After beating AEK Athens in their opening Champions League group game, Ajax now heads to Germany to face Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich. Kick-off is 8pm on Tuesday. 

Ajax comfortably defeated AEK Athens 3-0 in Amsterdam two weeks ago to get their Champions League campaign off to an excellent start, but their form has wavered since.

Erik ten Hag’s side were hammered 3-0 at rivals PSV Eindhoven for their first defeat of the campaign, while at the weekend they struggled to a 2-0 win at newly promoted Fortuna Sittard. The coach will be hoping for a stark improvement when they face German giants Bayern Munich, who are also under some pressure.

Bayern Munich beat Benfica 2-0 in their opening Champions League clash but have since drawn 1-1 at home to Augsburg and lost 2-0 at Hertha Berlin on Friday. Niko Kovač will be expecting an improvement when they host Ajax and he can count on their impressive home record in Europe with Bayern winning their last 12 games in a row at the Allianz Arena.

Team News

Frenkie de Jong missed the win at Fortuna Sittard on Saturday with a calf issue but Ten Hag will be hoping to have the midfielder back. Matthijs de Ligt is fit again, while Kasper Dolberg is pushing for a start after scoring at the weekend. Daley Sinkgraven, Joel Veltman and Hassane Bande are the long-term absentee’s.

Possible Ajax line-up: Onana, Mazraoui, Tagliafico, De Ligt, Blind, F De Jong, Schone, Ziyech, Tadic, Neres, Huntelaar

Bayern Munich will be without Corentin Tolisso (knee) and Rafinha (ankle), while Kingsley Coman and Leon Goretzka are still recovering from ankle problems. Arjen Robben is set to start on the wing.

Possible Bayern Munich line-up: Neuer, Kimmich, Süle, Hummels, Alaba, Thiago, Sanches, Robben, James, Ribery, Lewandowski

Odds

Bayern Munich 1/5 Draw 7/1 Ajax 14/1

Head to Head

The two European giants have met before on eight occasions with both winning three times, while two have ended in draws. The last time they met was during the 2004/05 group stages with Bayern winning 4-0 at home, while in Amsterdam it was a 2-2 draw.

Can Ajax get something in Munich?

There is no doubt that Bayern Munich goes into the game as big favourites but their recent blip in the Bundesliga gives Ajax some hope of causing an upset.

The Amsterdammers have enough weapons to cause Bayern’s shaky defence some problems but much will depend on how Ajax’s defence can cope. Daley Blind is usually given a torrid time by big strikers and Ajax will be relying on Matthijs de Ligt to keep Robert Lewandowski quiet. Also, Noussair Mazraoui and Nicolas Tagliafico will have to try and deal with Frank Ribery and Arjen Robben, who will relish coming up against Ajax.

For Ajax, this game is a free hit with their Champions League campaign set to rest on the matches against Benfica and AEK Athens. If Ten Hag can take the pressure off and Ajax’s big players turn up, then who knows what can happen.




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