Ajax vs Dynamo Kiev
2018-19 Champions League Qualification Play-off
Date: Wednesday, 22nd August 2018
Kick-off at 20:00 UK/ 21:00 CET
Venue: Johan Cruyff Arena (Amsterdam).
Ajax will be desperate to make it into the Champions League group stage after missing out in the three previous attempts. In their way stands an equally desperate Dynamo Kiev who missed out on last season after consecutive appearances. This is expected to be an interesting matchup over the 180 minutes of football.
The Dutch giants started off in the second round of the qualifiers and got past Strum Graz and Standard Liege to make it into the play-off. The performance over the four fixtures reveal that attacking football is once again back at the Dutch capital, having netted 10 goals in the process while conceding 3.
The home two fixtures during the period saw 2-0 and 3-0 wins, could prove a handful to the team from Kiev this Wednesday.
Dynamo Kiev started their Champions League bid in the last round and got over Slavia Prague on a 3-1 aggregate. They were knocked out at this same stage last season by Swiss side Young Boys despite having a comfortable win in the first leg, thus head-coach Alyaksandr Khatskevich’s primary task is to keep the concentration levels high through the 90 minutes here.
Ajax vs Dynamo Kiev Head-to-head
The teams met in the Champions League play-off back in 2010–11. Ajax had the last laugh then with a 3-1 aggregate win – 1-1 in Kiev and 2-1 in Amsterdam.
Ajax vs Dynamo Kiev Prediction
Each of the Champions League play-off fixture this season is tight and this one involving Ajax and Dynamo Kiev is no different.
Still, Ajax will be having a slight advantage going into this game after earning back-to-back wins with conceding here.
Dynamo are not a bad side, but they haven’t won an away game in Champions League in 6 outings.
Under the circumstances, it will be worth backing the home side for a win here, having won the previous 2 home games against opponents from Ukraine.
Ajax vs Dynamo Kiev Betting Tips
Ajax to win @ 7/11 (1.65)
BTTS & Over 2.5 goals @ 6/4 (2.50)
Correct FT Score: 2-1 Ajax @ 8/1 (9.00).