Ajax takes on Atalanta in the final round of Group D matches with a place in the last 16 of the Champions League. Ajax will play host at the Johan Cruijff Arena on Wednesday with kickoff at 8:55 pm.
The Dutch giants lost their last outing and are one point behind Atalanta. A victory for the home side could grant a stake in the last 16 as they leapfrog their opponents into second place.
Ajax’s defeat to Liverpool last week, combined with Atalanta’s draw with Midtjylland, means that all in the last day is business as usual for Group D. A goalkeeping error by Onana gifted Curtis Jones his first Champions League goal that ended in a two-goal winning run.
Ajax proved a far tougher side for Atalanta, though the Italians managed a 1-1 draw after Cristian Romero struck canceled out by Alexander Scholz’s opener. It can either prove a blessing or curse for Atalanta, who had their weekend off against Udinese with their game called off due to a waterlogged pitch.
After making an impressive run in the Dutch league, Ajax’s impressive league form came to an end with a 2-1 loss against Twente. Atalanta made it to the last eight in the most recent edition of the competition and boast of Europe’s incredible record. The side has won four in a row on their travels in the Champions League.
Ajax vs. Atalanta Head to Head
Both sides have one game against each other, with both sides taking home a win. Here is a look at their previous encounters:
Ajax 1-2 Twente
Liverpool 1-0 Ajax
FC Emmen 0-5 Ajax
Ajax 3-1 Midtjylland
Ajax 5-0 Heracles Almelo
Atalanta 1-1 Midtjylland
Atalanta 0-2 Hellas Verona
Liverpool 0-2 Atalanta
Spezia 0-0 Atalanta
Atalanta 1-1 Inter
Ajax Team News
Ajax is without a few players heading into the match in Amsterdam with Mohhamed Kudus joining the sidelines with Noussair Mazraoui and David Neres. Sean Klaiber used from the bench three times in this year’s competition is in contention to start at right-back.
Atalanta Team News
As for the visitors, Robin Gosens and Aleksey Miranchuk are out after testing positive for coronavirus. Mattia Caldara is among the injury absentees while Pierluigi Gollini is unlikely to play any part. Duvan Zapata is without a goal in seven goals in all competitions but will start.
Prediction and Odds
The five last Ajax’s meetings with Italian sides have ended in a square, and we expect the same.
Both Teams to Score
Goals Under 2.5