20:00 GMT 05 March 2019
The UEFA Champions League knockout stages are back this week for the second leg of the last 16 ties and in arguably the bigger of the two matches on Tuesday evening, Ajax make the trip to Real Madrid following their 2-1 loss in the first leg.
In the seven previous Champions League meetings between the two sides, Real Madrid have been the victorious side on all seven occasions, a record which Ajax won’t be able to take confidence from. Until their clash two weeks ago, the Spanish side had won each of the games by two or more goals with over 2.5 goals coming in six of the seven fixtures. Both teams have scored in each of the last three including the 2-1 Madrid win in the first leg.
The big news ahead of this one concerns Sergio Ramos' two-match ban for the intentional yellow card he received in that first leg so he is unavailable. Benzema will lead the line despite hobbling off in the Netherlands a couple of weeks ago.
Latest matches: Real Madrid
|02.03.2019||LaLi||Real Madrid||FC Barcelona||0:1||L|
|27.02.2019||Copa||Real Madrid||FC Barcelona||0:3||L|
|24.02.2019||LaLi||Levante UD||Real Madrid||1:2||W|
|17.02.2019||LaLi||Real Madrid||Girona FC||1:2||L|
|13.02.2019||UEFA||Ajax Amsterdam||Real Madrid||1:2||W|
With no match at the weekend, Ajax head into the match with a clean bill of health which they will look upon as a good luck omen.
Latest matches: Ajax Amsterdam
|27.02.2019||KNVB||Feyenoord Rotterdam||Ajax Amsterdam||0:3||W|
|24.02.2019||Ered||ADO Den Haag||Ajax Amsterdam||1:5||W|
|17.02.2019||Ered||Ajax Amsterdam||NAC Breda||5:0||W|
|13.02.2019||UEFA||Ajax Amsterdam||Real Madrid||1:2||L|
|09.02.2019||Ered||Heracles Almelo||Ajax Amsterdam||1:0||L|
With the one-goal advantage and two away goals, there are few doubts that Real Madrid will continue into the next round but they will made to work for the quarter-final place by a hard-working Ajax side. Both teams are expected to score and as happened in the first leg, over 2.5 goals also seems very likely.
05 March 2019 - 20:00 GMT
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