Ajax can reach the knockout stage of the Champions League on Wednesday when they meet Atalanta Bergamo. Kick-off is at 5.55pm.

It is do or die for Ajax on Wednesday with a victory needed at home to Atalanta to book their place in the last 16 of the Champions League.

Last week’s narrow loss to Liverpool, coupled with Atalanta’s draw with Midtjylland means that the Italian side sit one point above Ajax going into the group’s final game.

Erik ten Hag’s side warmed up for the game with a shock 2-1 loss to FC Twente at the weekend, but they remain top of the table.

Atalanta did not play at the weekend and have had extra time to prepare for the crucial clash in Amsterdam. They have only won one of their last five games, but that was a 2-0 victory at Liverpool two weeks ago.

The reverse fixture in Italy saw Ajax take a 2-0 lead into half-time but Atalanta battled back and it finished 2-2.

If Ajax does not defeat Atalanta they will drop into the Europa League.

Team News

Ajax are sweating on the fitness of Noussair Mazraoui, David Neres, Lassina Traoré and Nicolás Tagliafico, who are all doubts for the must-win game.

Traore is the biggest doubt, while Tagliafico, Neres, and Mazraoui will all train ahead on Tuesday before Ten Hag makes his decision.

Possible Ajax line-up: Onana, Klaiber, Tagliafico, Schuurs, Blind, Alvarez, Klaassen, Gravenberch, Antony, Promes, Tadic

Hans Hateboer, Marten de Roon and Sam Lammers are all in the Atalanta squad, along with Robin Gosens, who had a false-positive covid test.

Aleksey Miranchuk, Mattia Caldara, and Pierluigi Gollini are all of the game.

Possible Atalanta line-up: Sportiello; Toloi, Romero, Djimsiti; Hateboer, De Roon, Freuler, Mojica; Gomez; Zapata, Muriel

Odds

Ajax 13/10 Draw 14/5 Atalanta 9/5

Can Ajax book their place in the Champions League knockout rounds?

The pressure is all on Ajax tomorrow with Atalanta happy to take a draw in the game.

Ajax need to go on the offensive and attack Atalanta like they did in Italy, but also keep the defence tight. Ten Hag may then decide to start with Alvarez in midfield to offer more protection than Zakaria Labyad would.

Ajax definitely have the ability to record the victory but it will be a nervy night in Amsterdam. Ajax’s young guns will need to be on top form to keep their Champions League hopes alive.




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