Juventus will be more than happy they avoided one of the bigger teams in their Champions League quarterfinal, although with the first leg being played away they will want to take the initiative into the second leg and not have to rely on any last minute Ronaldo heroics in Turin. Form Labs return with their betting preview and tips for the first leg clash and if you are after some enhanced odds then we have plenty available in our FanBoosts section.
Ajax Have Been Impressive
It was an impressive display from Ajax in the last 16 as they knocked out winners of four of the last five editions, Real Madrid, despite losing the opening leg 2-1 at home.
They were solid in the group stages too, as they won half their six unbeaten matches and could’ve topped their group if they hadn’t let their one-goal lead slip in the final eight minutes when hosting Bayern on matchday six.
Meanwhile, Juventus topped their group, though they did have a serious scare in the last round as Atletico beat them 2-0 at the Wanda Metropolitano, only for them to valiantly fight back and qualify in the second leg thanks to a Cristiano Ronaldo hat-trick.
Ajax Dominant In The Final Third
Ajax have been carving up the Eredivisie as they lead PSV on goal difference, while they’ve won nine of their 10 matches since mid-February across all competitions.
One thing that has impressed us has been their output in the final third, as they warmed up for this clash with a 4-1 victory over Willem II to take their league tally to 100 goals this term.
They averaged 3.9 goals per game across these nine recent victories, while they’re yet to fire a blank from their 22 matches at the Johan Cruijff Arena this season, averaging 3.5 gpg across them.
Ajax v Juventus Betting Tips
Juve have won seven of their last eight matches in all competitions, even though they’ve rotated their team to ensure they’re in perfect order for this clash, with Ronaldo rearing to go again.
However, on the road is where they look most likely to allow teams to take the game to them as they’ve gone W7-D1-L4 from their last 12 trips in all competitions since December, conceding in five of the last eight, as they could only keep out Sassuolo, Bologna and Cagliari – all of which currently reside in the bottom half of Serie A.
In team news, the hosts will have to go to battle without suspended right-back Noussair Mazraoui. That is likely to mean Ronaldo will have the chance to run at the an inexperienced full-back down that flank and we’d surprised to not see that create a fair few clear-cut chances, leaving the both teams to score market with plenty of appeal.
That’s especially the case given Ajax have conceded in both their last two outings without Mazraoui, as even 15th-placed Eredivisie side Emmen got in on the action with two strikes.
Not to mention, when travelling to the Netherlands, Italian sides have seen both teams get onto the scoreboard in 13 of their 15 visits since 2008/09 (one playoff game), including all six in this competition.
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