Can Ajax protect their 3-1 lead from the first leg when they head to Ukraine on Tuesday night? The Dutch giants have put themselves in a fantastic position to win the tie, and earn a place in Thursday’s group stage draw? This week’s clashes are huge for the six clubs involved, as they chase the fortunes on offer in the group stage. Dynamo Kiev have a lot of work to do in order to turn this tie around, but they’re not out of this one yet.
The Ukrainian side have made a fine start to the new league campaign, with 13 points from a possible 15. However, their first draw of the season came on Saturday, just days after losing 3-1 at Ajax. Their confidence could be shaken by that set-back, which is something they’ll need to get over as they chase a place in the group stage. The hosts have won six of their nine games so far this summer, so can they get back to winning ways here?
The Dutch side will expect to put up a fight, and they have been waiting four years to make it back in to the group stage. The visitors are so close, and after a 5-0 win over Emmen on Saturday, they’re well placed to kick on in this second leg. They’ve hit the ground running in Europe and domestically, with seven points from three Eredivisie games. Will that form bring much needed European success for the Amsterdam outfit?
The hosts need to get forward in this clash, but they did get an away goal last time out which gives them a chance here. The visitors aren’t entirely solid at the back, while Dynamo have scored in every game so far this season across all competitions. With the Ukrainian side two goals down, we expect them to come out and attack, making this an open game.
Ajax come in to this clash having scored in 15 consecutive Champions League outings. Meanwhile, their last nine away trips in this competition have seen both teams score. That incredible run should bring goals, especially with the hosts in scoring form. The Dutch side should get chances on the counter, and they’ll know that an away goal here effectively kills the tie. Meanwhile, the onus is on Dynamo to get forward, so we’re backing both teams to score on Tuesday night, alongside a 2-1 home win.
Head to Head
Ajax won the first leg 3-1, meaning they’ve won back to back games at home to Dynamo.
Dynamo Kiev vs Ajax Stats
- Ajax’s last four Champions League games have seen over 2.5 goals scored.
- Dynamo have won three home games on the spin in this competition.
- Ajax have won just two of their last 16 games on the road in the Champions League.