Ajax vs Besiktas Predictions

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Both Teams To Score

6/5odds when tipped
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Ajax 2-1

11/1odds when tipped
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Tip Reasoning

  • Ajax have conceded in their last five Champions League group games.
  • Besiktas have conceded nine goals in their last four games.
  • Both teams have scored in Besiktas’ last four games.

Expectations over Ajax may need to be tempered

Ajax hit the headlines with their superb 5-1 Group C win in Lisbon over Sporting earlier this month and there will be an expectation for them to produce something similar against Besiktas on Tuesday.

Erik ten Hag’s men have been superb domestically too and come into this game on the back of three straight Eredivisie wins with a combined score of 17-0.

But Ajax have found it tough to win at home in Europe’s premier club competition in the last couple of years (P6 W1 L5) and boast a much better away record in the Champions League since the start of the 2019-20 group stage (P7 W4 D2 L1).

So we are going to treat this clash with caution – even with Besiktas having been beset by injuries of late.

The Black Eagles were without 11 players for their Turkish Super Lig trip to Izmir on Friday, which they lost 2-1 to Altay.

But the Turkish champions should get some key attackers back for Tuesday’s clash in Amsterdam, including Michy Batshuayi, Alex Texeira and Cyle Larin.

And that gives us the belief that the visitors can score at Johan Cruijff Arena to land the tricky half of a both teams to score bet.

Ajax have not kept a clean sheet at home in this competition in their last five attempts and can only count one in their last nine games from the group stage onwards.

Besiktas have been shipping goals aplenty of late and with the Dutch club’s recent hot streak in front of goal, we shouldn’t have any trouble from Ajax holding up their end.

The hosts, however, were so good against Sporting that anything other than a home win would be a huge surprise, which is why we are behind them to win 2-1 as a correct score bet.

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