Our prediction for this Champions League match:
Johan Cruijff Arena will host Wednesday’s Champions League clash between Ajax and Chelsea. The Amsterdammers did well to make it to the semis of the elite competition last term and they are determined to repeat the success. The Dutch champions are brimming with confidence following back-to-back wins over Lille and Valencia and they are definitely capable of beating the Premier League outfit in front of home fans.
Over the years Ajax have turned their Johan Cruijff Arena into a real fortress and we predict that Dusan Tadic and Co. are going to give fans yet another reason for celebration. Frank Lampard’s troops recorded a very important 2-1 win over Lille in their second group game, but, no doubt, they would be happy with one point from the Ajax clash. Seeing that the Amsterdammers would retain top position in Group H with a draw against the Blues, share of spoils is on the horizon.
Highlighted Player (Donny van de Beek):
Born in Nijkerkerveen, Netherlands on April 18, 1997, Donny van de Beek is a Dutch footballer who started his youth career at Veensche Boys. In 2008 he was spotted by Ajax scouts who persuaded him to move to Amsterdam. Donny van de Beek continued playing for the Amsterdammers at senior level, establishing himself as a first-team regular.
The 184-cm-tall footballer has three caps with Netherlands U21 team and he made his senior debut with the national team against Romania on November 14, 2017. Van de Beek’s main position is attacking midfield, but he is used as a central midfielder as well. His preferred foot is right and he has a contract with Ajax until June 30, 2022.
Dutch football experts often compare him with Davy Klaassen as he works very hard and play between the lines. Donny van de Beek scored 9 goals for the Amsterdammers in the 2018/2019 Eredivisie season, providing 10 assists for his teammates.
Highlighted Team (Chelsea):
Over the years Chelsea have established themselves as one of the dominant forces in the English Premier League. Roberto Di Matteo helped the team win their first ever Champions League trophy (2011/2012), but it has to be noted that they were more than fortunate to beat Bayern Munich in the title game.
Chelsea have been playing at Stamford Bridge since 1876 and they are a real force to be reckoned with at home. The Blues have won seven FA Cups, five League Cups, two UEFA Cup Winners’ Cups and the UEFA Europa League. Rafael Benitez was in charge of the team that faced Benfica in the 2012/2013 Europa League final, with Branislav Ivanovic scoring the winner for the Blues in the title clash.
After lifting the 2014/2015 Premier League trophy, the Blues largely struggled in the next campaign, which saw Jose Mourinho’s second spell with the club come to an end, and Antoine Conte went over to take the reigns for the 2016/2017 season.