Ajax v Liverpool betting tips

Liverpool won the 2019 Champions League title to make it six victories for the Merseyside club when it came to the European Cup, with Jurgen Klopp’s side falling short last term when losing to Atletico Madrid although they’re among the favourites to win this time around.

Despite a hefty thrashing at the hands of Aston Villa, the bookies still regard Liverpool as one of the favourites to win the Champions League, with Klopp’s side trading as the 11/2 third favourites behind champions Bayern Munich and the vastly overrated Manchester City.

Liverpool get their 2020/21 Champions League campaign under way with a trip to the Johan Cruyff Arena on Wednesday 21 October, with the two teams also drawn in the same group as dangerous Italian side Atalanta and Danish side Midtjylland.

Should Liverpool Be Odds-On to Beat Ajax?

Liverpool finished top of a relatively tough Champions League group that included Napoli and RB Salzburg last season and the presence of Ajax and Atalanta makes things interesting this time around, although Jurgen Klopp will be confident of opening with a win in this game.

Indeed, the Reds will entertain Midtjylland in the next game and there’s the distinct possibility that the Merseyside team will have six points on the board by the time that they face Atalanta over two games, with Liverpool keen to get over the line as quickly as possible.

From an attacking point-of-view, Sadio Mane should have returned from isolation to play in this game and he has regularly torn up European opposition along with sidekicks Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino. Diogo Jota is an additional attacking weapon that can be deployed to good effect.

However, some punters will be wary of lumping on Liverpool at a time when the defence is showing frailties and it will be interesting to see whether Alisson Becker will be back between the sticks or whether Adrian will be continuing in goal here.

Are Ajax Any Good After Losing Their Best Players?

We all remember Ajax’s incredible run in the Champions League two seasons ago where they reached the semi-final stage of the competition after overcoming Real Madrid and Juventus, while they looked to have the beating of Tottenham before an amazing comeback from Spurs.

While Erik ten Hag remains in charge at the Netherlands club, the team that went so far two seasons ago have effectively been dismantled, with Hakim Ziyech and Donny van de Beek heading to Chelsea and Manchester United respectively, while others have also moved to pastures new.

It doesn’t mean that Ajax aren’t capable of getting a positive result in this match but the absence of fans at the Amsterdam Arena is clearly a big negative considering that this has previously been an intimidating stadium which can help swing things in favour of the home side.

What Are the Best Bets For This Match?

Early indications are that Ajax might struggle to live with Liverpool considering that they recently lost an Eredivisie clash away to FC Groningen, while they have made hard work when it comes to domestic wins over Sparta Rotterdam and Vitesse Arnhem.

Therefore, rather than bet on Liverpool at short odds, we can look at them to win on the Asian Handicap where they are given a one-goal handicap and it means they have to win by a margin of two goals in order to land a profit.

Along similar lines, we are going for the Reds to win and both teams to find the net, while a 3-1 victory in favour of Liverpool can be backed at a double figure price and we’re looking forward to seeing if we can win the lot.

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