APOEL v Ajax Predictions & Betting Odds – 20th August 2019

Ajax can open up a lead in Cyprus

Champions League Betting

APOEL v Ajax Betting Tips – Champions League, 20th August 8.00pm

Ajax were losing semi-finalists in last season’s UEFA Champions League and they are back having to grind their way through the qualification rounds. This is the playoff round but the Dutch side will have to be a little cautious after a scare in the last qualifying round. Can APOEL get something on the board at home? Read our predictions for APOEL v Ajax.

APOEL v Ajax Betting Odds*

Ajax 9/20
Draw 15/4
APOEL 5/1
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on August 18th, 2019 at 4:16 p.m.)

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APOEL News and Form – Can Cypriots handle the big home test?

It was a second qualifying round start for APOEL in this season’s Champions League. They eased paste Sutjeska 4-0 on aggregate there. They then had to mount a comeback after losing the first leg at home in the next round against Qarabag. But APOEL collected a clean sheet win on the road to turn the tie on its head. Only one of their four games so far this season in Europe have seen both teams score in.

Ajax 2-1 correct score
7/1

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They are carrying a little bit of home form with them, which Ajax should be wary of. The Cypriots are W5 L1 in their last six European home fixtures and in that sequence of games have four clean sheets. If they win this tie they will be back in the Champions League for the first time since 2017 when they finished bottom of their group.

APOEL v Ajax Head to Head

The only previous time that these two met was in the 2014/5 CL group stage
There was a 1-1 draw in Cyprus
Ajax won their home game 4-0

 

Key-Facts – APOEL v Ajax

  • APOEL have lost one of their last seven European home games
  • Ajax beat PAOK 5-4 on aggregate in the last round
  • Last season Ajax reached the semi finals

 

Ajax News and Form – Can the Dutch triumph on the road?

What a campaign Ajax had last season. They started in the second qualifying round and ran to the semi-finals. In the semi-finals against Tottenham, the Dutch were just seconds away from making it through. They only lost two of their 18 European games last season (W10 D6) in what was a long campaign. Ajax have a record of W2 L1 in their three previous trips to the Champions League playoffs.

Ajax won the Eredivisie title for the first time since 2014 earlier this year as well as doubling up with the Dutch Cup. They entered the qualifiers this season in the previous round, where they struggled to get past PAOK. Ajax drew 2-2 on the road in the first leg and then an 85th-minute penalty from Dusan Tadic back at home, saw them ended up taking a 5-4 aggregate win. Ajax are W4 D2 in all competitions this season, scoring at least two goals in all games.

APOEL v Ajax Tips & Odds

Over 2.5 goals at 8/13
Ajax to win by a 1 goal margin at 11/4
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on August 18th, 2019 at 4:16 p.m.)

APOEL v Ajax Predictions

Ajax to win: This hopefully is another entertaining game involving Ajax this season. They have been scoring well and should have the edge over their Cypriot counterparts. Ajax can drive themselves to a win, but we’ll take it at the one-goal margin success.


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