Going to be a tough ask for Manchester United to overturn the 1-0 deficit in their Champions League quarterfinal second leg clash against Barcelona at the Camp Nou. The Catalan giants have been in supreme form at home and nothing short of their best performance of the season will be required by Solskjaer’s team if they are going to get through. Form labs bring you their betting preview and tips for the game and if value is what you are after head over to our FanBoosts section and check out our selection of enhanced odds.
Juventus First Leg Fortunes
Juventus were a tad fortunate to take a stalemate back to Turin, though they remain on course for the semi-finals after Cristiano Ronaldo popped up with the all-important away goal.
However, the Old Lady have no room for complacency hosting an Ajax side that impressed against Bayern in the group stages and stunned holders Real Madrid in the previous round.
The Dutch outfit enjoyed 61% of the possession in the first leg and had 19 attempts on goal (six on target), whereas Juve were limited to just the solitary effort on target as they struggled to create much in the way of clear-cut chances.
Ronaldo Key For Juve
Big money was spent on the now 34-year-old Ronaldo with this competition in mind, and he showed no lack of sharpness on his return from injury as he bagged his 125th Champions League goal with a diving header.
He was rested at the weekend, a surprise defeat away at SPAL that means his team will have to wait a little longer for an eighth consecutive Serie A title, but the Portuguese superstar comes alive in the knockout rounds of this tournament like no other player.
He has a record 64 goals in the knockout stages alone, with 24 of these in quarter-finals, and in fact, he’s only failed to score in one of nine second-leg quarter-final appearances throughout his career as he netted 15 times across these games.
Juventus v Ajax Betting Tips
Including play-offs, Dutch sides are W1-D4-L12 when travelling to Italian shores in this competition since 2001/02, failing to score in 11 of these games, though only five saw them lose by more than the single strike.
This Ajax team are clearly a cut above anything the Eredivisie has produced in recent years, but fearless and youthful though they may be, a lack of experience may cost them here. Indeed, the Bianconeri are W7-D2-L1 in home knockout matches since 2014/15, with the defeat against Real Madrid last term and one of the stalemates against Barcelona. Furthermore, of the 11 knockout ties since 2010/11 where the first leg finished 1-1, the side home in the second leg has prevailed on eight occasions, winning by two or more goals in seven.
Given Ronaldo has scored the first of the game in five of the last six Champions League matches in which he found the net, we like the enhanced odds for him to score the opener and for his Juve side to win.
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