Fired up Ajax travels to Istanbul to meet with the struggling Besiktas, who is still without any points in the UEFA Champions League this year. The Turks are in crisis from which they can’t get out of, this match comes in the worst possible moment. Meanwhile, Ajax tops Group C, with a perfect record and only two allowed goals so far. Erik ten Hag’s boys are in excellent shape, winning in series and pretty much-demolishing anyone that stands in their way.
Besiktas (+600) is literally breaking into small pieces. In the last 10 games, they have only three wins and seven losses, most of them without a goal scored. No one can tell what happened to the Turkish champions, and they are one of the biggest negative surprises in the competition.
Though, they are very suitable for betting, because of the offensive-minded approach and efficient matches. The previous five of Besiktas’s games at home ended with over 2.5 goals.
Those same events were all with goals on both sides. Despite losing games, the Eagles aren’t defending, but quite the opposite, they are always aggressive and try to score, but the poor defense simply can’t make any stops.
Ajax (-205) has only one loss in the last 10 games, which was in the Dutch domestic league early in October. After that, ten Hag’s unit posted five victories and two draws.
The Lancers’ defense is astonishing, with eight clean sheets over the above-mentioned 10 contests. Ajax’s trademark throughout history was a potent attack, and high-profile scorers, not the backline players. In this case, they are strong on both sides of the football, and the proof of that are seven games during this stretch in which the Dutch powerhouse netted at least twice.
In the UEFA Champions League, Ajax scored 14 times in four clashes, conceding twice. In all the events, we’ve seen them hitting the rivals’ net twice or more.
Michy Batshuayi is out for hosts because of a back injury, while Souza won’t play due to a red card suspension.
Ajax’s head coach, Erik ten Hag, is linked with Manchester United following Ole Gunnar Solskajer’s departure from Old Trafford. As for the absences, Stekelenburg is injured, as well as Kudus, and Edson Alvarez is suspended due to cards.
Head to Head Games
Ajax was confident at home, beating the Turkish team 2-0. Both goals came in the first half, through Berghuis and Haller. The hosts were dominant for 90 minutes, not allowing Besiktas to have the slightest chance of endangering the lead.
Even though Ajax doesn’t have to force anything in this event, due to a comfortable lead in the standings, we believe that the Lancers are going to get back to the Netherlands with a win in the bag. Furthermore, our money here is on Tadic and the boys to beat the hosts with -1.5-goal margin. The odds on that are currently set at +125. For those who doubt this suggestion, over 2.5 goals is the backup solution -195.
Pick: Ajax -1.5
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