Italian giants Juventus will visit Dutch powerhouse Ajax in their Champions League quarter-final clash on Wednesday.
Juventus are on their way to yet another Scudetto, as they lead second-placed Napoli by 20 points. Even if it is mathematically uncertain, another league title is in the bag for Massimiliano Allegri. They faced Milan in the Serie A on Saturday and recorded a comeback 2-1 win. Youngster Moise Kean continued his form, scoring the winner.Embed from Getty Images
Kean has deputized well for Cristiano Ronaldo, as the Portuguese star has been nursing an injury in recent weeks. He will be fit to face Ajax though, which is a big boost for his side. Ronaldo’s hat-trick helped Juventus record a 3-0 win in their Round of 16-second leg against Atletico Madrid. Atleti led 2-0 from the first leg, but Ronaldo’s heroics carried Juve through.
Ronaldo did not feature against Milan, but Allegri said that “he was confident” that he will be ready. Juve have won four out of their last five league games. The only loss was against Genoa, which is the only Serie A game they have lost this season. Wednesday’s match will be their third quarter-final in as many years, something which they have not achieved in two decades.
Ajax are also reviving their European status but to a more significant extent. The Dutch side has had success in continental competitions, but this is the first time they have reached the quarter-finals in the last 16 years. Erik ten Hag has stitched up an impressive outfit, and Ajax are still in contention for an unlikely treble this season.
They lead the Eredivisie on goal difference, and PSV Eindhoven are bound to give them a tight title race. Ajax have scored 100 goals in the league already, which provides them with a rate better than three per game. Willem were their latest prey, as they were beaten 4-1 at the weekend.
Despite their league heroics, their best performance of the season came in the Champions League. They defeated defending champions Real Madrid 4-1 at the Bernabeu, as their youthful exuberance was too much for the Los Blancos. The likes of Dusan Tadic and Frenkie de Jong impressed, and they will need to be on it against Juve as well.
Injuries and Suspensions
Ronaldo is the primary injury concern after he limped off on international duty last month. He will most likely return, which will demote Kean to the bench. Paulo Dybala will also be pushing for a start. Noussair Mazraoui will be suspended for Ajax due to the accumulation of yellow cards.
Ajax vs Juventus Prediction
The last time Ajax beat Juventus was in 1973, which is not good news for them. Ajax will not hold back in the game, and they will aim to play their passing game. Juventus could be too much for them though, and Ronaldo will seek to mark his return with a bang. The Italian side should prevail, which would make them huge favorites to progress. Expect both teams to score, but Juve to clinch the victory.
Both Teams To Score- Yes @ 1.75 at Bet365