James MortonAjax vs Bayern, Wednesday December 12th, 20:00, Johan Cruyff Arena. Ajax and Bayern Munich face off at the Johan Cruyff Arena on Wednesday evening with top spot in Champions League Group E at stake for both teams.
Ajax and Bayern Munich face off at the Johan Cruyff Arena on Wednesday evening with top spot in Champions League Group E at stake for both teams.
Both Ajax and Bayern Munich have seen off the challenge from Benfica and AEK Athens to secure qualification to the round of 16 in this season’s Champions League.
But first place remains up for grabs and the Dutch side will steal it from under the noses of the Bavarian behemoth if they can pick up maximum points in front of their own supporters on Wednesday.
Ajax’s European resurgence has been sparked by a generation of exceptional young football talent, with the likes of Matthijs de Ligt and Frenkie de Jong helping de Godenzonen to ten wins from their last 11 matches.
Ajax have scored 36 goals in their last 12 matches at the Johan Cruyff Arena – an average of three per game. Meanwhile, Bayern aren’t afraid of attacking on their travels having scored at least two goals in nine of their last ten away fixtures. It could be a goal fest on Wednesday night.
The only result that can prevent Bayern from winning the group is a home victory, so as the game progresses Niko Kovac’s men could end up settling for a point. The Bavarians are the online betting sites’ favourites for the match but both recent form, and the circumstances of the game, don’t appear to necessarily back that up.
Head to Head
The two teams drew 1-1 when they met at the Allianz Arena back in October – the only points that Bayern have dropped in this season’s Champions League. Interestingly, in the eight continental meetings between Ajax and Bayern, there has never been an away victor. The last time the teams met in Amsterdam was in December 2004 when they played out a 2-2 draw.
Ajax have qualified for the knockout stages of the Champions League for the first time since the 2005/06 season.
Bayern striker Robert Lewandowski is the Champions League’s joint top scorer, alongside Barcelona’s Lionel Messi, with six goals.
Ajax have faced German clubs 16 times at home, winning 14 of those games.
Only Barcelona, Roma and Paris Saint-Germain have had more attempts on target than Bayern Munich in this season’s Champions League.