Preview - Ajax vs Bayern Munich 13 December 18

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Champions' League Group E
Ajax vs. Bayern Munich
Thursday, December 13th 2018
04:00am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Johann Cruyff Arena

Last five matches form:  W W W W W
CL Average goals per match: 1.60
CL Average goals against per match: 0.40
CL Top Scorer: Dusan Tadic (3)

Bayern Munich:
Last five matches form: L D W W W
CL Average goals per match: 2.40
CL Average goals against per match: 0.40
CL Top Scorer: Robert Lewandowski (6)

Ajax and Bayern Munich head into their final Group E fixture in the relatively comfortable position of both having qualified for the knockout stages. Top place in the section and a likely easier draw is still up for grabs at the Johann Cruyff Arena though, so there is still a bit on the line in this one.

Ajax will top the group should they win this game, whilst a draw or better will do for Bayern.

Ajax performed with credit in the reverse fixture when coming away from Munich with a point courtesy of a 1-1 draw.

Hakim Ziyech, André Onana, Donny van de Beek and Joël Veltman miss out for the home side. Bayern Munich must make do without Corentin Tolisso and James Rodríguez.

The most impressive aspect of each of these sides in the Group has been their defensive record, with both Ajax and Bayern having concede only two goals in their five games to date. Both defences look set to be in for a stern examination here though. Ajax have scored three or more goals in nine of their past eleven home games in all competitions, whilst Bayern have notched at least twice in nine of their past ten on the road.

Bayern do possess the more talented squad on paper but have thrown in a few poor performances on already this season. Ajax meanwhile have been the model of consistency and may just edge this one.

Prediction: Ajax 2 - 1 Bayern Munich


Half time: 0 - 1
Full time: 3 - 3
Shots:  12 - 12
Shots on target: 8 - 9
Corner Kicks: 3 - 3
Possession: 57% - 43%

A busy evening for referee Clement Turpin. Matthijs de Ligt, Daley Blind and Nicolas Tagliafico were all booked for Ajax who also had Maximilian Woeber shown the straight red card. Thomas Mueller was dismissed for Bayern, with Joshua Kimmich and Rafinha seeing yellow.

A pretty high-octane clash in Amsterdam considering both sides had already qualified for the knockout stages. It seems the teams were placing plenty of emphasis on topping the section here.

It was Bayern who struck first in the 13th minute. Played in in the right-hand side of the area by Serge Gnabry, Robert Lewandwski did what he does so well and finished into the right hand side of the goal. 0-1 at the break.

The equaliser came in the 61st minute. Lovely incisive passing move from Ajax culminating in Donny van de Beek fizzing in a low ball across the face of goal from the right-hand side. Dusan Tadic on hand to tap in from almost on the line.

Then in the 67th minute the home side were the first to be reduced to ten as Maximilian Woeber was dismissed for a faintly ridiculous sliding challenge on the touchline.

Thomas Mueller joined Woeber in being dismissed in the 75th minute. Quite how much intent there was is difficult to say but he nevertheless poleaxed Nicolas Tagliafico with a boot to the face and off he went.

Then in the 82nd minute the home side were handed the chance to take the lead when Jerome Boateng brought down Kasper Dolberg inside the area. Excellent finish into the top left from Tadic.

Just five minutes later Bayern had a penalty kick of their own. Thiago going down in the area, and whilst it looked pretty soft, the referee pointed to the spot. Stuttering run up from Lewandowski before finding the bottom left.

Still time for more drama as Bayern regained the lead in the 90th minute.  Criminal defending from Ajax to gift possession to Bayern in the final third. The ball eventually being worked to Kingsley Coman in the left of the area around 13 yards out. Coman having time to pick his spot and fire into the bottom right.

Not over yet though with the final word going to ajax in the 95th minute. A volleyed effort from range being deflected into the path of Klaas Jan Huntelaar in the right of the area. Huntelaar taking the keeper out of it with a low ball into the six-yard box and Tagliafico getting just enough on it to send the ball trickling over the line. 3-3 final score.

After all that it's as you were in Group E, with Bayern topping the section and Ajax going through in second.

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