Bayern Munich vs Ajax: Predictions, Odds and Betting Tips
A meeting of two of European football’s greatest names isn’t the contest it once was, and Bayern Munich should be comfortable against Ajax.
Group E’s top two sides go head to head in a clash that once upon a time would have had the whole of Europe on the edge of their seats.
Unfortunately, the Eredivisie is not the league it once was largely due to money and the home side will expect to take the three-points and big step towards the knockout stages.
German heavyweights Bayern Munich are one of Europe’s elite sides and will look at this game with Ajax as a match they really should win.
Over the last few years, financial restraints coming into the Dutch league has left the 33-time Eredivisie winners heavily rely on their famous youth academy as they have been unable to tempt the world elite players to the club as they are unable to pay the wages of the Bundesliga, La Liga or Premier League.
That has led to a certain lack of competitiveness compared to the top leagues that looks like swinging this game in favour to the power house of Germany.
Bayern have won two of their last three games 2-0 and that looks like a smart prediction for this game.
- Both teams to score is no
The last time Ajax travelled to the Allianz Arena they were trounced 4-0 and will have bad memories.
Also, Bayern have kept four clean sheets in their last six outings in all competitions.
At 3/4, both teams to score looks like a nice little earner.
- A goal before 21:00
Bayern has been fast starters this season and netted in the 10th minute against Benfica.
They backed this up by then scoring in the 8th minute against Schalke in the Bundesliga making an early goal a likely scenario.
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Head to Head
Despite the side’s remarkable presence on the European stage, they have met decidedly few times, eight to be exact.
The first meeting between the two occurred during the 1972-73 European Cup campaign in the quarter-finals which the Dutch giants came through 5-2 on aggregate.
They also went on to win the title that year but in the 1980/81 campaign Bayern got their revenge in the last sixteen stage winning 7-2.
The pair last met during the group stage of the 2004/05 Champions League with Ajax snatching a point at home with 2-2 draw but suffering a 4-0 thumping in Munich which ended Ajax’s hopes of progression.
- Every single European Cup from 1971 to 1976 was won by either Bayern Munich or Ajax.
- Between Bayern and Ajax, they have won the European Cup nine times.
- The side playing at home has won six of the eight meetings between the two.
- Ajax are back in the Champions League proper for the first time in four years.
- Bayern Munich has reached a minimum of the quarter-finals for the last seven straight seasons.