Ajax have won Champions League Group C ahead of Tuesday night’s matchday 6. The Dutch club will play Portuguese champions Sporting Lisbon this week with little to play for. While Ajax do not have anything to play for, Sporting Lisbon are fighting to finish second and to qualify for the round of 16.
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Sporting Lisbon have taken nine points from 15 on offer in Group C. They are six points off of first-place Ajax and ahead of third-place Borussia Dortmund by three points. The Lions simply must not suffer a heavy loss to Ajax to qualify for the next stage.
Borussia Dortmund play Besiktas to finish the group. The Germans are not only three points behind Sporting Lisbon, but their goal difference of –6 is far off of the second-place team’s +4. Borussia Dortmund host the already eliminated Besiktas on Tuesday night needing a heavy win and Ajax victory over Sporting Lisbon to qualify for the next stage.
Ajax thrashed Sporting Lisbon 5-1 on matchday 1 of Champions League Group C. The Dutch club was rampant on the night. Ajax have been brilliant in the Champions League group stage collecting 15 points from 15 possible. Erik ten Hag’s team will aim to win the final match of the group stage to finish off perfect.
Ajax vs Sporting Lisbon Betting Odds
Ajax have lost just once this season in all competitions. Their only defeat came against Utrecht in early October. Since then, Ajax have gone unbeaten in 10 straight matches. Their last four games in all competitions ended as victories. Ajax have scored an incredible 64 goals and average 3.20 goals per match.
Bookies’ best betting odds on an Ajax win at full-time are at 27/50. Their home record in 2021-22 is 8W-1D-1L with 38 goals scored and just one goal allowed. Yes, Ajax have allowed just one goal to opponents this season at the Johan Cruyff Stadium.
Sporting Lisbon are on a 10-match winning streak. Since losing in the Portuguese Cup, the Lions have been in brilliant form and go into the game on Tuesday night with their Champions League future in their own hands. Sporting Lisbon’s excellent form has allowed them to pull level with Primeira league leaders Porto.
Bookies’ best betting odds on a Sporting Lisbon win at full-time are at 11/2. The Lions have won their last four Champions League matches with the only loss this season in the tournament coming at the hands of Ajax. Bookies’ best betting odds on a draw at full-time are at 19/5.
Ajax vs Sporting Lisbon Team News
Sebastien Haller is the Champions League joint-top scorer with nine goals. He recently recovered from illness to play versus Willem II. Ajax won the match 5-0 at the weekend. Despite Ajax having won Group C already, Ten Hag could play Haller up front. Along with Haller, Ten Hag could start star players Antony and Dusan Tadic. The trio has been brilliant this season for the reigning Dutch champions.
Goalkeeper Andre Onana returned from a year-long suspension in Ajax’s Champions League matchday 5 win over Besiktas. Onana is in line to start the match in goal. Former Everton shot-stopper Maarten Stekelenburg is likely to miss the remainder of the season after undergoing groin surgery. Mohammed Kudus is ruled out until 2022 with a rib injury.
Sporting Lisbon manager Ruben Amorim will be without Jovane Cabral and Ruben Vinagre due to injury. Midfielder Joao Palhinha is unlikely to play after limping off against Tondela recently due to a thigh injury.
Captain Sebastian Coates was ruled out of last Friday's match due to a positive COVID-19 test. He is unlikely to play against Ajax. Amorim will likely start Pedro Goncalves along with Pablo Sarabia and Paulinho in attack. Sporting Lisbon have scored 42 goals in all competitions and average 2.10 goals per match.
Ajax vs Sporting Lisbon H2H
The teams’ matchday 1 Champions League fixture was the first meeting between Ajax and Sporting Lisbon. Ajax smashed the Lions 5-1 thanks to four goals from Sebastien Haller. Steven Berghuis added another goal for Ajax.
Sporting Lisbon’s Paulinho scored in the first half to make the game look closer than it actually was in the end. Ajax were up 3-1 by halftime before going on to win 5-1. Ten Hag could rotate the side with nothing to play for on Tuesday night.
Ajax vs Sporting Lisbon Prediction
Both teams to score: YES @ 4/6 - BET NOW
In the reverse fixture, Ajax and Sporting Lisbon both scored goals as the former thrashed the latter 5-1. Three of Sporting Lisbon’s five matches in the Champions League ended with both teams scoring goals. Ajax have also seen three of their five matches in the Champions League end with both teams scoring goals. Based on the previous match between Ajax and Sporting Lisbon, our betting tips prediction is for both teams to score.
Over 3.5 goals @ 29/20 - BET NOW
Ajax have been stellar in the Champions League this season. They are showing the form needed to reach the semifinals for the second time in four years. Ten of Ajax’s 20 matches this season finished with over 3.5 goals scored. The reverse fixture between Ajax and Sporting Lisbon saw the teams combine for six goals. Our betting tips prediction is for over 3.5 goals on Tuesday.
Sebastien Haller to score two or more goals @ 11/2 - BET NOW
Sebastien Haller is the co-leader in goalscoring in the Champions League with nine. Haller struggled at West Ham, but since leaving the London team, the striker has been excellent playing for Ajax.
Haller has scored 18 goals in 20 matches this season in all competitions. In four of Haller’s 20 appearances this season, he has scored two or more goals. Our betting tips prediction is for Haller to score two or more goals.
Ajax have been just too strong this season in all competitions. Sporting Lisbon are on a great run of form, but it will come to an end versus Ajax as the Dutch champions claim a second straight win versus Sporting Lisbon.
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