In the premier class, the first four quarter-finalists this season are determined this week. The big goal of all 16 remaining teams is the Wanda Metroplitano Stadium of Atletico Madrid. Especially for defending champion Real Madrid, a final in the stadium of the big city rivals would be a special incentive. In addition, the UEFA Champions League – even this season – probably the last chance the season still halfway to save. The return leg between Real Madrid and Ajax Amsterdam will take place on Tuesday at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu.
Real Madrid vs Ajax Amsterdam Champions League
Interestingly, the Tuesday night is not in the sign of champions. Because only in two of the eight knockout stages is no national champions represented, this is the case both in this duel between Real and Ajax, as well as in the parallel match between BVB and the Tottenham Hotspurs. Not only thanks to Toni Kroos Germany will be represented in the round of 16 in Madrid, but also thanks to the German referee Felix Brych. Of course, the favorite role is clearly the defending champion. A home win for Real Madrid against Ajax Amsterdam offers odds of 1.65.
Real Madrid – Statistics & Current Form
The pressure on the shoulders of the Royal on Tuesday night is enormous. Because within just seven days of the reigning champions could put the season completely in the sand. Because the last week was for the spoiled for success fans of the Royal pure torture. Both in the return leg of the Spanish Copa del Rey and in La Liga Real Madrid had to take a defeat against arch-rivals from Barcelona. Real has not only lost two title chances, but for the first time in 87 years the Catalans are now leading in direct comparison with Real Madrid. The two defeats to the Blaugrana were already home defeat five and six this season, so there was already a home defeat more than in the entire previous year’s season.
The departure of Cristiano Ronaldo still can not be compensated. For 335 minutes, Real Madrid has not left the game. In the league in 26 games even “only” 43 goals were scored. This does not meet the high standards. Actors like Gareth Bale or Karim Benzema are among the fans “down through”. Bale acts lax and withdrawn, Benzema arouses a lot, but flees repeatedly on the wing and thus there is an orphaned storm center.
However, the Champions League could be the right way to get back on track. After all, Real has not only won the title in the last three years, but has also reached the semi-finals eight times in a row. Only six of the last 40 CL games ended in defeat. At home, the record with 36 wins, six draws and only three defeats in the last 45 games is absolutely impressive. In addition, the much greater experience speaks for the Kings. In this respect, a prediction on the home win between Real Madrid and Ajax Amsterdam is understandable.
“The young players are pushing. Time passes, people see new players. That happens in football, but also in normal life. ” – Santiago Solari
Personnel must captain Sergio Ramos after his desired yellow card not just a game, but their two pause. Otherwise, there are no failures (neither locks nor injuries). Nevertheless, Solari might be a bit mixed up. Bale is probably not an issue after his listless Clasico kick. Toni Kroos also got fat from Solari after replacing him (in minute 55).
Expected formation of Real Madrid:
Courtois – Reguilon, Vallejo, Varane, Carvajal – Modric, Casemiro, Kroos – Vinicius Junior, Benzema, Vazquez
Last matches of Real Madrid:
- 02.03.2019 – Real Madrid vs. FC Barcelona 0: 1 (La Liga)
- 27.02.2019 – Real Madrid vs. FC Barcelona 0: 3 (Copa del Rey)
- 24.02.2019 – Levante Vs. Real Madrid 1: 2 (La Liga)
- 17.02.2019 – Real Madrid vs. Girona 1: 2 (La Liga)
- 13.02.2019 – Ajax vs Real Madrid 1: 2 (Champions League)
Ajax Amsterdam – Statistics & Current Form
When Ajax Amsterdam last won a knockout match in the UEFA Champions League, much of Eric ten Hag’s team was not even born. The last victory was achieved by the world-famous youth smith from Amsterdam in the 1996/97 season, when Atletico Madrid was defeated. Since then, Ajax remained in the knockout phase of the premier class in seven games without a win (two draws, five defeats). However, reaching the round of 16 in this season can undoubtedly be regarded as a great success. After all, Ajax remained in the group stage against Bayern Munich twice without defeat. For the first time since the 2005/06 season, the Dutch vice champion is back in the knockout stage of the premier class.
So that the team can prepare themselves for this enormously important play in Madrid in the best way, the Dutch federation Ajax came to meet. The league match against PEC Zwolle was postponed from March 2nd to March 13th. A perfect preparation should be granted. Confidence should not be lacking at Ajax Amsterdam right now. After the start in the calendar year 2019 did not go as desired (4: 4 against Heerenveen, 2: 6 against Feyenoord) it was last again as desired. Last week, the Cup final was fixed with a 3: 0 victory at Feyenoord Rotterdam.
Nevertheless, the memories of Spanish teams are by no means positive. Only two of the last 15 games (twelve defeats, one draw) have been won against teams from southern Europe. Ajax Amsterdam has suffered major failures on Tuesday. The underdog can act in full squats. A progress would still be a huge sensation. But for Real Madrid and Ajax Amsterdam the tip on the first knockout victory in the premier class for 22 years should be right. In addition, Ajax will have to score at least twice on the first leg result. Since the first leg defeat, however, the offensive has presented in a bear-strong condition and scored 13 goals in three games.
Expected formation of Ajax Amsterdam:
Onana – Tagliafico, Blind, de Ligt, Mazraoui – Beautiful, de Jong – Neres, van de Beek, Ziyech – Tadic
Last matches of Ajax Amsterdam:
- 27.02.2019 – Feyenoord vs Ajax Amsterdam 0: 3 (Cup)
- 24.02.2019 – ADO The Hague Vs. Ajax Amsterdam 1: 5 (Eredivisie)
- 17.02.2019 – Ajax vs NAC Breda 5: 0 (Eredivisie)
- 13.02.2019 – Ajax vs Real Madrid 1: 2 (Champions League)
- 09.02.2019 – Heracles Almelo vs. Ajax Amsterdam 1: 0 (Eredivisie)
Real Madrid vs Ajax Amsterdam Direct comparison
For the first time, the two teams faced each other in the season 1967/68 in the predecessor competition of the UEFA Champions League. Real Madrid prevailed more than 50 years ago in the knockout duel in extra time. The return match on Tuesday evening at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium will be the 14th encounter. With eight wins compared to only four defeats, the white ballet has the nose in the direct comparison quite clearly forward.
Also on Tuesday, Real has the advantage on their side. Karim Benzema’s lead was equalized by Morocco’s Hakim Ziyech, but Ajax had no answer against the late Asensio goal. Real opened the door to the quarter-finals with a 2-1 away win. Before the return match between Real Madrid and Ajax Amsterdam, the odds of advancing the Royal are just over 1.10!
Real Madrid vs Ajax Amsterdam Betting Tips and Predictions Analysed
Three home defeats in a row are an absolute rarity for Real Madrid. Luckily, after the bankruptcies against Girona and Barcelona twice, the Royal team will not be competing against a team from Catalonia this time round. But the fact is that the Solari-Elf has to significantly improve the chances of winning. Otherwise, there will be more white art of white ballet. Despite the weak results, the bookmakers are convinced of a home win. Odds of 1.65 are offered between Real Madrid and Ajax Amsterdam, which implies a 61% probability of winning.
Key Facts – Real Madrid vs Ajax Amsterdam tips
The last three home games have all been lost to Real Madrid!
Thanks to a late Asensio match, Real Madrid won the first leg 2-1!
1996/97 Ajax celebrated the last victory in the knockout phase of the premier class!
Although Ajax Amsterdam was able to beat Bayern Munich twice in the autumn, there is no denying the quality difference. Especially in terms of experience, Real Madrid has clear advantages. Playful Ajax Amsterdam is indeed very strong, but in such “big” games, the youngsters rarely convince. Although Ajax has more experience on the pitch in 2018/19 thanks to players like Blind, the Hunter or even Tadic, the journey in the premier class on Tuesday will nevertheless come to an end. Real has to find his way out of the crisis and will not risk the last chance to win the title. With the necessary seriousness, the Spanish top club will prevail. Six units are bet on the tip of the home win between Real Madrid and Ajax Amsterdam!
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