Ajax vs Lille
Date: Tuesday, 17 September 2019
Kick-off at 20:00 UK/ 21:00 CET
Venue: Johan Cruijff Arena (Amsterdam).
Despite losing some of their core players to European giants, Ajax is still threatening to make deep runs into this competition. Their closest competitors in the domestic league, PSV, had dreamt of an easier campaign this time around but the players have come to regret this thinking. After five match-days in the Eredivisie, the reigning champions are at the top of the table, and that too with an unbeaten record.
In fact, Erik ten Hag’s men have won every one of their league fixtures so far bar one, and have scored an astonishing 19 goals in the process.
The exciting brand of football that the successors of Johan Crujiff presented to the world last season is still their trump card and coupled with their home advantage for this opener, the incoming visitors have all the reason in the world to be tensed.
Even more so, when the away record of the French contingent comes under the microscope. The last official win on the road by Lille was back in March, and they have lost all of their road ties so far this season in the Ligue 1.
The team is entirely reliant on home ties for points, and going on, this has the potential to bring their downfall in 2019-20.
While the Dutch league, in theory, is considered a level down from their French counterparts, with Ajax involved, there might be a slight modification in the equation.
Ajax vs Lille Head-to-head (h2h)
- These two teams are lining up against each other for the first time in the 21st century.
Ajax vs Lille Prediction
A brief glance into the away stats of LOSC would be enough to determine the favorites for the fixture. Not only did the team lose every single one of their road games this season, but they are yet to open their goalscoring account as well.
On the other hand, the Dutch champions have picked up things from where they left off the last campaign. Especially at home, the side has been on another level with the squad managing a combined scorecard of 14-3 in front of their home crowd in the previous four appearances.
Importantly, the last the squad lost was in the semi-final of the 2018-19 Champions League, against Tottenham, and this raises an impressive stat – the unit has lost just twice in total since February of this year.
Taking into account these observations, there remains no doubt as to whom the upper hand goes – the hosts.
Ajax vs Lille Betting Tips
Ajax to Win @ 1.50 (1/2)
To Score in First Half: Ajax @ 1.60 (3/5).