Tip Ajax - Lille Osc
Ajax led 3-0 on aggregate in the Champions League semi-final. They lost out on away goals to a last-gasp goal and their dream of a final faded and died. Despite those heroics, they had to play two qualifying rounds against PAOK and APOEL Nicosia to reach the group stages. Ajax have made a good start to the season and are top of the Dutch Eredvisie on goal difference from PSV. They haven't lost a compettive fixture since the night they were knocked out of the Champions League by Tottenham. Their last five home games in the Champions League have produced two wins this season, a draw and losses to Real Madrid and Spurs, Lille aren't quite in that class.
The French side finished second in Ligue 1 last season but well behind PSG. This is their first campaign in the Champions League but up against Ajax, Chelsea and Valencia, they will do well to qualify. Finishing third and being moved into the Europa League is probably their main target. Lille beat Angers 2-1 at home on Saturday taking them to third in the table after five league games. All nine of their points have come from home wins with two away defeats. That's six away league games without a win for Lille. Go for Ajax to get the home win in this match.
Key points Ajax - Lille Osc
Ajax haven't lost a competitive game since their Champions League exit last season.
Ajax have won both of their home games in this season's Champions League.
Lille struggle on their travels having lost both of their league games this season.
Conclusion Ajax - Lille Osc
Ajax have made a good start to the season topping the Dutch league. They made their way through two qualifying rounds to qualify for the group stages of the Champions League. Now they host Lille who are poor on their travels and have no Champions League experience. The tip here is for a home win.
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Ajax Lille Osc Prediction published on September 14, 2019