On Wednesday 21 October, Liverpool head to Ajax on the first day of the Champions League group stage. Both teams will want to win this first meeting in this group D.
Ajax vs Liverpool Free Betting Tips – Champions League
Surprise guest in the semi-finals of the Champions League during the 2018-2019 season, Ajax failed to confirm last year after a thunderous run. Indeed, the Lancers took only 3rd place in their group behind Valence and Chelsea and ahead of Lille. They were therefore logically transferred to the Europa League where they were directly taken out by Getafe (2-0 defeat in the first leg, 2-1 victory in the return). First, when the season came to an end, the Ajacides were not designated national champions but still won a direct ticket for these group stages. Back to the competition, Eric ten Hag’s men won their first 3 league matches before losing on Groningen (1-0) before the break. Saturday, they regained confidence by gaining the upper hand against Heerenveen (5-1).
Sacred at the end of a magnificent 2018-2019 season, Liverpool failed to retain their crown last year. Indeed, after a group stage which was finally quite rough (4 wins, 1 draw, 1 loss), the Reds were taken out in the Round of 16 by Atlético Madrid. Beaten in Spain (1-0), they had managed to catch up before losing in extra time (2-3 AP). However, Jürgen Klopp’s men consoled themselves with a very beautiful title of champion of England which had eluded them for about thirty years. To start this new season, Mohamed Salah’s partners achieved the 3 out of 3 during the first days. But before the international break, they were humiliated on the lawn of Aston Villa (7-2). Against neighbour Everton, they failed to regain victory (2-2) despite a goal refused in the last moments for an out of the play of a few millimetres reported by the VAR.
The workforce for Ajax vs Liverpool
A priori, Ajax should be able to count on all of its forces to play this game. In the goals, the very good goalkeeper Onana is always present while the defensive executives Blind, Tagliafico and Mazraoui remain holders. In the middle, the young rookie Kudus is winning as well as the promising Gravenberch. Finally, offensively, the excellent Serbian Tadic continues to shine with already 3 goals scored this season. He is tied in the scorer’s standings with the young Brazilian Antony, who arrived this summer from Sao Paulo.
Big blow on the side of Liverpool with the horrible injury suffered by the Van Dijk control tower during the derby against Everton and who could no longer play for the season. In addition to that, goalkeeper No. 1 Alisson, potentially starting midfielder Naby Keïta and fragile Oxlade-Chamberlain are not present. Once again, the trio of Salah (already 6 goals in the league), Mané (4 goals) and Firmino should be established.
Compositions for Ajax vs Liverpool
The probable composition of Ajax:
Onana – Mazraoui, Schuurs, Blind, Tagliafico – Alvarez, Gravenberch, Kudus – Antony, Tadic, Promes.
Not sure: None
The planned tactical disposition (4-3-3):
Mazraoui – Schuurs – Blind – Tagliafico
Alvarez – Gravenberch – Kudus
Antony – Tadic – Promes
The probable lineup of Liverpool:
Adrian – Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Matip, Robertson – Tiago Alcantara, Fabinho, Wijnaldum – Salah, Firmino, Mané
Absent: Van Dijk, Alisson, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Keïta.
Uncertain: To come.
The planned tactical disposition (4-3-3):
Alexander-Arnold – Gomez – Matip – Robertson
Tiago Alcantara – Fabinho – Wijnaldum
Salah – Firmino – Mané
The history of the confrontations Ajax vs Liverpool
The two teams have not crossed paths for years on the European scene.
Key points for the match Ajax vs Liverpool
– Liverpool have more qualities on paper.
– Ajax have been stripped of their best midfielders and attackers in recent years.
– Liverpool will be weakened defensively with the long absence of Van Dijk.
– The meeting will take place with a very limited number of spectators (30% of the stadium capacity).
5 team changes will be allowed.
Ajax vs Liverpool Free Betting Tips
This meeting should be very pleasant to follow between two teams carried forward. But ultimately, the Reds could come to seek victory in this meeting. Liverpool victory!
Betting Tips: Both teams to score