Our prediction for this match:
After failing to beat AaB in their last warm-up game, Ajax will be looking to give fans some cheer when they take on Istanbul Basaksehir at Waldstadion Mittersill in yet another friendly game. The Amsterdammers did well to make it to the Champions League semis last term and seeing that the club chiefs did well to reinforce the squad in the summer, the Dutch champions have big ambitions for the upcoming season as well.
As before, a man to keep an eye on in the Dutch team will be Serbia international Dusan Tadic, who impressed in the 2018/2019 season. Istanbul Basaksehir, on the other hand, failed to win the Turkish Super Lig trophy last term, but given the number of top-class players in the capital club, we believe that they are capable of holding Ajax to a draw in Sunday’s friendly.
Highlighted Player (Eljero Elia):
Eljero Elia began his senior career at ADO Den Haag. The pacey winger scored six goals in 59 league appearances for the club and in 2007 he moved to fellow Eredivisie team Twente. Elia, who was born on 13 February, 1987 in Voorburg, spent two years at Twente and on 5 July, 2009 he moved to Germany, signing a five-year deal with Hamburg for a fee of €8.5 million.
The Dutch winger made his Hamburg debut against Freiburg on 8 August, 2009 and he scored his first goal for the club in a 4-2 victory over Wolfsburg on 23 August. Elia played for Italian giants Juventus in the 2011/2012 season, but he made no more than four league appearances for the club. In the summer of 2012 he returned to Germany, signing a deal with Werder Bremen and he played for die Werderaner between 2012 and 2015.
Speaking of his international career, Elia represented Netherlands at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa and he won the silver medal with the Oranje as they were beaten by Spain in the title game.
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.