Ajax hosts Serie A leaders Napoli in a crucial Champions League clash on Tuesday. The kick-off is at 20.00.

Ajax defeated Rangers in their opening group game, but the late 2-1 loss to Liverpool means that Ajax now have two crucial games coming up against an in-form Napoli side.

Coached by Luciano Spalletti, Napoli have had an excellent start to the season and they are unbeaten so far. They sit top of Serie A and top of the group in the Champions League with wins over Liverpool and Rangers.

The clash comes as Ajax have taken a dip in form as their defeat to Liverpool was followed by a 2-1 loss to AZ Alkmaar and then at the weekend, they could only manage a 1-1 draw against Go Ahead Eagles in Amsterdam.

Speaking at his press conference, Alfred Schreuder has confidence his side can get a result, “I have a lot of confidence in my players, although I am wary of the opponent. Napoli can suit us very well. They are two teams that can come forward offensively. It will be a nice football fight.”

Team News

Ajax rested some key players at the weekend but they are now likely to be at full strength for the game in Amsterdam.

Steven Bergwijn, Mohammed Kudus, Steven Berghuis and Edson Alvarez will all start, but Owen Wijndal, Ahmetcan Kaplan and Jorge Sanchez will be unavailable.

Possible Ajax line-up: Pasveer, Rensch, Blind, Timber, Bassey, Alvarez, Klaassen, Berghuis, Tadic, Bergwijn, Kudus

Napoli will be without striker Victor Osimhen for the clash as he is injured, while Gianluca Gaetano is a doubt.

Possible Napoli line-up: Meret; Di Lorenzo, Rrahmani, Kim, Rui; Zambo Anguissa, Lobotka; Kvaratskhelia, Zielinski, Politano; Simeone

Odds

Ajax 6/5 Draw 14/5 Napoli 2/1

A must win clash for Ajax?

Ajax are stuttering at the moment and their form in recent weeks has been a worry for fans and Alfred Schreuder. They will need to be at their best on Tuesday if they are to overcome an excellent Napoli side.

If Ajax are to get through to the knockout rounds then winning their home games will be a big boost but it is absolutely crucial that they do not lose on Tuesday.

Ajax’s midfield will need to be dominant and up front can Kudus keep up his fine start to the season to fire his side to victory? If Ajax do manage to get the three points then Schreuder’s side will get a timely boost ahead of the games to come in Naples and Glasgow.




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