Ajax vs Nice
Champions League Third qualifying round
Date: Wednesday, 2nd August 2017
Kick off at 19:45 UK/ 20:45 CET
Venue: Amsterdam ArenA.
Ajax and Nice have been drawn together to make the most interesting tie of the third qualifying round in this term of Champions League.
The first leg at Allianz Riviera offered a very entertaining encounter which saw the two sides sharing the spoils in a 1-1 draw.
De Godenzonen were slightly better team on the pitch in the first leg and they absolutely deserved to get the equalizer through Donny van de Beek.
The visitors, who are now led by Marcel Keizer, have sky-high ambitions from the new season as they have managed to resist rich offers for theirs tar men Kasper Dolberg, Lasse Schone and Amin Younes.
The Dutch runners-up played a 3-3 draw with Hull City in between two games with Nice.
The French side showed a decent attacking potential during pre-season friendlies, but the defensive line is where Lucien Favre’s men have been quite modest so far.
Les Aiglons did not keep a single clean sheet in last five matches including the devastating 4-1 defeat to Slavia Prague in mid-July.
Ajax vs Nice: Head to head
Favre decided to o out with a single striker and leave Alassane Plea on the bench which proved out to be a good call since it was Mario Balotelli who broke the deadlock for Les Aiglons just at the half-hour-mark.
However, van de Beek’s mentioned goal made it all square ahead of the second leg as the tie remains wide open.
Ajax vs Nice: Prediction
The hosts were clearly the dominant side in the first leg and we expect them to confirm the quality and celebrate the victory in front of their fans.
We also expect to witness a high-scoring affair since both sides have strong weapons in the final third and we can’t see any of the teams keeping the clean sheet here.