Besiktas vs Ajax Predictions

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Ajax -1

7/5odds when tipped
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Ajax 3-1

11/1odds when tipped
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Tip Reasoning

  • Besiktas lost with a 2+ goal margin in three of their four group games.
  • Besiktas are winless in seven of their nine historical clashes with Dutch opponents.
  • Ajax won with a 2+ goal margin in all four of their group games.
  • Ajax are unbeaten in ten of their 11 historical clashes with Turkish opponents.

Basement boys Besiktas to have their bottom-ranking confirmed

This Champions League campaign has been simply awful for Besiktas and it is set to get even worse here. The permutations just for Besiktas to reach third place and subsequently qualify for the Europa League are immeasurably slim. The Turks must win here while relying on Sporting Lisbon to win as outsiders against Borussia Dortmund, before beating Dortmund on the final day themselves!

Not only this, Besiktas have lost each of their five meetings with Ajax in European competition. Combine that with the fact that Besiktas are conceding 3.0 goals per match on average both home and away in this group. Consequently, a handicap-busting defeat could be the smart prediction here. In fact, the only reason I have given them a goal in the 3-1 score prediction is the fact that they have only scored at home so far in this campaign, both times in defeat.

On the other hand, Erik ten Hag’s Ajax are already qualified for the knockout stages but a victory here will confirm their top ranking. To emphasise their potency we can look at their amazing return of 3.5 scored goals per game and against stronger opponents than Besiktas to boot. Much like their hosts, Ajax only conceded away in this campaign, but both goals shipped in this group stage came in road victories.

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