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- Updated: 28th August 2019
Ajax vs APOEL – Champions League: After the extraordinary campaign in the Champions League last season
Ajax’s roster suffered several onslaughts from the European sharks, with de Light, de Jong and Schone, who were influential players for them last season already having left, and many others having been harassed by the great European clubs.
So far, Ajax has been managing to hold on to some of their most influential players and that way avoid a raid on their roster, but the market still hasn’t closed and all of that generates instability on the players and the roster as a whole.
If from the financial point of view this Summer transfer window has been a success, from the sporting point of view, it is the exact opposite.
Ajax kicked off the Dutch Eredivisie with a draw, and on the qualification stage for the Champions League, they have been feeling some difficulties, having eliminated PAOK from Greece on the last round by the minimum margin, drawing in Greece 2-2 and winning at home by 3-2.
Now, on this play-off, they’ve gotten another draw away from home against APOEL from Cyprus.
It is expectable that Ajax advances, playing at home, and with the support of their crowd, and despite the youth of many players, they are a lot more experienced at this level.
However, APOEL is an annoying team, that closes itself well, not allowing a lot of opportunities to the opponents, being a very fierce team and that looks for quick transitions to surprise the opponent, and this Ajax, due to the goalless draw of the 1st leg, has to look to score, which suits the playstyle of the Cypriots perfectly.
You just have to glance at APOEL’s results on the qualification stage to understand that: they have won the 2 matches played away from home and they didn’t concede a single goal. However, Ajax can’t be compared to Qarabag and Sutjeska, because their quality is much higher.
Dolberg, Promes and Eiting are the main absences on the Dutch side for this match, with Alef, Efrem and Vouros being the biggest absence on the side of the Cypriots.
It is clear that Ajax has a better roster and they are naturally the favourites, but I think that the odds are a bit excessive. With the several changes on the roster and a couple more undefinitions, Ajax is still a team looking to find their path.
If for the Dutch league it is enough and in most of the encounters, they haven’t been finding resistance, on the level of demand of the Champions League, the difficulties have been clear.
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Ajax vs APOEL – Betting Tips: :
After the goalless draw, I expect a tight APOEL, defending well and exploring the transitions, and Ajax might feel some difficulties here, because they are a team that is clearly still looking for the best intermeshing on their defence and that has been conceding a lot of goals, and in case the Cypriots score first, the difficulties may be even bigger.
Ajax are favourites, but I don’t think they are as favourites as the bookmakers suggest, so I think they won’t win this encounter by more than 2 goals.
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|APOEL AH +2.5|