Two sides in a battle to secure top spot in Group H and move one step closer to this year’s Champions League knockout stage, Chelsea will welcome Ajax to Stamford Bridge on Tuesday night.
Starting with the hosts, despite crashing out of the EFL Cup last week, Frank Lampard saw his side to make a return to winning ways at Vicarage Road over the weekend. Picking up a 2-1 win over Watford and reclaiming their spot in the Premier League top-four, the former England midfielder has seen his side win eight of their last nine matches across all competitions, a run that stems back to the 22nd of September. With their recent purple patch epitomized by their shock 1-0 victory away in Amsterdam a fortnight ago and continuing to shine in the final third, fans around Stamford Bridge will be calling on their side to make some European improvements on home soil. Opening their Group H campaign with a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Valencia in West London, the former Premier League champions have failed to win any of their last four Champions League matches in SW4.
As for the visitors, while Ajax may have been stunned to see Chelsea pick up a 1-0 win at the Johan Cruijff Arena, there is no doubt that fans in Amsterdam will be glad to see their side make an eye-catching return to winning ways. Putting four past both PEC Zwolle and Feyenoord over the past two weekends, Erik ten Hag’s men are still enjoying a remarkable run of form that has seen them lose just one matchup across all formats since the 8th of May. Seen to be one of the leading contenders to secure another spot in the knockout stage, last year’s semi-finalists have also continued to shine in Europe while away on foreign soil. Opening their Group H campaign with a very impressive win away at Valencia, Ajax are unbeaten in their last 12 Champions League matches on the road, a run that has seen them land victories over the likes of Real Madrid, Juventus, and Tottenham.
While Chelsea might be enjoying their brightest run since appointing Frank Lampard over the summer, the Blues have still continued to show some defensive issues and their Champions League record at Stamford Bridge has left plenty to the imagination. Despite suffering a 1-0 defeat against the Blues a fortnight ago, Ajax have bounced back in some style and still have a reputation for their free-scoring antics. Given their stellar European record on the road, we’re backing Ajax to enjoy another bright 90 minutes in the final third.
Bet Type: Total Goals
Selection: Over 2.5
Best Odds: 1.61 at
Stake: 2% bankroll (40 Units)
Date/Time: 05-Nov-2019 21:00 CET
Event Result: 4:4(1:3)
Profit: +24.40 Units