This duel between Standard and Ajax is certainly one of the most interesting duels in third preround of the Champions League, and each team already played two games in new season, Standard played two matches in the Belgium national championship, and Ajax played one preround of the Champions League. Standard had one solid start and in these two matches they recorded one victory one draw, and Ajax defeated Sturm two times and showed clearly that they are ready for the performance, even in the group stage of the Champions League this season. These two rivals already met once before, it was two years ago in group stage of the Europa League and that match in Liege ended with result 1:1.
Standard is undefeated after two games played in new Belgium championship, but it should be mention that they were defeated previously in the Supercup duel that they played against actual champion Club Brugge, and so they lost a chance to win another triumph after they won Cup last season. In the championship they play well, they won the very first game of the season, one they played against always unpleasant Gent and that was a game in which many goals were scored and definitely reminded us of the Standard from last season when they played more offense and for one more goal to score.
They celebrated with 3:2 and this was the first victory for their new coach Preud'homme, who made some changes in the team after their defeat in the Supercup, so now Fai, Djenepo and Emond are in, and these last two were the scorers against Gent. Same lineups were on the field last weekend against Beveren, but this match ended without goals.
Ajax expects a lot from this season and it might be said that they stared very determined in effort to make something. Their first aim is the group stage of the Champions League and they only played two matches in this competition so far, and in both they recorded victories. Sturm from Graz certainly is not the team to win over easily, however, in both duel Ajax imposed themselves as a favorite and they routinely skip that obstacle. They had some troubles at the very beginning of the first match, but they played much better and recorded a 2:0 victory at home field, which widely opened the door for the third preround for them.
Still, they were not yet satisfied and in rematch they celebrated another triumph, this time with 3:1, an only goal they received in the very finish of the match. Coach ten Hag is making some combinations for now, for example, in first match Tadic and their biggest reinforcement Blind were on the bench, only entered the game in second half. Team also have some troubles with injuries due to which Veltman, Bande and Dolberg did not play. They kept great midfielder Ziyecha and he is in great shape same as well experienced attacker Huntelaar.
Standard will certainly want to make whatever advantage possible at home filed for the rematch, but at this moment Ajax is a better team and in much better shape, so they are most certainly capable to fight back, to even score a goal and to open their road for the next round for themselves.
Bet Type: Both teams to score
Best Odds: 1.72 at
Stake: 2% bankroll (40 Units)
Date/Time: 07-Aug-2018 20:00 CET
Event Result: 2:2(0:2)
Profit: +28.80 Units