APOEL (@7.0) vs Ajax (@1.5)
20-08-2019

Our Prediction:

Ajax will win

APOEL – Ajax Match Prediction | 20-08-2019

Crashing out of the Champions League qualifiers at the first attempt by little known Lithuanian outfit Suduva, Thomas Dolls side also failed to register a spot in the group stage of the Europa League for the first time in five years. Managing to secure a dramatic 2-0 victory away at Qarabag last week after suffering a 2-1 defeat against the Azerbaijan champions at the Neo GSP in the first-leg, their European record on home soil has been slightly concerning. Despite managing to snatch a famous 1-1 draw against Borussia Dortmund back in October 2017, APOEL have won just two of their previous six Champions League matches in Levkosa, including a 6-0 hammering against Real Madrid two seasons ago. Starting with Tuesdays hosts, while APOEL may have marched towards their seventh consecutive Cypriot league title last season, fans around Levkosa will be desperate for their side to improve on their European nightmare last year.

One of the men to watch in the Dutch team will be Serbia international Dusan Tadic, who scored a brace in the 3-2 win over PAOK at Amsterdam Arena. Despite the fact that Frenkie de Jong and Matthijs de Ligt left the club in the summer transfer window, we believe that away win should be considered. APOEL, on the other hand, did well to shock Qarabag in Azerbaijan, but given the number of talented footballers in the away team, we do not believe that the hosts are capable of claiming a major scalp in the final qualifying round.

Highlighted Team (Ajax):

It was five years ago that they locked horns in the very same competition, when Ajax beat them 4-0 and played a 1-1 draw in the group stage. These two teams only met twice before. However, those willing to spice it up can bet on goals either Over 2.5 or Both Teams to Score. Theres been plenty of water under the bridge since and I firmly believe Ajax hold the upper hand in this fixture.

However, you should read my match preview before placing your wager as Ive prepared some great betting tips and correct score predictions for this outing. The stakes are extremely high in this game but the visitors have, nevertheless, been identified as firm favourites by the best INSTADEBIT betting sites. APOEL vs Ajax prediction introduces the Tuesdays match at the Neo GSP Stadium in Nicosia where these two teams play the first leg of their final Champions League qualifying tie.

Despite the fact that Frenkie de Jong and Matthijs de Ligt left the club in the summer transfer window, we believe that away win should be considered. APOEL, on the other hand, did well to shock Qarabag in Azerbaijan, but given the number of talented footballers in the away team, we do not believe that the hosts are capable of claiming a major scalp in the final qualifying round. One of the men to watch in the Dutch team will be Serbia international Dusan Tadic, who scored a brace in the 3-2 win over PAOK at Amsterdam Arena.

Featured in multi-bet tips

As for the visitors, while Ajax may have gone about it the hard way against Greek champions PAOK last week, their dramatic 5-4 aggregate win has seen them now extend their winning run to three matches on the bounce. Although the Dutch heavyweights might still be feeling the effects of both Frankie de Jong and Matthijs de Ligt securing summer moves away from Amsterdam, Ajax will be boosted by managing to keep hold of attacking talisman, Dusan Tadic. Along with shipping four goals against PAOK over both legs, they have recorded just a pair of clean sheets in any of their last 16 contests. Enjoying a stellar campaign both domestically and in Europe last season, along with lifting their first Eredivisie title in five years, Erik ten Hags men also secured a spot in the semi-final of the Champions League before eventually crashing out against Tottenham at the Johan Cruijff Arena. Once again finding the net against VVV Venlo last weekend, the former Southampton man has five in his last five across all competitions. Despite now scoring 16 goals in their last five appearances, Ajax do have some defensive issues that need resolving.

The Nicosia-based club have had plenty of players returning from their respective loans. Furthermore, they also brought forward Andrija Pavlovic on loan from Rapid Vienna and attacking midfielder Andre Vidigal from Fortuna Sittard. Moreover, Uros Matic, the brother of Manchester United midfielder Nemanja Matic, joined on a loan of his from FC Copenhagen. They further bolstered their Serbian contingent, however, by bringing former Crvena zvezda captain Vujadin Savic who already cemented his place in the heart of defence.

While APOEL will be boosted by their impressive comeback against Qarabag last week, their European record at the Neo GSP has been a growing concern. Although Ajax might still be struggling with some defensive issues, Tuesdays guests have continued to shine in the final third and will be hoping to make an early statement and move one step closer to securing a full Champions League return.

Today's Tips

As a result, I expect them to go full strength against their Cypriot rivals. On the other side, Dutch champions are looking to earn their place in the elite competition for the second year running. They will, however, be extremely motivated to have another great year in Europe. Ajax were one of the most pleasant surprises of the Champions League last season. they put in a series of strong performances, eliminating the likes of Real Madrid and Juventus, respectively, before stumbling down in the semifinals against Tottenham.

Were not expecting Ajax to fail over the 2 legs, but we do think APOEL have a good chance of making life difficult for them in Cyprus. The hosts excellent home record in Europe makes an APOEL Win or Draw Double Chance look very attractive, so were backing that along with another 2-2 draw away from home for Ajax.

The Amsterdammers share a big rivalry with Feyenoord and there have always been fireworks when the two teams face each other in De Klassieker. The likes of Johan Cruijff, Edwin van der Sar, Dennis Bergkamp, Patrick Kluivert, Rafael van der Vaart and Marco van Basten are all products of Ajaxs football academy. Ajax is a Dutch football club that was founded on 18 March, 1900. Ajax are well known for their youth academy, which regarded as one of the best youth football schools in the world.

Your View?

During the seventies Feyenoord and Ajax were the only two teams who were capable of winning the domestic trophies, while PSV have been playing an important role in Dutch football in the 21st century. The Amsterdammers won their fourth European Cup (Champions League) trophy in 1995, beating Milan in the title game in Vienna. Ajax play their home games at Amsterdam ArenA, the stadium that was opened on 14 August, 1996. PSV and Ajax are regarded as big rivals as well and the two teams square off against each other in De Topper.

However, the Slovenian shot-stopper did not see any game action in the Serie A during his spell at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza and it has to be noted that he played for the likes of Crotone, Olhanense and Konyaspor on loan before joining Carpi in 2015. After making 56 appearances for the Biancorossi in the league, Vid Belec moved to Benevento in July, 2017, signing a three-year deal with the Serie A team.

APOEL Nicosia saved their blushes with a 2-0 win over Qarabag in the second leg of their tie in the previous round, after the squad admitted to a 2-1 defeat in the first. The home team have been squaring up against fairly moderate teams so far in the competition, and so they will have to step up their game by a mile this Tuesday, as they will be taking on one of the finest sides in the tournament.