Sports Innovation previews the Champions League tie between Ajax and Besiktas and offers team stats and betting tips with the latest odds.
Ajax welcome Besiktas to Amsterdam on Tuesday evening for the second round of Champions League group fixtures.
A brilliant 5-1 opening night victory over Sporting CP put Ajax in control in Group C. The Dutch giants are top of the table on three points alongside Borussia Dortmund, but ahead on a superior goal difference. They’re also unbeaten in the Eredivisie and arrive off the back of a 3-0 win over Groningen at the weekend.
Besiktas, however, didn’t enjoy the same fortune in their curtain-raiser. The Black Eagles lost 2-1 at home to Dortmund, leaving them third in Group C with no points to their name. They’re also on a two-match winless run, having fell to another 2-1 loss to Altay last Friday.
Let’s have a look at the form of both sides and the stats from their previous encounters to come up with a reasonable betting prediction.
Stats and facts for Ajax and Besiktas.
- Ajax has lost in the last 4 of 5 matches at home;
- Ajax conceded in the last 10 of 12 matches;
- Ajax conceded the last 8 matches in a row;
- Total goals was OVER 2.5 in Ajax’s last 4 of 6 matches.
- Besiktas has lost the last 4 matches in a row;
- Besiktas has lost in the last 4 of 5 matches;
- Besiktas conceded in the last 19 of 21 matches;
- Besiktas scored in the last 14 of 16 matches.
Form Ajax vs Besiktas
Dutch champions aim to continue winning run
Ajax seem untouchable right now extending their winning run in their latest outing. Combining results from all competitions, Erik ten Hag’s side first achieved a 9-0 win against Cambuur and went on to a 5-0 win against Fortuna Sittard. Their latest game produced a 3-0 win against FC Groningen.
Visitors left emptyhanded
It has been a rollercoaster couple of weeks for Besiktas with performances showing little sign of stability. Combining results from all competitions, Sergen Yalçın’s side first achieved a 3-2 win against Antalyaspor and went on to a 3-3 draw with Adana Demirspor. Their latest game produced a 2-1 defeat against Altay.
Ajax v Besiktas – Fixture history
With Besiktas being new to this division they never played against Ajax before in the Champions League. However, they have previously faced each other in other competitions.
Standings in Champions League
Man of the Moment
It is difficult not to look at Sebastien Haller when on the search for a marksman. He seems to be on a strong run and hit the target 7 times for Ajax in their last 6 games. Let’s have a look at the visitors now. Michy Batshuayi has managed to hit the net 3 times in the last half dozen matches for Besiktas. Therefore, it is safe to say that he will be looking to add to his season tally here once again.