Costa have all been nursing injuries. Juan Cuadrado is also missing, and Blaise Matuidi limped off in the first leg. It will be interesting to see who Allegri goes with, but he has a deep squad to choose from and the good news is that five time Champions League winner Ronaldo is fit and raring to go.</p><p>Ajax will welcome Noussair Mazraoui back from suspension to play alongside Matthijs de Ligt, Daley Blind and Nicolás Tagliafico in a strong back four. The Dutch side have no injury concerns to worry about, which is a real bonus for Erik ten Hag. He has played Dusan Tadic up front as a false nine in the Champions League, but he might be tempted to start Huntelaar after that hat-trick, with Tadic playing a deeper role.</p><h2>Betting tips</h2><p>Juventus have been utterly brilliant at home this season and odds of 8/11 (1.73) on them winning this game look hugely attractive. Ajax are an exciting team, with a great blend of youth and experience, but home advantage should swing this one in Juventus’ favour. They have twice finished runners-up in this competition in recent years, and now that they have Ronaldo up front they must believe they can go on and win it. They really should be able to get past Ajax on Tuesday.</p>
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