UCL preview: Atalanta vs Ajax, stats and prediction
Atalanta will host Eredivisie giants, Ajax Amsterdam at home in Italy for a Champions league matchday-2 clash on Tuesday. The second round group D fixtures will see Atalanta vs Ajax, while Liverpool host Midtjylland at Anfield.
Atalanta look the most confident in this UCL fixture following a 0-4 thumping of FC Midtjylland last week. Their first away fixture against the Denmark side saw them score 3 goals in the first half. A late goal from the Italian visitors seals the defeat for the Denmark-side and a win for Atalanta.
However, the hosts – Atalanta were dealt with a huge blow in their domestic league, SERIE A over the weekend. The Italian side suffered a 1-3 defeat at home to Sampdoria with a penalty goal being the only goal from the home side.
Ajax, in contrast, suffered a home defeat at the hands of current Premier League Champions, Liverpool in matchday-1. A lone goal hands them a loss in their first match-up in the UCL group D fixtures.
However, Ajax took a commanding stance over the weekend in the Eredivisie to ensure a boost in form. Ajax handed a 0-13 defeat to a 10-man VV Venlo in a domestic league fixture on Saturday. A game that saw them score 4 goals in the first half. More woes continues for the hosts as they see 9 more goals go through their goalpost in the second half.
Atalanta vs Ajax STATS
Atalanta has only failed to score in only one of their last 14 home games. ‘La Dea’ also produced at least 3.5 goals in their last 6 competitive games this season. Also, they have seen five of these games end with both teams scoring at least a goal [W4, L2].
Ajax are unbeaten in their last six UCL away games [W3, D3]. Also, the Dutch-side have seen both teams score a goal in five of these six away games.
Key Stats – Duvan Zapata has scored in four of his last six appearances ; two of his last best were first-half openers. Lassina Traore is the first player to score five goals for Ajax in a league game since Marvo Van Basten in 1985.
Players to watch
ATALANTA – Duvan Zapata, Illicic and Luis Muriel
AJAX – Lassina Traore, Tadic and Tagliafico
Both sides will definitely clash into a goal rout. Goal expentancy from both sides edges at least 3.5 goals in this tie. However, the Dutch-side remain favorites to grab a point or earn a win in this UCL fixture. We’ll be expecting a cracker on Tuesday night from these estactic sides.
ATALANTA 2-3 AJAX