Our prediction for this Champions League match:
Valencia will be looking on a hard-fought 1-0 win over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge when they welcome Ajax at their Estadio de Mestalla on Wednesday evening. Los Che have been having their ups and downs in La Liga at the start of the season, but they kicked off the new Champions League campaign in great manner. However, you should bear in mind that Chelsea missed several clear-cut opportunities to score in the defeat to Albert Celades’ troops.
Los Che moved one step closer to booking their place in the knockout stages and, no doubt, they would be happy with one point from Wednesday’s football match. The Amsterdammers rolled over Lille 3-0 at their Amsterdam Arena in their opener, but seeing that Valencia are tough to beat at home, the last season’s Champions League semi-finalists should be happy with one point from the Estadio de Mestalla showdown as well.
Highlighted Player (Ezequiel Garay):
Ezequiel Garay is an Argentine defender who plays for Russian side Zenit Saint Petersburg. Garay was born on 10 October, 1986 in Rosario, Argentina and he began his senior career at his hometown club Newell’s Old Boys. After making 14 league appearances for the Argentine outfit, Garay moved to Spain in 2005, signing a deal with Racing Santander.
Real Madrid scouts quickly spotted the Argentine defender and on 18 May, 2008 he joined the Spanish giants. Garay made 31 league appearances for Real Madrid and in 2011 he signed a contract with Benfica. He played for the Eagles from 2011 to 2014 and then he moved to Zenit Saint Petersburg. In the 2016 summer transfer window he returned to La Liga, signing a deal with Valencia.
Speaking of his international career, Garay was part of Argentine U-20 team that won the FIFA World Cup in Netherlands. The Argentine footballer made his debut for the national team on 22 August, 2007 in a 2-1 loss to Norway.
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.