Atalanta vs Ajax Football Predictions and Betting: The Dutch football club Ajax are set to lock horns with the Italian side Atalanta in the final round of UEFA Champions League group games tonight.The qualification fates of both the teams will be decided today at the Johan Cruijff Arena, the home of AFC Ajax. Ajax are currently at the third spot in Group D and only 1 point behind Atalanta. A win in the last game will book a spot for the Dutch side in the Round of 16.
Atalanta had an average season so far with 2 wins, 2 losses, and 1 draw. They must avoid a loss in the last game to join Liverpool in the last 16.
Injuries and COVID cases are a bit of concern for Atalanta in the current season. This is Atalanta’s second successive UEFA Champions League appearance. They were debutants in the last season.
Erik Ten Hag's Ajax's side is favoured to win by all the betting portals
Crowdwisdom360 believes that both teams are evenly matched with Ajax ahead at the front while Atalanta has an advantage in the middle and back.
Ajax vs Atalanta Football Predictions and Betting: Offensive and Defensive Stats
Both the teams are expected to continue their regular formations. Ajax will look to dominate the hosts with their strong format of 4-3-3. Atalanta may rely on their usual format of 3-4-1-2.
Ajax has had an ordinary scoring record with just 7 goals in 5 games. Dusan Tadic is a key player in the Ajax forward attack (2 Goals in 5 games, rating of 7.2).
David Neres is another consistent player for Ajax (1 Goal in 4 games with a rating of 7.45)
Atalanta have scored 9 goals in 5 games. The Atalanta forward attack consists of star players like Alejandro Gomez (1 Goal in 5 games), rating of 7.48 and Duvan Zapata (3 Goals in 5 Games), rating of 7.1. However, Zapata is in the middle of a slump with numerous poor games. Luis Muriel is the other key forward.
Ajax is ahead at the front
Atalanta is ahead in the mid-field
Ajax have conceded just 6 goals in 5 games during this year's champions league. But the defence has not been exemplary. Daley Blind has been rated less than 7, by Sofascore, Noussair Mazraoui is rate just above 7. The Goals have been low as Ajax has kept control of possession at > 50% in most of their games.
Atalanta have conceded 8 goals in 5 Champions league games and 16 goals in 9 Serie A games. This is a major weakness for the club
Cristian Romero is rated well because he has one goal in his name. The Argentine defender has an average of 4.8 interceptions and 3.0 tackles per game in the current Champions League. The rest of defenders have performed ordinarily.
Atalanta is ahead on defence
Ajax vs Atalanta Predictions and Betting: Recent Form
Ajax faced a disheartening defeat in the opening game against Liverpool due to an own goal from Nicolas Tagliafico. They played a draw against Atlanta before beating Midtjylland in two consecutive games. They will be facing Atalanta after a 1-0 defeat to Liverpool in the last game.
Atalanta started their campaign on a high note after a thumping 4-0 win over Midtjylland. The next match ended in a 2-2 draw against Atalanta.
The Italian side faced a crushing 5-0 loss to Liverpool. However, they bounced back and defeated Liverpool with a 2-0 in the very next game. They will be playing the last group stage game after playing out a disappointing 1-1 draw against Midtjylland.
Ajax will look to improve their chances of hitting the net as they scored only 7 goals from 5 matches and conceded 6. Atalanta, on the other hand, have managed to score 9 times and conceded 8 goals. Talking about ball possession, Ajax are looking good with 56.00%, while the percentage for Atalanta stands at 50.60%.
Ajax are having a great record at home in the recent matches. They have won 5 out of their last 6 home games. The performance in away matches seems to be good for Atalanta. They have won 4 out of the last 6 away games.
Atalanta vs Ajax Predictions and Betting: H2H
Atalanta and Ajax haven’t played much against each other. The only match between Ajax and Atalanta was played on 28 October 2020 in the current season of Champions League.
The match ended with a final score of 2-2. Duvan Zapata scored both the goals for Atalanta. Ajax’s goal scorers were Dusan Tadic and Lassina Traore in that game.
Atalanta vs Ajax Football Predictions and Betting: Predicted Line Up
According to the Statszone, the predicted line up for this game could be :
Predicted line-up (4-3-3): Onana; Mazraoui, Schuurs, Blind, Tagliafico; Gravenberch, Labyad, Klaassen; Promes, Tadić, Antony
Predicted line-up (3-4-2-1): Gollini; Tolói, Romero, Djimsiti; Hateboer, De Roon, Freuler, Ruggeri; A Gómez, Iličić; Zapata
Whoscored.com's probable lineup for this match for both the teams are :
Atalanta vs Ajax Predictions and Betting : Predicted Winner
The betting portals are all giving an edge to Ajax.
As per FcTables.com, there is a 42% chance for Ajax’s win, while Atalanta’s chances stand at 33%. Their predictor is showing a 24% chance of having a draw game.
Bettingexpert.com is a famous platform for providing good betting analysis. As per them, odds are 2.25 in favor of Ajax, while the odds for Atalanta are 3.00. The betting odds for a draw stand at 4.10.
As per the odds via SofaScore, the odds are 2.20 for Ajax’s victory, 3.00 for Atalanta’s victory, and 3.80 for a draw game.