Ajax vs PAOK
Champions League Qualification
Date: Tuesday, 13 August 2019
Kick-off at 19:30 UK / 20:30 CET
Venue: Johan Cruijff Arena (Amsterdam).
Ajax failed to clinch the win in the first leg of their tie which saw both sides share the spoils with two goals each. The hosts went into the break, in that fixture, trailing by a goal. However, the squad cut the deficit twelve minutes after the restart through Huntelaar.
Although the Dutch outfit missed out on the win, the ball is in their court this week as they have two crucial away goals in the bag. The visitors will have to score at least two if they are to salvage their hopes of staying in the competition and to put the pressure back on the home team.
Netting two in Amsterdam will not be as easy as scoring back home, especially with Ajax boasting a two-game unbeaten run here at the moment. The side from Greece will have to put in the extra effort throughout the ninety minutes as they are the underdogs by a mile in this one.
Ajax vs PAOK Head to head (h2h)
- The teams have previously met each other on five occasions.
- Their last encounter finished in a 2-2 draw.
- PAOK have never got the better of this opponent.
- Four of their last five meetings have ended in a tie.
Ajax vs PAOK Prediction
Erik ten Hag’s men are no strangers to European competitions and showed their worth in the Cup’s previous edition by making it all the way through to the semi-finals with a fairly inexperienced squad.
The home team are at their best on home soil and have admitted defeat just once in their last ten games in all competitions. Additionally, their only loss was against the eventual Champions League runners-up Tottenham in the semi’s.
PAOK have never beaten Ajax in their backyard and were held to a draw in their last two trips here. Given that the hosts will be backed by the home supporters on Tuesday, it looks more than likely that the win will be swinging in favor of Ajax at the end of the ninety minutes.
The last two clashes between the two sides at this venue have seen both teams find the back of the net. Considering that there was no shortage of goals in their last clash either, a high scoring matchup with both teams contributing to the scorecards is definitely in the cards.
Ajax vs PAOK Betting tips
Full time result: Ajax @ 1.40 (2/5)
Over 2.5 goals @ 1.70 (7/10).