Juventus vs Ajax Preview, Predictions, Lineups, Team News

Juventus vs Ajax
Champions League, Europe
Date: Tuesday, 16th April 2019
Kick off at: 20.00 GMT
Venue: Allianz Stadium, Turin, Italy

Drawing 1-1 in the first leg everything is left to play for both Juventus and Ajax on Tuesday. Both teams will be battling hard to get the tickets into Champions League semifinals stage.

Juventus vs Ajax Possible Lineups

Here are the possible lineups for both teams as they prepare themselves for this midweek Champions League second leg tie.  Let’s take a look at the probable lineups and formation that they could be setting up to help them getting that win.

Juventus

Expected Formation: 4-3-3

Probable Lineups: Szczesny(g);Cancelo, Bonucci, Rugani, Sandro(def);Betancur, Pjanic, Matuidi(mid);Bernardeschi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Mandzukic(att).

Ajax

Expected Formation: 4-3-3

Probable Lineups: Onana(g);Mazraoui, De Ligt, Blind, Veltman(def);Van der Beek, Schone, De Jong(mid); Ziyech, Tadic, Neres(att).

Recent Form

Before heading into this Tuesday Champions League battle, both teams have been involved in other games. Let’s check out the latest results that they have been getting to have a clear idea about their current form.

Juventus

Recent form in all competition (last five matches): WWWDL

The Turin giant have been doing quite well aside from their last two matches. After drawing the first leg against  Ajax, Juve saw themselves getting beaten by SPAL 2-1.

However, Bianconeri were resting most of their players and were even playing several young talents. That’s why that defeat won’t make any significant impact on their morale or preparation ahead of Tuesday tie.

Ajax

Recent form in all competition (last five matches) :WWWDW

Erik ten Hag’s side on the other hand have been able to maintain their recent run of good results. The Lancers have won four matches and drew one in their latest five fixtures.

The only draw was against Juve in their first leg encounter at Ajax’s home ground. Despite playing away from home, Ten Hag’s men will not change their approach and ambition to beat their Italian opponent.

Team News

Juventus

The Bianconeri will be playing without Martin Caceres along with Juan Cuadrado for this midweek tie. There’s still some uncertainties regarding Giorgio Chiellini’s condition, but if he is fit the veteran defender will play.

Juve most likely going to start with their usual front line of Ronaldo, Bernardeschi and Mandzukic. However, Douglas Costa could be given a run if things doesn’t work out well for them.

Ajax

Ten Hag also has some absentes to handle for this second leg battle on Tuesday. Eiting, Cerny and Bande won’t be available because of injuries, while Tagliafico is out due to suspension.

There’s a concerning situation regarding Frenkie de Jong’s condition, but he is called for the match. Ajax are hoping their free flowing play will be successful again in their away trip to Turin.

Head to Head Records:

Previous five meetings between both teams are still in Juve’s favor with three wins and two draws.

However, their latest two encounters have all been ended in draws, including the two sides 1-1 draw at Amsterdam.

Match Prediction

Juve are keen on proving their worth as one of the favorites to win Champions League this season. They are confidence with themselves at home, especially after their success in eliminating Atletico Madrid.

However, Ajax can pose a different threat as Ten Hag’s team plays different style of football. Juve remain favorite to win on paper, but this tie could be a very tight one.

Final Score: 2-1

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