Preview - Bayern Munich vs Ajax 03 October 18

Started by Harry85, Oct 01, 2018, 10:58 PM

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Champions' League Group E
Bayern Munich vs. Ajax
Wednessday, October 3rd 2018
04:00 am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Allianz Arena

Bayern Munich: 
Last five matches form: W W W D L
Average goals per match: 2.00
Average goals against per match: 0.83
Top Scorer: Arjen Robben & Robert Lewandowski (3)

Ajax:
Last five matches form: W W L W W
Average goals per match: 2.29
Average goals against per match: 0.57
Top Scorer: Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (6)

The Champions League continues this week with a number of eye-catching fixtures, including here at the Allianz Arena as Bayern Munich play host to Ajax.

Both of these sides began their Champions League campaign in good style. Ajax winning 3-0 at home against AEK Athens and Bayern recording a 2-0 success on the road in Benfica. With home advantage and the more star-studded squad, it will however be Bayern who start as hot favourites to win this one.

This will be just the third meeting between the sides and the first for 14 years. The two previous games finishing in a draw and a Bayern win.

Corentin Tolisso, Kingsley Coman and Rafinha miss out for Bayern, with Leon Goretzka also rated a slight doubt.

Ajax have five players facing late fitness tests in addition to Joël Veltman and Boureima Bande who will be on the side-lines here.

Bayern's recent form will likely give Ajax hope, with the German giants having lost to Herha Berlin and drawn with Augsburg in their two most recent Bundesliga outings.

Ajax meanwhile are in pretty good form having hit nine goals without reply in their past two games. They did lose heavily to PSV recently though.

It's hard to have maximum faith in Bayern at present. They have however won 20 of their past 23 at home in the Champions League and will likely have enough to come out on top and take control of this group.



Prediction: Bayern Munich 3 - 1 Ajax

Harry85

Half time: 1 - 1
Full time: 1 - 1
Shots:  12 - 10
Shots on target: 4 - 8
Corner Kicks: 9 - 2
Possession: 60% - 40%

Javier Martinez, James Rodriquez and Serge Gnabry were booked for the home side in this one with Donny van de Beek and Daley Blind of Ajax also having their names taken by referee Pavel Kravolec.

An impressive away performance from Ajax this as they proved more than a match for Bayern on their own patch. Having recorded twice as many shots on target as their host's there's an argument that they deserved even more from this game. They now put themselves in the driving seat when it comes to qualification from this group.

Bayern's mini slump continues as they have now failed to win any of their last three in all competitions - all games in which they were pretty heavy favourites to come out on top.

Bayern could hardly have started the game in better style. Arjen Robben having already forced Andre Onana into a smart stop prior to putting in a delicious cross in just the fourth minute. Mats Hummels the man on hand to head into the bottom left from around six yards.

Ajax were beginning to build up a bit of momentum soon after though and in the 22nd minute they had their equaliser. Nice play between Noussair Mazraoui and Dusan Tadic ending with Tadic finding Mazraoui in the area, who controlled and fired into the bottom left from around 12 yards.

Ajax really were playing some lovely stuff here and very nearly scored a wonderful goal in the second half; Donny van de Beek just unable to finish off a slick passing move.

Not long after that Lassa Schoene rattled the crossbar with a thirty-yard free kick as the visitors finished in the ascendancy. No way through though 1-1 final score.



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