Ajax v Juventus Betting Tip Juventus – 10 April 2019

Juve to take first leg lead back to Turin

Champions League Tips

NetherlandsAjax v JuventusItaly
Wednesday 10th April 2000hrs 
Football – Europe – Champions League
Pick Juventus
Bookmaker Betfred
Odds: 11/8 (odds taken 18.00 GMT, Tuesday 9th April)

Ajax are the surprise contender in these quarter-finals but they will be in no hurry to end their participation in this year’s Champions League as the face Juventus in what is a repeat of the 1996 final, which the Italians edged on penalties.

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Ajax Preview

The performance and result in the second leg of their last-16 tie against Real Madrid was up there with the best that Ajax have produced throughout their illustrious history. That in itself is a testament to this group of players considering the team’s that have gone down through the years at the club – including having won the European Cup/Champions League on four occasions. This current squad still have it all to do if they are to make that a fifth being one of the underdogs in the competition but virtually everything has been stacked against them to even get to this stage. When Ajax were last crowned champions of Europe in the 90s it was a much more level playing field in terms of finances whilst now their resources are dwarfed by the teams from the big five leagues – including their opponents on Wednesday. That was, of course, the same in the previous round against the current kings of Europe but an excellent performance away from home in that tie seen them win 4-1 and serve notice to the rest of Europe that whilst they may not have the names of the other teams left, their players are plenty capable. The big challenge for Ajax now is attempting to follow that game up with another similar performance, which they’ll most definitely need to see of Juve.


Key-Facts – Ajax v Juventus

  • This is a repeat of the 1996 Champions League final which Juventus won on penalties
  • The winners of this tie will play the winners of Tottenham against Manchester City in the semi-final
  • Juventus were disappointing away from home in the last round but have won five of their last six on their travels before then


Juventus Preview

Juventus performed a miracle of their own in the previous round to comeback from a 2-0 first leg deficit against one of the most competitive teams around in Atletico Madrid. Few gave them a chance of finding the goals they needed and keeping a clean sheet at the other end considering how thoroughly outplayed the Italian champions were in the first leg, but they were dominant at home and deservedly progressed. Cristiano Ronaldo was brought to the club to make the difference in Europe and he certainly lived up to that billing against Atletico by scoring a hat-trick in the second leg. A perennial winner of the competition himself, Ronaldo now has his sights firmly set on winning the Champions League with a third different club and give Juventus their first since defeating Ajax in the final 23 years ago. For a club steeped in their history it’s long overdue and having reached two of the last three finals it’s obvious they are not far away. The Serie A title is virtually wrapped up which allows Max Allegri to rotate his squad more than he may have done in that past and that should mean a fresher team – which is ominous for everybody else.

Ajax v Juventus Betting Advice

The economics of football are such now that even though Ajax have won more European Cups, they head into this tie very much as the underdogs – but it’s a tag that has suited them well in this year’s competition. Juventus will be well aware of the threat that their opponents pose and will have taken notice of the performance against Real in the previous round. With a semi-final against either Tottenham or Manchester City awaiting the winner of this game it’s going to be a hard passage to the final but that’s what you expect and both will have that dream in their sights.

Ironically enough Real are the only visiting team to have defeated Ajax in Amsterdam this season across all competitions, indicating how strong they are at home. Juve have shown some weakness on their travels with that defeat to Atleti and losing to Young Boys but they had won away to Manchester United, Valencia, Tottenham and Real Madrid before that which illustrates just how capable they are on their travels and their normally excellent defence can withstand the early onslaught from Ajax before getting an important first leg lead.

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