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Real Madrid vs Ajax betting tips: UEFA Champions League last 16 preview & predictions

Real Madrid vs Ajax prediction: Real Madrid 2-2 Ajax

First leg score: Ajax 1-2 Real Madrid

How impressive were Ajax?

Sadly, it was in vain.

In the first half, Ajax had a goal contentiously ruled out by VAR.

After the interval, Karim Benzema gave Los Blancos the lead before Hakim Ziyech levelled things up.

However, with just 3 minutes left, Marco Asensio got the winner to put Real in the box seat to progress.

Will the 3 in a row European Champions finish the job?

AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS – FEBRUARY 13: Dušan Tadić of Ajax watches the ball as Sergio Ramos of Real Madrid looks on during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 First Leg match between Ajax and Real Madrid at Johan Cruyff Arena on February 13, 2019 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

Real Madrid vs Ajax: Who will win?

Real Madrid are 8/13 to win just as they did in the first leg.

Ajax famously won at Estadio Santiago Bernabéu in 1974 and are 18/5 to replicate that.

A draw, which would take Real though, is 10/3.

Los Blancos to qualify is 1/8; Ajax to progress is 9/2.

Over 2.5 goals is 2/5.

Over 2.5 goals and both teams to score is 4/6.

BARCELONA, SPAIN – FEBRUARY 06: Vinícius Júnior of Real Madrid gestures during the Copa del Rey Semi Final match between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid at Nou Camp on February 06, 2019 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images)

Vinícius Júnior has been a revelation for Real Madrid this year, scoring 7 goals. The teenager is 6/1 to score first and 9/5 to make that 8.

Former Southampton man Dušan Tadić could be Ajax’s biggest threat. The Serb is 15/2 to score first and 23/10 to get his 26th goal of the campaign.

Both Dušan Tadić and Vinícius Júnior  to score is 9/1.

Both Vinícius Júnior and Karim Benzema to score is 5/1.

Both Dušan Tadić and Hakim Ziyech to score is 11/1.

Real Madrid vs Ajax: Match preview

Real Madrid’s weird, patchy season continues.

Prior to the first leg, they won 3-1 away to bitter rivals Atlético Madrid to climb up to second in La Liga.

Then, they won 2-1 in Amsterdam, despite not playing particularly well.

Since then, they’ve lost 3 out of 4.

A home defeat to Girona was followed by a very narrow win over Levante.

In the last week, they’ve faced two Clásicos and neither went to plan.

Last Wednesday, they were beaten 3-0 by Barça in the Copa del Rey semi-final.

On Saturday night it finished 1-0 in favour of the Catalan giants so the gap at the top of La Liga is now 12 points.

This time last week, Real were in 3 competitions, now they’re basically in one.

Will they keep alive their hopes of a fourteenth European title?

AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS – FEBRUARY 13: Sergio Ramos of Real Madrid runs with the ball during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 First Leg match between Ajax and Real Madrid at Johan Cruyff Arena on February 13, 2019 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

An amazing Ajax comeback?

As for four time European champions Ajax, they’re down but not out.

Since the first leg, they’ve won both Eredivisie matches beating NAC Breda 5-0 and bitter rivals ADO Den Haag 5-1.

They remain second, 5 points behind PSV Eindhoven with a game in hand.

Their last match was last Tuesday in the KNVB Cup semi-final in which they hammered Feyenoord 3-0 at De Kuip.

They’ll be huge favourites to beat Willem II in May’s final.

However, they’d love to keep their Champions League campaign going here so can they cause an almighty upset?

Real Madrid team news vs Ajax

MADRID, SPAIN – NOVEMBER 03: Sergio Ramos of Real Madrid CF celebrates with Sergio Reguilón after scoring his team’s 2nd goal during the La Liga match between Real Madrid CF and Real Valladolid CF at Estadio Santiago Bernabéu on November 03, 2018 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)

Despite defeat at the weekend, Santiago Solari is only expected to make 2 changes, 1 of which is enforced.

Thibaut Courtois’ performances have come under scrutiny this season but he will keep his place ahead of Keylor Navas.

In defence, Sergio Ramos is suspended.

He intentionally got booked in the first leg which led to UEFA extending his ban to two matches.

Nacho will come in to partner Raphaël Varane.

22 year old Castilla graduate Sergio Reguilón is currently keeping Marcelo out the side at left-back.

In midfield, the same trio of Casemiro, Modrić and Kroos that started the last three finals will start together once more.

Gareth Bale got a rare start on Saturday but was hooked off after a poor 61 minutes.

Lucas Vázquez will come back into the side.

Vinícius Júnior and Karim Benzema will make up the front three.

Just as they were at the weekend, Isco and Marco Asensio will be left in reserve.

Brahim Díaz, who joined from Manchester City for £12.5 million last month, has only played 24 minutes of football for his new club.

Can this side finish the job?

Ajax team news vs Real Madrid

AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS – AUGUST 14: Matthijs de Ligt of Ajax celebrates scoring his teams second goal of the game during the UEFA Champions League third round qualifying match between Ajax and Royal Standard de Liège at Johan Cruyff Arena on August 14, 2018 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

As for Ajax, after nearly a week off, Erik ten Hag will be hoping his side are fresh and full of energy.

Cameroon international goalkeeper André Onana would love to add to his 22 clean sheets this season.

At right-back Noussair Mazraoui will keep his place ahead of Rasmus Nissen Kristensen.

Lisandro Magallán is still injured.

Matthijs de Ligt has been outstanding this season and is being linked with Europe’s biggest clubs.

Could he be following in the footsteps of teammate Frenkie de Jong who will join Barcelona in the summer.

He’ll be desperate to make an impression agains this future rivals.

Donny van de Beek and Lasse Schöne will make up the midfield.

Further forward, they’re expected not to pick a recognised centre-forward again.

David Neres and the first leg goalscorer Hakim Ziyech will flank Dušan Tadić who has 8 Champions League goals to his name so far.

Kasper Dolberg and former Real Madrid man Klaas-Jan Huntelaar will be on the bench.

Does this team have enough to turn this tie around?

Predicted Real Madrid team vs Ajax

Predicted Real Madrid line-up vs Ajax.

Predicted Ajax team vs Real Madrid

Predicted Ajax line-up vs Real Madrid.

The latest tweets from Real Madrid pre Ajax

The latest tweets from Ajax pre Real Madrid

All odds mentioned in this article are correct at the time of publishing and are subject to change.

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