Ajax v Real Madrid Champions League betting preview and tips
Ajax were pitched into a fairly tough-looking Champions League group that included Bayern Munich and Benfica, although the Dutch side acquitted themselves really well and actually came through the whole stage unbeaten.
Erik ten Hag’s team began with a 3-0 win over AEK Athens and they were then able to land a point at the Allianz Arena before claiming four points over Benfica which put them in the driving seat when it came to qualifying for the last sixteen of the Champions League.
The Amsterdam side now have the small matter of Real Madrid coming to town, although there are reasons to suggest that Ajax can get a positive result against the competition holders, especially after claiming draws home and away against Bayern.
Hakim Ziyech might not be a household name although the Moroccan has been excellent for the Dutch Eredivisie team this season, while Dutch international Frenkie De Jong is going to be a massive star of the future and Dusan Tadic has moved on to better things since leaving Southampton.
Real Madrid are bidding for an incredible fourth straight Champions League success, with Zinedine Zidane and Cristiano Ronaldo now longer at the Bernabeu although Santiago Solari has galvanised the troops after the short-lived reign of Julen Lopetegui.
Real sit fourth in La Liga although they won their Champions League group at a canter. That said, there were two defeats suffered along the way including a 1-0 defeat away to CSKA Moscow which indicates that they could be vulnerable in a match such as this one.
Ajax are nearly even money with half a goal advantage which means you would make a profit with this bet if the game ended all square, with Real likely to be satisfied with this outcome especially if it included at least one away goal.
Ajax +0.5 @ 1.94 with bet365