Liverpool vs Ajax Soccer Predictions and Betting : The last season of the UEFA Champions league wasn’t a particularly good one for the premier league and the Eredivisie clubs. With the main draw games starting next week, they would be hoping to have some success this season by putting up a good fight against other European clubs.
With the draw out, the Group D has the 2018 champions Liverpool accompanied by two top clubs Atalanta and Ajax to pose them a challenge. The Liverpool will start their campaign with a clash against Ajax in an away game. Even though Liverpool is the heavy favorite to go one up given their side, Ajax have all it takes to challenge even the best teams.
On the whole, it looks like a clash between the home advantage Ajax versus a strong and confident Liverpool on Wednesday night.
Ajax vs Liverpool Betting Odds and Predictions
Liverpool vs Ajax Soccer Predictions and Betting : Recent form
Ajax were the best side in Netherlands after finishing 1st in the Eredivisie and a semi-final run in the KNVB Cup. Their campaign in the UCL wasn’t so great with a group stage exit and didn’t make much progress in the Europa league after facing defeat against Getafe in a round of 32 game.
It is time for them to make up for all the humiliation they have faced in the Europe’s biggest tournament by getting off to a flyer. Their 2020 season has got off to an enormous start with 3 wins and a loss in 4 games in Eredivisie that has provided them with enough game time to play against a giant team like Liverpool.
Liverpool had a great 2019 season winning the premier league title comprehensively. But their campaign in UEFA Champions league was fast over when they faced a surprising defeat against the Spanish club Atletico Madrid.
It is a matter of reputation for them to comeback and replicate what they did in 2018-19 season in Europe. The team under Jurgen Klopp has looked a little sloppy coming into the season and are looking to reignite the fire in the side.
In the last 6 games, Liverpool have won 4 games, drew one and lost another. They faced humiliation at the hands of Aston Villa in their last outing when their defense conceded 7 goals in 90 minutes.
Ajax vs Liverpool Soccer Prediction and Betting : Head-to-head
Recent Meeting: Both teams are facing each other for the first time ever with no history between them.
Liverpool vs Ajax Soccer Predictions and Betting : Offensive and defensive stats
The home team is expected to come out with a 4-3-3 formation for the all-important game. On the other hand, the premier league giants would want to field their usual 4-3-3 combination that has worked against so many top teams.
Ajax’s will have to be on its toes on Wednesday in order to convert every chance they get. They have the services of Labyad, Antony and Tadic who have contributed invaluably to the team.
Zakariya Labyad has 4 goals in the last 7 games along with a 65.9% pass accuracy. His key skills include netting free kicks, taking set pieces and gives key passes time and again. His numbers are 2.3 shots on target, 1 key pass and 0.3 dribbles per game which speaks of his effectiveness in the middle.
The young Brazilian is very sharp in the field and has 2 goals in 4 Eredivisie games along with 79.5% pass success. Apart from this, he has 1.5 shots on target and 2.3 dribbles per game until recently.
Liverpool’s attack is one of the best in the world but has misfired in the last couple of games. Sadio Mane has been sharp and the game changer for the team in the recent games but will most likely come back after he contracted Corona virus. He has 3 goals in 3 matches along with 83.5% pass success and 4.3 shots per game.
He will be joined by one of the best strikers Mo Salah who single-handedly saved some grace against Aston Villa with two goals. He has 5.7 shots per game along with 80% success and 5 goals in 4 games. He also creates 3.5 key passes and 3 dribbles per game that will definitely rattle the defense.
Firmino has been amazing in the previous games with 2 assists and has 7 goals along with 77.4% pass accuracy in the last 19 games.
It is very important for the Ajax defense to prevent from conceding when they face the premier league champions. With a four-men back line that has Blind, Timber, Tagliafico and Mazraoui, they should be able to control the possession as well as counter attack.
Dale Blind has all the experience to play at the center back position for the team. He is an exceptional passer at 82.4% accuracy and likes to shoot from distance. In addition to this, he has 2 tackles, 1.2 interceptions and 1.3 clears per game along with two goals so far.
He will be accompanied by Nicolas Tagliafico who is excellent in giving crosses and intercepts the ball quite easily. He enjoys 78.7% pass accuracy and is exceptional in aerial duels having won 2.7 duels per game. Along with this, he has 1.3 tackles, 1.7 clears and 1 interception in every outing.
After a terrible outing against Aston Villa, the Liverpool defense have posed themselves several questions which they will have to answer in the coming games. Virgil Van Dijk will be the leader of the pack and is one of the best in business. He enjoys 87.1% pass success along with 2.1 clears and 0.4 tackles per game recently. He not only defends but occasionally scores an important brace for the reds.
Joseph Gomez has got a beautiful opportunity to prove himself in place of Thiago Alcantara. He is incredibly good in aerial duels along with sharp passing skills. He has 90% success in passes, 2.4 aerials won per game and 3.2 clears per game which is often under appreciated.
Andrew Robertson will most probably play as the left back defender for the team who holds on to the ball pretty well and frustrates the opponent’s attack. He has 83.9% pass completion rate along with a goal, an assist and 2 clears in the last 12 appearances.
Ajax vs Liverpool Predictions and Betting Summary
The clash between the Ajax and Liverpool will be held on 21st October 2020 in Amsterdam Arena at 9 pm local time. The betting platforms and the prediction experts have heavily favored the 2018 UCL Champions to start on a winning note with the hosts having a huge task in hand to turnover the result in their favor.