The penultimate round of group matches in the Champions League takes place this week and there promises to be a cracker at Anfield on Tuesday evening, when Liverpool entertain Ajax.
Just two points separate the top three teams in Champions League Group D heading into matchday five, when Liverpool welcome fellow European royals Ajax to Anfield.
Liverpool, champions of Europe in 2019, are top of Group D and need one victory from their last two matches against Ajax and Midtyjlland to secure a place in the round of 16.
Reason for Liverpool vs Ajax predictions:
- Ajax are unbeaten in 11 away games in the Champions League.
- The Dutch side have avoided defeat in their last five visits to England.
- Liverpool have failed to win three of their last four
Liverpool’s last 16 place still isn’t secure and the Reds are under pressure as Ajax look to continue an incredible run on the road in Europe.
Ajax are currently unbeaten in their last 11 away games in the Champions League, boasting seven wins and four draws in that time. This is the club’s longest run away from home in the competition since an unbeaten spell between September 1994 and March 1997, which spanned 14 matches.
Liverpool are undefeated in their last 14 games against Dutch opposition stretching back to their first-ever meeting with Ajax in 1966.
Liverpool have now only won one of their last four games in all competitions, following a run of five successive wins before that, although their only defeat in their last 10 came at the hands of Atalanta on matchday three.
Liverpool need just one win to secure their progression to the Champions League knockout rounds from their remaining two Group D matches, but they face a difficult encounter with perennial Eredivisie champions Ajax at Anfield on Tuesday night.
The Reds currently top the group and will feel confident of getting the job done having nicked a 1-0 win in Amsterdam last month, but the Merseysiders are certainly feeling the heat from the congested schedule, with James Milner limping off against Brighton over the weekend and adding to Klopp’s growing casualty list.
The Reds are stretched at the moment with big injuries and a demanding fixture list. That’s left them with one win in four. Of course, a point would be enough for Liverpool to qualify, a result which would arguably suit both teams. We see Ajax avoiding defeat, while a 1-1 draw is our correct score prediction.
Our Prediction: Draw 1-1 @ 8/1