Standard Liege vs Ajax
Champions League Qualifying – Third Round 1st Leg
Date: 7th August 2018, Tuesday.
Kick-off at 19:00 UK/ 20:00 CET
Venue: Stade Maurice Dufrasne (Liege).
Standard Liege have been in doldrums over a decade now. But they had a fine domestic season last year and finished second in the table and get the chance to set themselves up to lock horns with the Europe’s finest.
However, the draw hasn’t been kind to the Reds as they are going against one of the best sides at the competition, the Dutch giants Ajax.
Standard Liege were last here in 2014/15 and were eliminated with back-to-back defeats to Zenit St. Petersburg.
Things haven’t gone well for Ajax in the last four seasons as well and they are still playing second string to the likes of PSV, Feyenoord and AZ in the domestic league.
A second place finish in Eredivisie last season earn them a place in the Champions League qualifying second round and Ajax stated out with a solid 5-1 win against Austrian side Sturm Graz.
Ajax had unsuccessful qualifying campaigns in each of the last four seasons and won only 1 of the 8 games during the period, drew 5 and lost 2.
Standard Liege vs Ajax Head-to-head
The teams’ lone meeting came in the 2016/17 Europa League, two seasons ago, Ajax managed a 1-0 home win and 1-1 draw in Belgium.
Standard Liege vs Ajax Predictions
Ajax’s competitive match practice is limited to the two Champions League games of the previous round and they will be in good spirits after wins in those games.
The Dutch side also have a clean bill of health and most of the players who were part of their respective World Cup teams are back with them.
This is Liege’s first Champions league fixture of the season and they have three domestic games on the back.
A problem with Belgian side is their leaky defense and this is a piece of cake for the likes of Huntelaar, David Neres and Hakim Ziyech.
Standard Liege vs Ajax Betting Tips
Ajax to win at 8/7 (2.15)
Over 2.5 ft goals at 10/11 (1.91).