Chelsea vs Ajax Champions League Predictions

Sam Watt
By: Sam Watt
Chelsea vs Ajax Champions League
Chelsea vs Ajax Champions League

The match is over.
Score: 4-4.

After such an impressive win away at Ajax two weeks ago, the next question for Chelsea will be how they deal with the Ajax pressure in front of their own fans in London and how they deal with another bout of constant Ajax pressing and possession.

Predictions

This could be one of the better games of this round of Champions League action as two very talented and very young sides go head to head in a very important match for their respective group stage campaigns.

Chelsea’s loss against Manchester United in the Carabao Cup last week was their first defeat in seven games across three competitions, and their first loss since September.

Ajax have been in blistering form this season and their defeat against Chelsea last time in the Champions League was actually their first loss of the season in any competition.

Chelsea’s run of seven wins in a row saw them beat the likes of Burnley, Ajax, Newcastle, Southampton, Lille, Brighton and Grimsby Town.

Ajax beat Feyenoord 4-0 after their loss against Chelsea, which extended their lead at the top of the Eredivisie to six points ahead of AZ Alkmaar.

This one may too close to call so a score draw might be the best score line to go for, or maybe what the result will be at half time and full time, with a draw at the end of 45 minutes and at the end of 90 minutes perhaps being the smartest option.

Betting Tips

These are quite long odds for an outcome that doesn’t even seem too out there, with both teams possessing enough to come away with a score draw. 888sport have it as 17/5.

Based solely upon their last meeting a few weeks ago, this could be a likely outcome as well judging by all the variables. Chelsea lost their only Champions League match at home so far – against Valencia – and it wouldn’t be too outrageous to suggest that they take an early lead before Ajax peg them back before half time and the two cancel each other out in the final stages of the game, with that outcome a little overlooked by top bookmakers. This bet priced at 21/4 by 888sport.

Statistics

Head to Head

The first meeting between these two sides actually came the other week in the reverse fixture, and that is apparently the only recorded meeting of these two giant clubs and former Champions League winning clubs ever.

Stats

  • This is only Chelsea’s fourth game against a Dutch club. The Blues beat Feyenoord 3-1 home and away in the 1999/2000 edition of the UEFA Champions League.
  • A loss against Tottenham in the old Cup Winners’ Cup is the only loss Ajax have suffered in London, despite having a poor record of three wins, five draws and four losses in their last 12 visits to England.
  • In winning the Europa League last season, Chelsea had been unbeaten in Europe since March of 2018 until they were beaten by Valencia at home on match day one of this seasons Champions League.
  • The London club – who are technically the only London club to play in Central London – have scored three goals or more in five of their last 11 European matches. Their tally of 36 goals in last season’s Europa League was one short of the competition record set by Andre Villas-Boas’ Porto side in 2010/11
Sam Watt
By: Sam Watt

Football manager is my life, but have taken up writing to help put all that knowledge playing the game to good use. Follow me for all things European football and gain unexpected knowledge about players and teams you didn't know before. When not playing football manager, I take a break to play with my Sunday League team.

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