Ajax at Juventus
|Date & Time||Tuesday April 16, 2019, 3:00 PM (EDT)|
Juventus -139 / Ajax +375 / Draw +260
In the UEFA Champions League, Juventus are set to host Ajax for the second leg. The tie currently stands at 1-1 with Juventus having the advantage of an away goal.
Leading up to this match, Juventus played in the Serie A where they were beaten by SPAL. It was a shock defeat for Juventus although it is important to note that many important players were rested. The likes of Leonardo Bonucci and Cristiano Ronaldo were rested for the match against SPAL so the result will not concern Juventus.
On the other side of the coin, Ajax won their domestic league game 6-2. It was a very exciting performance by the Dutch side as they took 13 shots on goal. Klaas-Jan Huntelaar was very impressive as the Dutch striker scored 3 goals. Dusan Tadic also looked very impressive as the winger scored a brace. While the win will give Ajax confidence, not many key players were rested and the issue of fatigue may be a factor for the team in this match.
The first leg was a very closely contested match where Juventus looked very lazy. Juventus were not at their best but the class of Ronaldo ensured that they left Amsterdam with an advantage. Ajax dominated the possession and had 12 more shots than Juventus during the first leg.
With all the information taken into consideration, I am still picking Juventus to win this match. While Ajax have been very impressive, I don’t see the Dutch side winning away from home at Turin. Juventus have the ability to win when they are playing poorly since they have the likes of Ronaldo and Dybala who are amongst the best in the world. Juventus have the experience and knowledge of winning big games and I see them getting the job done at home.