Ajax – AEK Athens FC SOCCER PICKS
Ajax and AEK Athens meet at Amsterdam ArenA, in a match for this phase of the UEFA Champions League (Group Stage). This will be the first direct confrontation between these two teams, as they have never faced each other before.
The home team won the access to this group stage, after in the previous round eliminated Dinamo Kiev, after a draw away by (0-0) and a home win by (3-1). In the last match that they disputed, for the Eredivisie, they beat Groningen at home (3-0). In the last 10 home matches Ajax has won 5, tied 2 and lost 3 of the last matches.
For this competition, he does not lose 6 games. Their attack has scored regularly, since they have scored goals in 5 of the last 6 matches for this competition. In their away matches there is a tendency for goals, since in 26 of the last 29 matches there were Over 1,5 goals and in 21 of the last 29 there were Over 2,5 goals. This is a team that usually scores many times first: opened the scoring in 7 of its last 9 games, of these 7 reached the break in advantage in 6 and managed to maintain the advantage until the end of the 90 ‘in 6.
The Ajax comes to this game with a triumph, 3-0, at the reception at Groningen, thus adding the ninth game followed without losing in official matches. To reach the group stage of the Champions League, the Dutch beat Dynamo Kiev in the play-offs. In this match against the fans, coach Erik ten Hag is expected to act in the usual tactical system, that is, in 4-3-3, benefiting possession of the ball and organized attacks: Dusan Tadic is a key player in the team Dutch. The experienced Klaas-Jan Huntelaar is the best score of the team in all competitions, with 10 goals scored. For this game the local coach can not count on Cerny, Veltman and Bandé, all with physical problems.
The visiting team won access to this group stage after in the previous round eliminated Videoton, with a draw at home by (1-1) and a win by (1-2). In the last match they played, for the Super League, they beat Panionios at home by (4-0). In the last 10 away matches AEK Athens has 6 wins, 3 draws and 1 loss. Their defense has not been very strong, since they have suffered at least one goal in each of the last 4 matches, but their attack has scored regularly, since they have scored at least one goal in each of the last 4 matches for this competition. In their away matches there is a tendency for few goals, since 12 of the last 27 matches have ended with Under 1,5 goals and 18 out of 27 ended with Under 2,5 goals.
The AEK Athens started for this day motivated, after a triumph, by 4-0, in the reception to Panionios, in a game for the Championship of Greece. To point out that the Greeks reach this group stage after overcoming, in the play-offs, the Videoton. In this out-of-home match, the team under the orders of Marinos Ouzcionarios should present themselves with a low block, exploring in the best way the space existing on the back of the opponent: Anastasios Bakasetas is the main intervener in this type of transition. For this game the coach can count on all his actors.