Ajax Amsterdam vs Apoel Nicosia Preview

Ajax Amsterdam vs Apoel Nicosia

Competition – UEFA Champions League

Stadium – Amsterdam ArenA

Date: 28th August 2019

Kick-off time – 20:00 BST 

Ajax are looking to return to the Champions League group stage after doing reaching the semifinals of the competition last season.  The Dutch champions were known for their free-flowing attacking football that is usually accompanied with many goals.

However, in the first leg of this tie, Apoel were able to frustrate them and they fired blanks to keep this game firmly in the balance.  Ajax have it all to do now as they don’t just have to score to reach the next round, but they also have to prevent the Cypriots from doing likewise or outscore them.

Ajax have had a good start to their season having already played 8 competitive games, but they have won just 4 of those matches with three of those ending in score draws.

Apoel would feel that they have a chance of making the Champions League group stage here after they succeeded in curtailing Ajax’s attack in the first leg.

The Cypriots have scored away from home the last two times they were visitors in the qualifying round this season and they would be hoping that they can do the same here as well.

Apoel are unbeaten in their last six matches, and they have won five of those games.

Despite everything, bookmakers have priced Ajax up as extremely strong favourites to come out on top in this game while Apoel are priced up as heavy underdogs prior to kick-off.

Goal markets point to an extremely lively game as over 2.5 goals is currently trading long odds-on pre-game so expect a lively game at the Amsterdam ArenA with plenty of goals.

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