Juventus and Ajax will lock horns once again on Tuesday for the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final clash.
Juventus narrowly have the edge heading into Tuesday after they were able to secure a crucial away goal, but Ajax’s superb performance – coupled with the fact that they previously dispatched Real Madrid at the Bernabeu – means that the outcome of the tie is firmly in the balance.
Check out 90min’s preview of Tuesday’s clash below.
Where to Watch
|When Is Kick Off?||Tuesday 16 April|
|What Time Is Kick Off?||20:00 (BST)|
|Where Is it Played?||Allianz Stadium|
|TV Channel/Live Stream?||BT Sport 3/BT Sport 4K UHD|
Cristiano Ronaldo returned to action after a brief injury layoff to play a pivotal role in the first leg draw and, after being rested during Juventus’ Serie A defeat against SPAL on Saturday, he should be fit to start again on Tuesday.
Whilst the news surrounding Ronaldo is positive, Massimilano Allegri does have a number of other issues to contend with. Giorgio Chiellini, Martin Caceres, Emre Can, and Douglas Costa are all set to miss out through injury, while Blaise Matuidi is a doubt after leaving the field early during the first leg.
No such concerns for Ajax, as
|Juventus||Szczesny; Cancelo, Bonnuci, Rugani, Sandro; Pjanic, Bentancur, Matuidi; Bernardeschi, Ronaldo, Mandzukic.|
|Ajax||Onana; Veltman, De Ligt, Blind, Tagliafico; De Jong, Schone, Van de Beek, Ziyech, Neres; Tadic.|
Head to Head Record
Juventus certainly have the upper hand when it comes to the history of this fixture, as I Bianconeri are unbeaten in their previous nine matches against Ajax.
In fact, the last time the Dutch side got the better of their Italian opposition was back in 1973, when they lifted the European Cup in Belgrade.
Prior to the first leg tie, the last time the two teams met in the Champions League was back in 2004, but they did face off against one another in the Europa League in 2010, where Juventus prevailed 2-1 over two legs.
Juventus have been in imperious form so far this season, but they are currently going through a sticky phase, at least compared their usual lofty standards.
Ajax have been enjoying a stunning season and they continued their march to the
|SPAL 2-1 Juventus (13/04)||Ajax 6-2 Excelsior (13/04)|
|Ajax 1-1 Juventus (10/04)||Ajax 1-1 Juventus (10/04)|
|Juventus 2-1 Milan (06/04)||Willem II 1-4 Ajax (06/04)|
|Cagliari 0-2 Juventus (02/04)||FC Emmen 2-5 Ajax (03/04)|
|Juventus 1-0 Empoli (30/03)||Ajax 3-1 PSV (31/03)|
Juventus aren’t necessarily at the peak of their powers right now and they have a number of first team stars out injured, but their insatiable desire to end the long wait for Champions League glory shouldn’t be underestimated.
Ajax have performed admirably to get themselves into this position and, if they can grab an early away goal then they’ll have genuine shot at causing another upset.
They don’t, however, have Ronaldo in their ranks. As have been proven countless times, the Portuguese superstar lives for games like this and his influence could end up deciding the outcome of the match.
It certainly won’t be straightforward, but Juventus should have enough experience to get the job done.
Prediction: Juventus 2-1 Ajax (3-2 Aggregate)