Rostov vs Ajax
2016/ 17 Champions League Play-Off.
Date: Wednesday, 24 August, 2016.
Kick-Off: 19:45 UK,
Venue: Olimp2 (Rostov-on-Don)
Russian side Rostov will be hosting Netherlands side Ajax for the second leg of the UEFA Champions League playoffs.
Rostov are bit lucky as they enter this game, they already have an away goal advantage from the 1- draw in the first leg. The caretaker coach Dimitri Kirichenko will be eager to fulfil his dream of getting the team into the group stages. They need a win or a goalless draw book the ticket, anything outside that will send them to the Europa League.
Ajax boss wasn’t fully contented with the outcome of the first leg of this fixture at Amsterdam, as they drew 1-1. Ajax went a goal down just 13 minutes into the game, Rostov’s Noboa scored the opening goal to put them in front. However the Amsterdam side fought hard to equalise 7 minutes before halftime. Ajax couldn’t produce any more magic as the game ended 1-1, giving the visitors an away goal advantage.
Rostov vs Ajax: Head to Head Statistics
These two teams have only met once against each other, which was the first leg of this fixture at Amsterdam.
Rostov vs Ajax: Prediction
Rostov will be with full confidence as the enter the game, playing at home and also come on the back of a 3-0 win against Tom’Tomsk. Though they haven’t been convincing in form, they have won 2 of their last 5, drawn 2 and lost 1. They are good upfront, they have scored at least 2 goals in 3 of their last 5 games and have also kept 3 clean sheets.
Ajax are almost in same phase of form with their opponent, they have won 2 of their last 5 games, drawn 2 and lost 1. They need to work on their defence, as they have failed to keep a clean sheet in last 7 games. They are good offensively, they have scored at least 2 goals in 3 of their last 5 games.
The game could go either way as both teams are eager to qualify, also a draw is likely to occur. I predict a surprise win for the Russian side with a 1-0 score line.
Rostov vs Ajax: Tips
1. Rostov Win/Draw.
2. Rostov clean sheet.