Real Madrid v Ajax Champions League preview and tips

21:00 Tue 05 Mar
Football
Europe
Champions League
Tip: Real + BTTS
Units: 1/5
Odds: +162

Real Madrid might not have the services of Cristiano Ronaldo anymore, although they have to be taken seriously as Champions League contenders, especially as they’ve won the past three renewals of this competition.

While it was Zinedine Zidane who steered them to each success, Santiago Solari is more than capable of following in the footsteps of his predecessor, with the Spaniard watching his Real side enjoy a 2-1 first leg victory in Amsterdam.

Thibaut Courtois is now the man between the sticks for Los Merengues and he enjoyed a strong performance against Ajax, while Vinicius Junior looks to be the perfect replacement for CR7 and the Brazilian could cause maximum damage to Dutch opposition in this clash.

Ajax will feel slightly aggrieved about the first leg defeat considering that they had a goal disallowed by VAR after the referee initially gave it, with the visitors now having to attack at the Bernabeu and that will leave gaps at the back.

Ultimately, Ajax need to score twice in order to go through and that also means denying a team who have so much knowhow when it comes to this illustrious competition, with Sergio Ramos continuing to demonstrate that he’s among the world’s best defenders.

Real are in fine form at the moment and haven’t lost a meaningful match since a 2-0 reverse to Sociedad at the start of the year, with Toni Kroos and Luka Modric in a midfield department that knows how to control games and compete at the business end of this competition.

We can see Madrid running in a few goals over the course of this match although Ajax will be want to give a good account of themselves and it’s worth noting that they were pretty impressive during the group stage of the competition.

For that reason, we will back a home win and both teams to score, with Karim Benzema likely to be among the scorers for the Spanish side.

BETTING TIP

Real to win + BTTS @ 2.62 with bet365

Team News

Real Madrid: 4-3-3 (Confirmed Line-ups)
Ajax: 4-3-3 (Confirmed Line-ups)
  • 25
    Thibaut Courtois
  • 23
    Sergio Reguilón
  • 05
    Raphael Varane
  • 06
    Nacho Fernandez
  • 02
    Daniel Carvajal
  • 10
    Luka Modric
  • 14
    Casemiro
  • 08
    Toni Kroos
  • 28
    Vinícius Júnior
  • 09
    Karim Benzema
  • 17
    Lucas Vázquez
  • 24
    Andre Onana
  • 12
    Noussair Mazraoui
  • 04
    Matthijs de Ligt
  • 17
    Daley Blind
  • 31
    Nicolas Tagliafico
  • 06
    Donny van de Beek
  • 20
    Lasse Schone
  • 21
    Frenkie De Jong
  • 22
    Hakim Ziyech
  • 10
    Dusan Tadic
  • 07
    David Neres Campos