Our prediction for this Champions League match:
Buoyed by a record-breaking 13-0 win over Venlo in Eredivisie, Ajax take on Atalanta at Gewiss Stadium in the Champions League group stages round 2. The Amsterdammers are brimming with confidence ahead of the trip to Bergamo, and seeing that they were unfortunate not to grab something from their opener against Liverpool, we predict that they are capable of matching the Orobici behind closed doors.
New signing Mohammed Kudus is the only absentee in the away team. Atalanta, on the other hand, aim to bounce back from the Serie A loss to Sampdoria (1-3). The Orobici rolled over Midtjylland 4-0 in their Champions League opener, and given Ajax’s attacking potential, we are tempted to put our money on both teams to score. The likes of Caldara, Carnesecchi, Gollini, and Piccini are all likely to miss Tuesday’s football match through injury for the hosts.
Highlighted Player (Duvan Zapata):
Duvan Zapata was born in Cali, Colombia on 1 April, 1991. The 186-cm-tall attacker started his youth career at America de Cali, playing for the club between 2004 and 2008. In 2008 he made his debut for the first team and three years later he scored his first hat-trick for the Colombian outfit, in a 3-2 win over Deportivo Pereira.
In 2011 he signed a loan deal with Estudiantes and he found the net for the Argentine team on his debut against Belgrano. After scoring 11 goals in 37 appearances for Estudiantes, the Colombian striker joined Napoli in 2013, but he failed to establish himself as a first-choice attacker.
On 22 July, 2015 Zapata joined fellow Serie A team Udinese on loan and it has to be noted that he scored eight goals in 24 league appearances for the Zebrette. Duvan Zapata has 5 caps for Colombia U20 team, but he has yet to make his debut for the senior side.
Highlighted Team (Ajax):
Ajax is a Dutch football club that was founded on 18 March, 1900. Ajax are well known for their youth academy, which regarded as one of the best youth football schools in the world. The likes of Johan Cruijff, Edwin van der Sar, Dennis Bergkamp, Patrick Kluivert, Rafael van der Vaart and Marco van Basten are all products of Ajax’s football academy. The Amsterdammers share a big rivalry with Feyenoord and there have always been fireworks when the two teams face each other in De Klassieker.
During the seventies Feyenoord and Ajax were the only two teams who were capable of winning the domestic trophies, while PSV have been playing an important role in Dutch football in the 21st century. PSV and Ajax are regarded as big rivals as well and the two teams square off against each other in De Topper. Ajax play their home games at Amsterdam ArenA, the stadium that was opened on 14 August, 1996. The Amsterdammers won their fourth European Cup (Champions League) trophy in 1995, beating Milan in the title game in Vienna.