Champions League surprise package Ajax continue to stun in Europe’s premier competition, and their latest feat of heroics was holding Juventus to a 1-1 draw in the first leg of their quarter final clash.
Indeed, they did much more than just hold their illustrious Italian opponents, and they could have taken a lead to Turin for Tuesday’s second leg had Jurgen Ekkelenkamp been more accurate with his finish late in the second half.
Juventus took the lead just before the break thanks to Cristiano Ronaldo’s diving header – his 125th career goal in the Champions League, incidentally – but Ajax were not perturbed. They equalised almost immediately after half-time courtesy of David Neres, and while they rode their luck at times, with Douglas Costa hitting the woodwork, the Amsterdam outfit were good value for the draw.
They know, of course, that the second leg at Juventus’ Allianz Stadium will be a much sterner test, but Ajax have previous in doing the business in tough away games having demolished Real Madrid 4-1 at the Bernabeu and drawn 1-1 with Bayern Munich at their Allianz Arena home.
All in all, the second leg is perfectly poised, so let’s take a look at the Juventus vs Ajax odds and see if we can unearth any betting value for you.
1. Juventus vs Ajax Betting Odds
Normally Juventus are overwhelming favourites when playing in front of their own supporters, but that’s not quite the case here even if the bookies do favour them with odds of 1.72 to win this second leg.
Ajax, meanwhile, can be backed at 4.75, with the draw at 3.60.
And then we have the ‘to qualify’ market, and here Juventus are more widely favoured at 1.36. Ajax can be backed to reach the semi-finals at a price of 3.00.
2. Juventus vs Ajax Predictions
Our Juventus vs Ajax predictions might have been a bit different had the first leg not panned out as it had, and the experience of this Juventus team could prove all important on home soil.
The likes of Ronaldo, Leonardo Bonucci and Blaise Matuidi have been there, done it and won major tournaments, and knowing how to manage games is one asset that Ajax arguably don’t have given their relative inexperience.
But what they do possess is the fearlessness of youth, with the likes of Hakim Ziyech, David Neres and Donny van de Beek all playing with zero respect for their opponents.
And then you have Frankie de Jong, who is surely one of the most talented young players in Europe.
It is beautifully poised then, and don’t think for one moment that Juventus aren’t infallible. Don’t forget, they were 0-2 down to Atletico Madrid in the Round of 16, and once again Cristiano Ronaldo produced a superhuman effort to pull his team out of the doldrums.
What’s your prediction?
Ajax Amsterdam will win 0%
The Old Lady, as they are known, were defeated 1-2 by Manchester United in Turin, and also tasted defeat to Young Boys in the group phase as well.
The great thing about having a young squad, as Ajax do, is that they will head to Turin without ay fear. They don’t have the scars of previous Champions League nights gone bad, and instead they can reflect on monumental performances such as their humbling of Real Madrid in the Spanish capital.
However, Real are a shadow of their former selves, whereas Juventus remain the real deal in big matches; they have too many proven winners not to be.
And remember that we spoke about game management, which is a horrible cliché in football but one with plenty of meaning. Even as this tie ebbs and flows, the Juve players will have the experience to handle the occasions.
So, the first of our Juventus vs Ajax betting tips would be to back Juventus to qualify, that’s if their odds of 1.36 weren’t so prohibitively short.
And so we’re going to have a shot at something else: Ajax to win or draw this second leg via the Double Chance market, which we can back at 2.15. It is a risk but that is reflected in the price, and we do fancy this electrically charged Ajax frontline to cause Juve’s ageing defence all manner of headaches once again.
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