Ajax vs Juventus UEFA Champions League Predictions

Champions League Quarter Final Ajax vs Juventus
Ajax vs Juventus UEFA Champions League

The match is over.
Score: 1-1.

Ajax, who conquered Real Madrid in the prior round, host Serie A giants Juventus as the two traditional European heavyweights continue their Champions League campaign in the first leg of the quarter-final stage.

Predictions

Most neutrals already have their mind made up when figuring out who they want to side with on this fixture but after the last round of fixtures, you would be a fool to rule out Ajax.

Ajax will come into this game as underdogs but have only lost once in the Champions League this season and are still unbeaten at home in the Eredivisie.

Juve have a slightly worse record than their opponents, losing three times in the Champions League already and drawing in Serie A at Atalanta, while also losing their only game of the season on the road to Genoa.

Ajax have beaten AEK Athens, Benfica and Real Madrid in the Champions League already but have also lost to Madrid in the first leg of the last 16, drawing away at Benfica and drawing home and away against Bayern Munich.

If Juve do win this one, it’ll be their fifth win away from home in their last six road trips with the only blip in that run coming in that loss against Genoa.

While the victors of this tie may be a close one to call, it’ll be the smart play to side with Juventus on this one, with or without the potentially injured Cristiano Ronaldo. A 3-1 or 2-1 win for the Old Lady would be the best bet to go with.

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Betting Tips

All top bookmakers make Juventus heavy favourites for this tie but adding in the 3-1 correct score offers betters value. Ajax are capable of shocking the Old Lady but, if he’s fit, Ronaldo will always be a difference-makers. 888Sport price the 3-1 Juve win at 15/1.

The odds for this particular tip aren’t as good as some more unrealistic and out of reach tips, but this particular bet does look good in the circumstances. If Juve decide to sit deeper in the first 45 minutes and restricting the Ajax attack, then being level at the break won’t be a huge deal but if they hold off Ajax and then go for the win after the break, then this bet will make you look very, very clever, with it rated at 19/5 by 888sport.

Statistics

Head to Head

Ajax have only ever beaten Juventus twice, although one of those win came in the 1973 European Cup final when Johnny Rep scored the only goal after four minutes. Overall, Ajax have two wins, Juventus have eight and there have been two draws between the sides.

Stats

  • Juventus’ last win against Ajax came in 2010 in the Europa League when an Amauri double saw off the Dutch side which contained Luis Suarez, Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld.
  • The last win in this fixture for Ajax came in 1974 when Gerrie Muhren scored a last minute winner in a 2-1 victory.
  • Juve have scored 22 goals in this fixture while Ajax have just 11, while the two have played each other in two European Cup/Champions League finals (both have won one apiece)
  • Given the amount of stars who have played for these clubs, it may come as a shock that Amauri, Nicola Amoruso, Christian Vieri, Jari Litmanen and Oscar Damiani are the top scorers in this fixture, all on two goals each.
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