Tip Ajax - Liverpool
Liverpool begin their 2020/21 Champions League campaign with a tricky away game against Ajax Amsterdam. The other two teams in the group are Atalanta (quarter finalists last season) and Midtjylland. Jurgen Klopp's team may have won the World Club Championship and Premier League title last season but they lost their European crown. The Reds lost in the last sixteeen to Atletico Madrid and will want to do better this season. Recent games hasn't seen them in the dominant form they were in last season. The weekend saw them draw 2-2 at Everton and that followed that amazing 7-2 loss at Aston Villa and being knocked out of the EFL Cup on penalties by Arsenal. Three of their last six away Champions League matches have been lost. At least that's a better record than in 2018 when five consecutive away games in this competiton ended in defeat. Liverpool will be without Virgil Van Dijk for the foreseeable future, not good news for a team that is conceding a lot of goals. Only one of their last eight away matches hasn't seen both teams score. Clean sheets have only been kept in two of their last 13 away matches.
Ajax reached the Champions League semi-finals two seasons ago but have sold several top players since then. They had an eventful campaign last season, failing to make it out of their group. That wouldn’t have been the case if they’d hung onto a 4-1 away lead at Chelsea and drawing 4-4. Ajax finished on ten points in that group but still only finished third. They then lost to Getafe in the last 32 of the Europa League, so will want a better campaign this time around. Ajax are second in the Eredvisie with four wins and a loss at Gronigen from their five league games. Sunday saw them hammer Heerenveen 5-1 at home with two goals from Tadic Only one of their last ten home league and cup games has been lost. That's a better record than in the Champions League though with the last two played lost to Chelsea and Valencia. A bet on a Liverpool win is the one to make.
Key points Ajax - Liverpool
Ajax have lost their last two home games in the Champions League.
Liverpool aren't always at that best away in the Champions League but it takes teams like Atletico Madrid, Napoli and Barcelona to beat them.
Ajax have failed to score in their last two home Champions League games.
Conclusion Ajax - Liverpool
Liverpool have had an up and down season so far but are still only three points behind the Premier League leaders. Virgil Van Dijk won't be making a return to his homeland due to injury but Liverpool still look to have too much for their opponents. Salah and Mane already have ten league goals between them this season and will cause plenty of problems for Ajax. The home side aren't anywhere near as good as they were a couple of seasons ago due to players leaving the club. Go for an away win here.
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Ajax Liverpool Prediction published on October 18, 2020