Our match prediction:
Ajax were on the verge of suffering a loss to PAOK at their Amsterdam Arena, but the Eredivisie runners-up eventually scored the equalizer. The two teams played out a 1-1 draw in the Champions League third qualifying, first leg, meaning that a close encounter is on the cards in Wednesday’s football match in Thessaloniki. PAOK did remarkably well to score an away goal in Netherlands, but their job is half done. The Greeks will be under big pressure in the return leg and that is the main reason why we are not tempted to put our money on the hosts. Ajax had 16 goals attempts in the first leg and they are certainly capable of finding the net in the return leg. PAOK are a real force to be reckoned with at home and, taking everything into account, we predict that both teams will find the net in Wednesday’s clash.
Highlighted Team (Ajax):
Ajax are 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.