Will the semi-finalist of the previous year miss the group stage? Read our full betting prediction below!
“This way will not be any easier, this way will be rocky and difficult”. This text passage from a German Pophit applies in this year’s Champions League qualification especially for Ajax Amsterdam.
Ajax Amsterdam vs APOEL Nicosia Soccer Betting Prediction
As reigning champion of the Eredivisie and CL semi-finalist of the previous season, Ajax has to clear some obstacles on the way to the group stage. How heavy and rocky this road can be, had to learn Ajax already in the third round against PAOK Thessaloniki.
After a 2-2 in Greece, the men of coach Erik ten Hag at home just barely by 3: 2 by. In the playoffs, the Dutch champions now managed in the first leg away at APOEL Nicosia only a 0-0.
Looking ahead to the second leg Ajax Amsterdam vs APOEL Nicosia on the odds of bookmakers, Amsterdam has the ticket for the group stage but almost certainly in the bag. The betting base is also counting on the home side and is beating in the duel Ajax Amsterdam vs APOEL Nicosia even hinted at a win by Ajax, despite a handicap of minus 2.5 goals.
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The thrilling football that Ajax Amsterdam had shown in the previous season, aroused desires among many European top clubs. In the Eredivisie Ajax had secured the 34th championship of its history with 86 points and incredible 119 goals this season.
The 4-0 against Willem II in the Cup final also brought the national double. In the Champions League, the Dutch reached via Real Madrid and Juventus the semi-finals, where they narrowly lost to Tottenham Hotspur.
“We did not show our best game. We gave the ball too easy and have to improve next week. APOEL will also be playing the same compact defense in the second game. But we have to show a different face in the second leg. ” – Dušan Tadić
So the club had to cope before the new season, especially the departures of the regulars Frenkie de Jong (FC Barcelona) and Matthijs de Ligt (Juventus). The loss is to be compensated by new additions such as Razvan Marin, Lisandro Martinez, Edson Alvarez and Quincy Promes.
But the start to the new season was a bit bumpy. In the Champions League qualification, the men of coach Erik Ten Hag could only win one of three games, 3-2 at home against PAOK. In the league Ajax collected with two wins and a draw seven points and thus currently occupies the fourth place in the Eredivisie.
A victory in the catch-up game at home against Fortuna Sittard would bring the reigning champions but to the table top. In addition to Mazraoui, who misses the return leg because of his yellow-red card from the first leg, Ajax must also do without the injured Donny van de Beek.
Expected formation of Ajax Amsterdam:
➤ Onana – Alvarez, Veltman, Martinez, Tagliafico – Marin, Blind, Ziyech, van de Beek, David Neres – Tadic
Last matches of Ajax Amsterdam:
⚽️ 20.08.2019 – APOEL Nicosia Vs. Ajax Amsterdam 0: 0 (Champions League)
⚽️ 17.08.2019 – VVV Venlo Vs. Ajax Amsterdam 1: 4 (Eredivisie)
⚽️ 13.08.2019 – Ajax Amsterdam vs PAOK Salonika 3: 2 (Champions League)
⚽️ 10.08.2019 – Ajax Amsterdam vs Emmen 5: 0 (Eredivisie)
⚽️ 06.08.2019 – PAOK Salonika vs. Ajax Amsterdam 2: 2 (Champions League)
Just over two weeks ago, Thomas Doll took on APOEL Nicosia as coach. Doll, who was still relegated to the Bundesliga with Hannover 96 in May, was succeeded by coach Paolo Tramezzani. The Italian had been dismissed after a 2-1 home defeat in the first leg of the third CL qualifying round against Qarabag Agdam.
In his first game as head of APOEL Doll managed with the Cypriot champions a 2-0 away win at Agdam and led the team still in the playoffs.
“I am very happy with the performance. My players were wonderful. Ajax is one of the best teams in Europe. We must not forget that they won away to Real Madrid and Juventus last year. We deserve the draw. Maybe we could have even met with a little more confidence and won the game. ” – Thomas Doll
In the preseason coach Tramezzani APOEL had led to the 28th championship in Cyprus, the seventh title in the league in a row. The lead over the first pursuer AEK Larnaka had been eight points at the end of the season. In the season 2018/19 Nicosia had already retired in the first round of the CL qualifier against Suduva Marijampole and missed against Astana then also in the playoffs, the group stage of the Europa League.
If the club fails this time to Ajax, but you have the ticket for the EL group but already safe in the bag. Since the guests can thus play without pressure, could play in the game Ajax Amsterdam. APOEL Nicosia a prediction on a renewed draw will not be completely outlandish. Nicosia has his strength clearly on the defensive and would be even better with a 1-1, for example.
The First Division in Cyprus started its 2019/20 season last weekend. With Master’s game canceled at home against promoted Olympiakos Nicosia, APOEL continues to wait for their first national competitive game of the season.
Expected formation of APOEL Nicosia:
➤ Belec – Joaozinho, Ioannou, Merkis – Mihajlovic, Matic, Gentsoglou, Souza, Bezjak – Suleiman – Pavlovic
Last matches of APOEL Nicosia:
⚽️ 20.08.2019 – APOEL Nicosia Vs. Ajax Amsterdam 0: 0 (Champions League)
⚽️ 13.08.2019 – Qarabag Agdam Vs. APOEL Nicosia 0: 2 (Champions League)
⚽️ 06.08.2019 – APOEL Nicosia Vs. Qarabag Agdam 1: 2 (Champions League)
⚽️ 30.07.2019 – APOEL Nicosia Vs. Sutjeska Niksic 3: 0 (Champions League)
⚽️ 23.07.2019 – Sutjeska Niksic vs. APOEL Nicosia 0: 1 (Champions League)
Ajax Amsterdam vs APOEL Nicosia Direct Comparison & Statistics Highlights
The 0: 0 last Tuesday was the third clash between the two teams. Previously, both clubs had already dueled in the CL group stage of the season 2014/15. In Nicosia the game ended 1-1. The return leg Amsterdam won clearly at the Johan Cruijff Arena then 4-0.
In front of its own fans, Amsterdam has received clubs from Cyprus three times and has won all three games with a 16-0 overall goal difference. Overall, Ajax’s record against Cypriot clubs is four wins, two draws and one defeat (1979 at Omonia Nicosia).
Ajax Amsterdam vs APOEL Nicosia Betting Odds & other interesting predictions
Although Nicosia have played five times in the last six CL games, goals are likely to fall on Wednesday night. Ajax has to win and play forward. The Dutch champion is also best at this. This should also result in spaces for the guests. That’s why we would be in the duel Ajax Amsterdam vs APOEL Nicosia recommend a prediction on “Over 2.5 goals” as another interesting bet.
🔺 Betting Prediction: Over 2.5 goals
🔺 Betting Odds: 1.40
🔺 Betting Prediction: Under 2.5 goals
🔺 Betting Odds: 2.87
🔺 Betting Prediction: Both teams to score/ YES
🔺 Betting Odds: 2.00
🔺 Betting Prediction: Both teams to score/ NO
🔺 Betting Odds: 1.72
Ajax Amsterdam vs APOEL Nicosia Our Best Betting Predictions and Odds
In the first leg Ajax had the game initially under control, but did not reward himself for his effort. In the second round, the hosts dictated the action, but could not take advantage of some good chances. After the yellow-red card Amsterdam had to deny the last ten minutes even in the minority, brought the end of something lucky 0-0 but the finish. The team of coach Thomas Doll played tactically very disciplined.
Key Facts – Ajax Amsterdam vs APOEL Nicosia Tips
🔻 Amsterdam lost only two of its last 23 CL games
🔻 APOEL have been without a clean sheet five times in their last six CL games
🔻 At home, Ajax had to make a point against clubs from Cyprus and not accept a goal
The route is clear: Ajax must win in order to enter the group stage. Of course, the hosts go into the game as clear favorites. How to get out of the CL qualifier anyway in the semifinals, Amsterdam has shown in the previous year. At that time the team of coach ten Hag had to enter the competition with the second qualifying round.
Also the record in the premier class speaks for the home side, who conceded in the last 23 CL games only two defeats: against Real and the Spurs. After the somewhat disappointing performance in the first leg, Ajax will improve significantly on Wednesday night. Missing the Champions League group stage would be a big disappointment for the Dutch champions.
But that should not happen in our opinion. Ajax will be fully on attack and with a clear home win no doubt about reaching the next round. Even after departures such as de Jong and de Ligt, the team of coach Ten Hag is still much better occupied than the champions from Cyprus.
We expect a clear victory for the home side and put in the duel Ajax Amsterdam vs APOEL Nicosia our tip on “win Ajax Amsterdam despite a handicap of minus 2.5 goals”. In the run-up to the second leg Ajax Amsterdam vs. APOEL Nicosia has odds of 2.48 for this tip. A deployment of three units seems enough.
🔺 Competition: Champions League Qualification
🔺 Date: 28.08.2019
🔺 Betting Prediction: Ajax wins (-2.5)
🔺 Odds: 2.48
🔺 Stake: 3/10 units