Stadium: Johan Cruyff Arena (Amsterdam)
Besiktas will face a significant challenge to find a way to stop Ajax’s attack, which has been showing great productivity in recent matches. Besiktas will have some opportunities in the upcoming game if we look at the statistics of Ajax’s recent performances on the European stage.
Ajax played away against Sporting Lisbon in the first round of the Champions League group stage. Erik ten Hag’s charges left no chance for the defending champions and crushed them 5-1. It is worth highlighting the performance of Amsterdam forward Sebastien Haller, who scored a brace. After the trip to Portugal, Ajax played three games in the Dutch league and scored 17 goals without conceding any. They top the Eredivisie table.
In the first round of the Champions League group stage, Besiktas played at home against Borussia Dortmund. In the first half, Besiktas’s players could not cope with the pressure and conceded two goals. After the break, the Turkish side reduced the deficit but ultimately suffered a 1-2 defeat. As for their performance in the Turkish league, Besiktas travelled to club Altay the previous weekend, losing again, 1-2. In the Super League table, the Black and Whites are in third place.
Expert Betting Tips
Ajax have been productive this season. Erik ten Hag’s charges have scored 29 goals in their last six games. It is worth noting that Ajax set a record for goal difference in the first seven games of the Eredivisie season (+29). However, the club’s defensive performance in the Champions League has been less than stellar, with Ajax having managed to keep their goals clean in only one of their last 11 games in the tournament. The visitors will have some opportunities in the upcoming match. Before facing Borussia Dortmund, Besiktas had not suffered a single defeat in the current campaign. That was followed by a draw and a defeat in the Turkish Super League.
Besiktas have something to prove in the upcoming meeting. The bookmakers consider the home side to be the clear favourite for the upcoming match. The positive handicap line for Besiktas looks like a good option for the upcoming game. However, I suggest considering the visitors’ corner kicks as the main bet. This season, Besiktas are averaging five corner kicks per match. You can select the following lines for the upcoming meeting:
- Individual Total 2 Over (3.5) corner kicks for 3.05;
- Handicap 2 (+2.5) for 2.06.