Liverpool vs Ajax predictions and betting:
The heat is on as UCL is reaching the knockout stage with just a couple of league games left. In Group D, Liverpool is set to host Ajax in an important fixture for either of the sides. Liverpool who enjoyed a good run in the three games fell against Atalanta with injury concerns acting as salt to their wounds.
On the other hand, Ajax who started slow have picked themselves up with two victories that has given them a great chance to make it to the Round of 16. This means that both sides would be looking to seal a berth in the next stage instead of taking it to the last match.
This paves way for a great contest between two quality teams at Anfield. In their last meeting, Liverpool came out on top.
Ajax vs Liverpool predictions and betting: Recent form
Liverpool have been one of the best football leagues in the recent years. They have done an amazing job in England so far to defend their Premier League title. Looking at their Champions League journey, they are looking to replicate their 2018/19 title run where they were invincible for the entire edition.
They started off with a win against Ajax and maintained a clean sheet against the likes of Midtjylland and Atalanta. But in their UEFA game, they succumbed to a 2-0 defeat against Atalanta in an away fixture that put the team in a slight spot of bother. They are currently topping the charts in Group D with 3 wins but a win against Ajax will come as a relief.
Ajax have been pretty dominating in Eredivisie where they have managed to win 8 games in 9 outings so far. Apart from their success in Netherlands, it was important for the side to do well in Europe. They have so far done a decent job to keep them afloat but needs to continue to perform better to make it to further rounds.
They started their campaign with a defeat against Liverpool followed it up with a draw against Atalanta. From then on, they scored back to back victories against Midtjylland that enabled them to get back to 2nd spot in Group D. They have scored 20 goals in the last 6 appearances and needs to replicate to stand a chance against the Reds.
Liverpool vs Ajax predictions and betting: Head-to-head
Matches: 1: Ajax: 0 Liverpool: 1
Recent Meeting: Liverpool defeated Ajax by a 1-0 margin in a UEFA Champions League fixture.
Ajax vs Liverpool 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 Dutch based team would want to field their usual 4-3-3 combination that has worked against so many top teams.
Liverpool’s attack is one of the deadliest with some dominating performances coming their way in the recent games.
Sadio Mane has been sharp and the game changer for the team in the recent games. He has 8 goals and 2 assists in 22 matches along with 77.7% pass success and 2.8 shots per game.
Their prime striker Mo Salah is set to return after testing negative for Corona virus. He has 10 goals and an assist in 18 games with 80.9% pass accuracy.
Roberto Firmino has been amazing in the previous games with 6 goals and 2 assists so far and would like to replicate his performance against Ajax. In addition to this, he has 80.3% pass accuracy and creates 1.8 shots on target.
Diogo Jota has also been a quality forward for the side has scored 11 goals in 21 appearances and is a quality forward in the side.
Ajax’s will have to be on its toes on Tuesday in order to convert every chance they get. They have the services of Labyad, Neres and Tadic who have contributed invaluably to the team.
Zakariya Labyad has 3 goals and 4 assists in the last 10 games along with a 76.1% pass accuracy. His key skills include netting free kicks, taking set pieces and gives key passes time and again. His numbers are 2.2 shots on target, 1.3 key passes and 0.4 dribbles per game which speaks of his effectiveness in the middle.
The young Brazilian David Neres is very sharp in the field and has 2 goals in 10 games along with 78.2% pass success. Apart from this, he has 1.4 shots on target and 2.3 dribbles per game until recently. Dusan Tadic has been an asset who has scored 9 goals and 6 assists in 18 outings for the side along with 1.6 shots on target.
With the injury list growing for the side, the defense has been a worry for the side after a shocking defeat against Atalanta. Joel Matip will probably take charge of the backline. He is incredibly good in aerial duels along with sharp passing skills. He has 82.1% success in passes, 2 aerial duels won per game and 2.2 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% pass completion rate along with a goal, 3 assists and 1.5 clears in the last 22 appearances.
Trent Alexander-Arnold strengths include crossing, key passes and taking set-pieces. He has 74.6% pass accuracy along with 3 assists in 16 games. In addition to this, he has 1 tackle and 1.3 clears per game so far. 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.
Daley Blind has all the experience to play at the center back position for the team. He is an exceptional passer at 86.1% accuracy and likes to shoot from distance. In addition to this, he has 1.5 tackles, 1 interception and 1.1 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 80.1% pass accuracy and is exceptional in aerial duels having won 1.8 duels per game. Along with this, he has 2.6 tackles, 2.1 clears and 1.5 interceptions in every outing.
Liverpool vs Ajax predictions and betting: Predicted Winner
The game between Liverpool and Ajax will take place in Anfield stadium on 1st December at 9pm local time. Brighton are coming off an important victory against Midtjylland whereas the hosts suffered a shocking defeat against Atalanta but managed to maintain top spot in the table.
The betting platforms and prediction experts are expecting Liverpool to come on top despite giving narrow edge to the Ajax.
FCTables who are known for providing football stats and odds have given a clear edge to Liverpool with a whooping 57% chance whereas the Ajax have 19% chance to bag their 3rd win of the league stage.
Oddschecker known for giving the best odds have clearly picked Liverpool to win the game and qualify to the Round of 16 whereas Ajax need a massive effort to avoid early exit from the UCL.
FiveThirtyEight Ajax have 23% chance to grab a surprise win but the 2018 champions hold a solid advantage with 56% chance which paves way for a good battle on Tuesday.