Ajax vs Real Madrid: Predictions, Betting Tips & Odds
Real Madrid’s bid for a fourth straight Champions League title sees them travel to Amsterdam to do battle with former European heavyweights Ajax.
It has been a topsy-turvy season for Real Madrid and one that leaves them slightly off the pace in Spain’s La Liga.
However, when it comes to Europe, the record 13-time European champions know how to step up a gear as they chase down a fourth straight title.
Heading to Amsterdam should pose little concern for Santiago Solari as the best betting sites will certainly favour the men from Madrid to progress and with good reason.
The pedigree of the two sides over the last decade has been poles apart with the Dutch side failing to progress beyond this stage since 2003. The Spaniards has also won all of the last six meetings between the two, but the Amsterdam club can harbour some confidence coming into the game.
Erik Ten Hag’s men are yet to lose a home game this season in all competitions including during the visit of Bayern Munich during the Champions’ League group stages.
However, Real Madrid are getting back to their best after a shaky start to 2018/19 and anything other than an away win will be a shock.
Expect Ajax to stay in the tie with a home goal but Real to put one foot in the quarter-final with an unspectacular 3-1 win.
Real Madrid to win and both teams to score
Ajax netted seven home goals during the group stages whilst Real Madrid have only failed to score in one of their last nine away games in all competitions making this bet a top pick with popular sportsbooks for maximum value.
Real Madrid to have over 5.5 corners is 59/50 with Unibet
Real Madrid have averaged six or more corners in seven of their last eight matches in all competitions making this bet a great pick. Unibet have more than 5.5 corners at 59/50.
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Head to Head
There has been success for both sides in the head to heads but certainly more recently for Real Madrid.
The pair met most recently during the 2012/13 group stages with Real Madrid winning both home and away 4-1.
However, Ajax did beat the Spaniards in the semi-finals of the 1972/73 European Cup competition and then went on to lift the trophy.
Overall, the pair has met 12 times with Ajax claiming four wins, Real recording seven victories and just one draw shared between the two.
Real Madrid are seeking their fourth straight Champions League title.
Ajax finished second in group E behind Bayern Munich on 12 points.
Real Madrid topped group G with 12 points.
Ajax have not reached the quarter-finals of the Champions League since 2003.
Ajax defeated Real Madrid in the semi-finals of the 72/73 European Cup on their way to the title.