Our prediction for this Champions League match:
Ajax will be looking to record yet another win over Midtjylland when the two teams face each other at Johan Cruijff Arena on Wednesday evening. The Amsterdammers head into the game following a routine 5-0 win over Heracles, and they are likely to stick to their attacking style of play. Midfielder Davy Klaassen picked up an injury in the Eredivisie clash at the weekend, with the 23-year-old joining Antony and Kudus in the recovery room.
Midtjylland, on the other hand, do not seem to be competitive at this level, with the team suffering a loss in each of their first three group games. Given their shaky defence, we do not believe that the Danish champions are capable of spoiling Ajax’s party in Amsterdam. As always, a man to keep an eye on in the home team will be Serbia international Dusan Tadic, who found the net in the 2-1 win over Midtjylland at MCH Arena.
Highlighted Player (Davy Klaassen):
Davy Klaassen is a product of Ajax’s youth academy. He played for the Amsterdammers at youth level from 2004 to 2012 and he made his debut for the senior team against Olympique Lyon in the Champions League group stages. Klaassen was born on 22 February, 1993 in Hilversum, Netherlands and he plays as an attacking midfielder.
He is capable of playing as a secondary striker as well and it has to be noted that the Dutch footballer scored 13 goals in 31 league appearances for Ajax in the 2015/2016 Eredivisie campaign. Klaassen has four caps for Netherlands U21 team and he made his debut for the first team on 5 March, 2014 in a friendly against France.
The Dutch midfielder scored his first goal for the national team against Spain on 31 March, 2015 and, no doubt, that was one of the brightest moments of his career. The Ajax footballer won his third Eredivisie trophy with the Amsterdammers in the 2013/2014 campaign.
Highlighted Team (Midtjylland):
Despite being founded on February 2, 1999, FC Midtjylland is considered one of the best Danish clubs. The Wolves have quickly established themselves as one of the dominant forces in Superliga, with the team clinching their first league title in the 2014/15 season.
Three seasons later Midtjylland repeated the success, with the team finishing the process four points clear of second-place Brondby. In the 2019/20 season the Wolves won their third domestic trophy, leaving Danish giants Copenhagen in the second place. Midtjylland welcome their rivals at MCH Arena, the venue which can hold up to 11,432 people.
In the 2020/21 season the Wolves did well to book their place in the Champions League group stages, with the team being grouped with the likes of Liverpool, Ajax, and Atalanta. Midtjylland are well known for their excellent scouting system, with a number of young and talented players from Africa joining the club year by year.