Our prediction for this Champions League match:
Ajax will be aiming to keep their 100% record in Group C intact when they host Sporting CP at their Johan Cruiff Arena. The Amsterdammers have already clinched top position, but they will surely give their best to extend their brilliant winning run. Ajax faced no difficulties in a 5-0 win over Willem II at the weekend, with Brazil winger Antony scoring a brace. Since Erik ten Hag can count on key players for the last group game, home win should definitely be considered.
The Lions, on the other hand, are on a 12-game winning run in all competitions. Sporting did well to beat Benfica 3-1 in the Lisbon derby at the weekend, and given their attacking potential, we believe that over 2.5 goals betting option should be considered. When the two teams met in Portugal earlier in the process Ajax rolled over Sporting 5-1. All Palhinha, Vinagre, and Cabral are sidelined with injuries, while Sebastian Coates is a major doubt.
Highlighted Player (Daley Blind):
Born in Amsterdam, Netherlands on March 9, 1990, Daley Blind is a professional footballer who plays for Eredivisie club Ajax. Blind is a product of the famous football school, and he made his debut with the Amsterdammers on December 7, 2018, against Volendam.
After a short loan spell with Groningen, Daley Blind join Premier League giants Manchester United for a fee of £13.8 million in August, 2014. After scoring four goals in 90 league appearances for the Red Devils, the Dutch footballer returned to Ajax in the summer of 2018. Speaking of his international career, Daley Blind made his Netherlands debut on February 6, 2013 in a 1-1 draw with Italy.
The following year the left-footed footballer represented Netherlands at the FIFA World Cup. He opened his goal-scoring account with the Oranje in a 3-0 loss to Brazil in the third-place play-off. As for his personal life, it has to be noted that Daley Blind is the son of the former Ajax defenders and the Netherlands boss Danny Blind.
Highlighted Team (Sporting):
When it comes to official club members, Portugal giants Sporting Lisbon are the sixth club in the world. Commonly referred to as Leoes which is Portuguese for Lions, Sporting Lisbon were founded in 1906 and are one of the founders of the Primeira Liga.
Sporting’s main rivals are Benfica, with both teams contesting the Lisbon Derby, one of the most fierce ones in Europe. Lions play their games at Estadio Jose Alvelade in front of 50,000 people and are the third most successful club in the country with 46 titles in Portuguese competitions and a title in the European Cup Winner’s Cup from 1963-64.
During this time that is also known as the club’s golden years, Sporting Lisbon won the majority of their 18 Primeira Liga titles in total. Sporting Lisbon boasts the quality football youth academy system which has yielded world-class footballers such as Paulo Furte, Simao Sabrosa, Nani and Ballon d’Or winners Figo and Cristiano Ronaldo.