Sturm Graz vs Ajax
UEFA Champions League
Date: Wednesday, 1 August 2018
Kick-Off at 19:30 UK / 20:30 CET
Venue: Merkur Arena, Graz.
Ajax confirmed the favourites tag seven days ago when they eased their way to a comfortable 2-0 victory over Sturm Graz in the first leg of their Champions League tie. Even though the tie is by no means closed, the Austrians will need a miracle to come back after such loss against such an opposition.
Erik ten Hag started with the 4-3-3 formation as David Neres, Hakim Ziyech and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar led the line up front. It was Moroccan attacking midfielder who opened up the scoring 15 minutes into the game, while Lasse Schone doubled the lead just before the hour-mark to guide de Godenzonen towards safe waters.
The new acquisition Dusan Tadic made his official Ajax debut coming on from the bench to replace goalscorer Schone and play the last 25 minutes of the affair.
Sturm Graz vs Ajax: Head-to-head
This will only be the second meeting between the two sides.
Sturm Graz vs Ajax: Prediction
Sturm Graz earned the right to feature the Champions league for the first time in seven years after finishing the previous term of Bundesliga runners-up to Salzburg. Nevertheless, they had no luck with the draw which gave them Dutch giants who are massive favourites to advance, especially after the first leg in Amsterdam.
However, we have reasons to expect the hosts to try and produce at least some sort of drama moving forward. They bagged three goals in the new season opener in their domestic league at the weekend when they saw off Hartberg 3-2 at Merkur Arena.
Given Ajax’s impressive attacking potential, we have to find the value in backing the Over 2.5 goals FT at the 1.80 odds here.
We’ll skip outcome suggestions as the rematch can easily go either way. Instead, the alternative bet will be both teams to score at the odds of 1.66.
Sturm Graz vs Ajax: Bet Tips
Over 2.5 goals FT @ 1.80
BTTS @ 1.66.