Ajax vs Barcelona 11/05/2014 UEFA Champions League Preview,Odds and Prediction
Barcelona vs Ajax
Wednesday 5th November 2014 19:45(GMT)
The Line: Ajax 8/1 Draw 9/2 Barcelona 2/5 See the Latest Odds
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A tough game to handicap this one, there is no doubt on paper Barcelona are so much better that they should win easy, but this is football and the Champions League and Ajax are a good side, young and improving all the time. Barcelona are also going through a rough patch having lost their last two and look a little out of sorts. Luis Suarez, Messi and Nymar as a front three though is ridiculous talent. The question for Barcelona is can they come out of the mini slump they are in? With a defence that has struggled of late and a midfield of Xavi and Iniesta who havent quite been at their best of late. Iniesta though was terrific against Ajax in the first game so I would expect him to start here. Barcelona will want to clinch qualification with a win here, a loss or draw could put Barca in a tough position with regard to winning the Group and generally speaking teams want to win the group to avoid a tough second round fixture.
This is a very young ajax team that is starting to compete again on the European stage Frnak De Boar has brought through some quality young players and Schone, Sigborrson and Milik will be the main threats for Barcelona tonight. In the first leg Ajax showed that they can be dangerous on the counter attack and in the Amsterdam Arena with a big home crowd I am expecting a big performance from the home team.
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I am taking Ajax +1 on the first half handicap. I think that Ajax coul actually get a point from this game although if Barcelona's front three start to click they could easily run away with this. At the moment though I just cant trust Barcelona so I am taking Ajax +1 on the halftime handicap.
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