Real Madrid vs Ajax: Predictions, Betting Tips & Odds
Tuesday, March 5th, 2019 @15:00
Santiago Bernabéu Stadium
Round of 16, Leg 2/2
Ajax have it all to do as they travel to the Santiago Bernabeu to face a Real Madrid side who have two vital away goals and lead in the tie.
Real Madrid have virtually conceded the title to Barcelona – and were dumped out of the Copa del Rey by their bitter rivals recently – so will be putting all of their efforts into winning a fourth successive Champions League. The Spanish club are in full control of this tie at the moment and have a foot in the quarter finals already.
A late Marco Asensio goal in Amsterdam probably put paid to Ajax’s chances of progressing from what was always going to be a tough round of 16 tie. The famous Dutch club will know that they will need to give everything if they stand any chance of going through but they do have a strong, young side who seemingly know no fear.
Talismanic captain Sergio Ramos is suspended for the second leg and was adjudged to have deliberately attempted to get yellow carded in Amsterdam. His punishment has been extended now but Real Madrid should not have too much trouble winning this one in front of their own fans – and will be heavily favoured by the bookies.
Ajax play some lovely football and were able to go to the Allianz Arena earlier in the campaign and get a draw against Bayern Munich. But they need a win in Madrid and that seems to be too much of an ask for the Amsterdam club. Real should win this second leg as well and could run out 3-1 winners.
Total goals over 3.5
- Ajax have no option other than to go for goals in Madrid so this looks like it could be an open game with lots of chances. Unfortunately for the visitors, that also means that Real Madrid will get a few chances to score as well.
Karim Benzema to score the first goal
- Benzema has enjoyed being the main man after Ronaldo left for Juventus in the summer and has scored four in the last five games at the Bernabeu.
1 x 2 Odds
Head to Head
Real Madrid beat Ajax in the first leg and have traditionally enjoyed playing these opponents. Ajax haven’t beaten Los Blancos since 1995.
- If Real Madrid end up winning this season’s Champions League it will be the first time any club has won four successive tournaments since they themselves won the first ever five editions of the competition.
- Ajax are the sixth most successful club in European Cup/Champions League history, having won the tournament four times – three times in a row at the start of the 1970s.
- Real Madrid are able to be so successful due to their phenomenally talented ball players – only Dortmund and Barcelona have played more passes in this this season’s Champions League.
- If this is to be Ajax’s final Champions League game of the season it has been a long run, as they needed to overcome three qualifying rounds before even playing in the group stage. This will make it 14 matches in all.