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Real Madrid vs Ajax - Match Preview

05 Mar 2019 Ed Mackey INTERNATIONAL CLUBS: UEFA Champions League, Knockout stage
INTERNATIONAL CLUBS: UEFA Champions League, Knockout stage

Real Madrid

  • W
  • L
  • W
  • L
  • L

vs

Kick-off
20:00 GMT
05 March 2019

Ajax Amsterdam

  • L
  • L
  • W
  • W
  • W

Kick-off
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.

STATS

  • The La Liga season has almost definitely become one to forget for Los Blancos this term as they have very little chance of stealing the title from Barcelona. However, they are looking to extend their run of Champions League trophies to four in a row following their domination in the last three years. They have a great chance to progress after the vital away win in Amsterdam two weeks ago.
  • Ajax are still in the hunt for the Eredivisie title but may have to wave goodbye to their European hopes in the process as they have a huge mountain to climb in the Spanish capital. They could count themselves unfortunate in the first leg as they possibly deserved to come away with the advantage following a very strong performance but the reality is that they must overturn the one-goal deficit.
  • Goals haven’t been free-flowing since Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure but Karim Benzema is finally beginning to step up and his goal in the first leg of this tie typified that.
  • Dusan Tadic and Hakim Ziyech have been the men leading the way for Ajax this season as the two attacking midfielders have 24 and 18 goals in all competitions respectively.

HEAD TO HEAD

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.

REAL MADRID NEWS

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

AJAX NEWS

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

SUMMARY

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.  

About the author - Ed Mackey

Experienced sports writer and huge Leicester City fan.

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