Ajax hosts Lille at the Johan Cruijff Arena in Amsterdam in a game from Group H
Ajax hosts Lille at the Johan Cruijff Arena in Amsterdam in a game from Group H of the Champions League. Here is our preview for this match in our Champions League predictions.
Last season Ajax reached the semi-finals of the Champions League, so they set the bar pretty high for themselves. The club’s brightest stars Matthijs de Ligt and Frenkie de Jong moved to other teams, but Ajax are still looking strong.
The Dutch side had to play in the Champions League qualifiers in order to reach the group stage. After eliminating the Greek champion PAOK, Ajax did the same against Cyprus’ APOEL in the playoffs. Erik ten Hag’s team made a 0-0 draw in the first game away from home, while in the second leg Ajax enjoyed a 2-0 win. Edson Alvarez opened the score for the hosts, while Dusan Tadic decided everything with a second goal for Ajax.
Last season Lille surprised a lot of people by doing really well in the French league, finishing second. This allowed them to qualify directly for the Champions League group stage. Now it’s time to enjoy the competition and try to do as good as possible.
The Dogs started the new season in the Ligue 1 with three wins and two losses. They are currently fifth in the standings with 9 points won so far.
Few days ago Lille hosted Angers SCO at the Stade Pierre-Mauroy and enjoyed a 2-1 win. Victor Osimhen and Luiz Araujo gave the hosts a really good advantage, so Stephane Bahoken’s goal for the visitors was not decisive at all.
That’s our Champions League predictions for the game from Group H between Ajax and Lille. We think that the home ground advantage here is giving Ajax very good chances to start their Champions League campaign with a win. But they must be very careful with Lille.