Our prediction for this Champions League match:
A place in the Champions League knockout stages will be at stake when Ajax and Valencia face each other at Johan Cruijff Arena on Tuesday evening. The Amsterdammers did well to beat Lille 2-0 in France in their last group game, and, as a result, they are only one point away from booking their place in the last 16 of the elite competition. Los Che, on the other hand, need to pick up all three points from the Johan Cruijff Arena showdown if they are to secure a top-two finish in Group G.
Considering that the Spaniards need to adopt an attack-minded approach in Tuesday’s clash, we believe that fans will see goals galore this time out. When the two teams met at Estadio de Mestalla in the first half of the season Valencia outplayed Ajax 3-0, which is yet another reason why we are tempted to put our money on over 2.5 goals.
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 (Valencia):
Founded on March 18, 1919, Valencia FC are a Spanish football club that compete in La Liga. Los Che play their home games at Estadio de Mestalla, the stadium which was opened back in May, 1923. The capacity of the venue is 50,000. Seeing that bats are quite common in Valencia, it is no surprise they are nicknamed the Bats.
Valencia made it to the Champions League final on two occasions (2000, 2001), but they were beaten in the title games by Real Madrid and Bayern Munchen respectively. The Spanish club, though, did well to win the UEFA Cup title in the 2003/2004 season, with the team beating Marseille in the final of the competition.
A number of top-class footballers were part of the club in the past, with the likes of Pablo Aimar, Ruben Baraja, David Albelda, Santiago Canizares, John Carew and Gaizka Mendieta all playing for the Estadio de Mestalla outfit. Valencia main colors are white and black, whilst they often where orange jerseys and shorts when playing on the travels.