Our prediction for this Champions League match:
Chelsea quickly bounced back from a 1-0 loss to Valencia, with the team recording back-to-back away wins over Lille and Ajax in the previous two group games. Head coach Frank Lampard is doing a great job with the Blues, who are determined to book their place in the Champions League knockout stages. Given Chelsea’s thrilling form in the Premier League, we believe that punters can find value in betting on the Stamford Bridge outfit.
A man to keep an eye on in the home team will be English rising star of Nigeria descent Abraham, who is likely to prove a handful for the opposition defenders. Ajax failed to impress in the 1-0 loss to Chelsea, which is yet another reason why we are tempted to put our money on the Premier League side this time out. A man to keep an eye on in the away team will be Serbia international Dusan Tadic.
Highlighted Player (Kepa):
The Spanish goalkeeper is a product of Athletico Bilbao's youth setup at Lemaza, whom he joined in 2004 at the age of 10. Starting 2012, the Ondarroa local played extensively for Los Leones's reserve team before joining the Segunda division club Ponferradina on loan.
He made his professional debut on the 11th of January, 2015, playing in Ponferradina's 1-1 home draw with Racing Santander. Six months later, he had another loan spell this time with Valladolid. At the end of the 15/16 season, he returned to Bilbao and got instilled as their first-choice goalkeeper. Overall, Kepa made 53 appearances for Bilbao before joining Chelsea in 2018 on a six-year deal.
Kepa's transfer to the blues estimates to 80 million euros, which at present makes him the world's most expensive goalkeeper. Additionally, the 6ft tall has represented Spain at every youth level and made his senior team debut on the 5th of November, 2017, in a 5-0 friendly win over Costa Rica.
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.