Ajax vs BesiktasUEFA Champions League, KO: 17:45 Sep 28, 2021, Johan Cryuff Arena
Ajax will aim to maintain their impressive start to the UEFA Champions League as they host Besiktas in their second Group C fixture. The Dutch champions have looked a different class both domestically and, on the continent, and should be too strong for Besiktas.
Ajax began their Champions League campaign in superb style and claimed a 5-1 victory at Sporting CP in their opening fixture. Sebastian Haller netted four times while Steven Berghuis was also on target.
It has been a generally excellent start to the season for Ajax, who are also unbeaten after seven Eredivisie matches. They head into Tuesday’s clash off the back of a 3-0 victory over Groningen in the with Edson Alvarez, Antony and Noussair Mazraoui getting the goals.
Manager Erik Ten Hag likes his team to always play on the front foot and Ajax have scored two or more goals in their last six matches across all competitions. They also appear to have found a way to tighten up at the back with just one goal conceded in that run.
Besiktas began their Champions League journey on a sour note as they were beaten 2-1 at home by Borussia Dortmund. They fell two goals down before Javi Montero pulled one back deep into added time.
In contrast to Ajax, Besiktas have not been at their best lately with just one win in their last four matches across all competitions. The Turks travel to the Dutch capital off the back of a 2-1 defeat at Altay last time out in the Super Lig.
Sergen Yalcin’s men have struggled to maintain their discipline at the back and are without a clean sheet in their last four matches. They have also conceded nine goals in that run and should find things difficult against Ajax's excellent attack.
How the bookies view it
Head to head
There are no previous matches between Ajax and Besiktas.
Players to watch
Sebastian Haller is the top scorer for Ajax this season and netted four goals in their opening fixture in the Champions League. The striker will be the one to watch on Tuesday and is priced at 8/11 with SBK to find the net.
Michy Batshuayi has three goals for Besiktas this season and could be worth keeping an eye on. Unibet has the Belgian striker at odds of 9/2 to score anytime.
Anything else catch the eye?
Ajax have scored two or more goals in their last six matches and could be tipped in the -2 handicap market at 11/8 with betfair. They have also kept clean sheets five times in that run and could be set for a repeat at 4/6 with Paddy Power while William Hill is offering 3/4 for a win to nil.
The Dutch Champions have won both halves in their last six matches and that run is likely to continue at 13/10 with Sport Nation.
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