Real Madrid vs Ajax predictions, betting tips and preview for the Champions League last 16 second leg tie on Tuesday 5th March 2019. The controversial first leg ended with Real Madrid winning 2-1 in Amsterdam. See our predictions and betting tips below.
The two away goals Real Madrid got in the first leg will be a welcome cushion for this second leg. Real Madrid have lost their last three home matches now and although two of them were against Barcelona, they need to be on their guard against a good Ajax team. Sergio Ramos picked up a deliberate yellow card in the first leg and that ban has now been extended to two matches. He will be a big miss to this Madrid side who have had a poor season by their standards. The Champions League is their last chance of silverware as they chase a fourth straight title.
Ajax have won the three matches since the first leg, scoring 13 goals in the process and they’ll fancy their chances of getting a goal or two at the Bernabeu. Real have only kept one clean sheet at home in their last five fixtures and the attacking talent in this Ajax team mean they’re always a danger going forward. Manager Erik ten Hag has put together a young side who are turning heads with some of their performances. They scored away from home in all three of their group matches and we’re predicting more goals for both teams in this one, that is why the first of our Real Madrid vs Ajax predictions is for over 3.5 goals to be scored.
With no Cristiano Ronaldo in the Real Madrid team anymore, they have not had a prolific goalscorer in their ranks, but Karim Benzema has been chipping in with his usual haul of goals. The Frenchman has got four in the competition so far and 11 in La Liga. He is favourite in the anytime goalscorer odds here but for our prediction we are going with an Ajax player, who has been transformed from a playmaker to a goalscoring forward by Erik ten Hag.
Dustin Tadic was signed from Southampton in the summer and has scored a remarkable 25 goals this season, including eight in the Champions League already. He’s scored three in Ajax’s three matches since the first leg and looks a great bet at the best odds 10/3 with Betfair to score at the Bernabeu this week.
We’re predicting goals in this clash and it would be no surprise to see Ajax give Real Madrid a real scare here. They are capable of scoring goals against any team, as they showed when drawing 3-3 with Bayern Munich in the group stages, and this one could be another high scoring match. Ajax know they have to get a couple of goals at least here but that should also play into the hands of Real Madrid.
A high scoring match looks a certainty here so the last of our Real Madrid vs Ajax betting tips is going to be for Real Madrid to win the game 3-2. The best odds for this are a massive 16/1 at bet365.
Over 3.5 goals – 11/10 with Betfair.
Dustin Tadic to score anytime – 10/3 with Betfair.
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