After beating Ajax in the first leg of the Champions League 1/8 finals, Real Madrid now get to finish the job on their turf, the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium. Will they take care of the job routinely, or a surprise awaits us on Tuesday evening? Find out by reading Real Madrid vs Ajax prediction & betting tips!
Real Madrid lost to Barcelona twice in a row last week, once in Copa Del Ray, once in La Liga. They got knocked out of the cup, while their chances of winning the league are almost zero, considering that Barcelona have 12 points more (and Atletico 5). What this means is that in order to salvage anything from this season, Real Madrid need to go for the Champions League title.
They’ve won this competition 4 times in previous 5 seasons, so they must be considered huge favorites. The problem is that unlike in those 5 seasons, they no longer have Cristiano Ronaldo in the team. But, they have many good players still in the team.
Karim Benzema, for example, has been in a fantastic form lately, scoring 11 goals in La Liga and 4 in the Champions League. One of those goals happened in Amsterdam. He and Asensio were the scorers for Real Madrid, who now have a 2:1 advantage against Ajax. And because of the away goal rule, Ajax would need to beat them at least 2:0 in Madrid in order to get to the next stage.
Losing at home is not something that happens to Real Madrid too often. However, they did lose previous 3 matches they played at Santiago Bernabeu. Two of those were against Barcelona and one against Girona.
Ajax were very unlucky to lose to Real Madrid two weeks ago. In that match, they had 19 goal attempts, which was 6 more than Real Madrid. But, they did show they need to be considered as a serious opponent. With so many talented players in the squad, Ajax do look like a team that belongs in the knockouts of Champions League.
But, will they stay in the knockouts? It seems very unlikely because they would need a big win in Madrid. But, they’re in a good form, winning 3 matches in a row after losing to Los Blancos. And in those 3 games, they scored a total of 13 goals.
Another thing that might worry them ahead of their trip to Spain is that they have some problems in the league, so they might not be 100% focused on the Champions League game. They’re currently on the second spot in the Eredivisie, with 5 points less than PSV, but also one game fewer.
Real Madrid absentees:
- Marcos Llorente (injury)
- Carel Eiting (injury)
- Hassane Bande (doubtful)
Courtois – Ramos, Varane, Carvajal, Regulion – Casemiro, Modric, Kroos – Bale, Asensio, Benzema
Onana – de Ligt, Blind, Mazraoui, Tagliafico – van der Beek, de Jong, Schone – Ziyech, Tadic, Dolberg
Real Madrid vs Ajax Prediction
Los Blancos haven’t been playing very well lately, but that doesn’t mean they’re not good anymore. They are. They just need to pull themselves away from the bad form. And this game seems like a very good opportunity for that.
Winning this match comfortably would give them a nice confidence boost for the rest of the season. At the same time, losing this match and getting knocked out of the Champions League would probably mean their manager Solari getting sacked.
Real Madrid vs Ajax Betting Tips
- Over 2.5 Goals @1.40 (bet365)
- Real Madrid @1.69 (1XBET)