Champions League Preview and Odds: Real Madrid vs. Ajax

Published March 5, 2019 by Sol FH

Champions League Preview and Odds: Real Madrid vs. Ajax

Ajax will try to hold on and in Leg 2 of 2 in the Round of 16, but Real Madrid has a 2-1 lead in the aggregate. Tune in live Tuesday at 20:00 GMT.

Real Madrid is playing at Santiago Bernabeu tomorrow night in the second leg of their UEFA Champions League round of 16 matches. Los Blancos are taking on Ajax yet again and are favored to win after the first leg ended in a 2-1 victory and gave Real a lead on aggregate goals. 

The first leg was a tough match for Real, but both Karim Benzema and Marco Asensio were able to score a goal, while Hakim Ziyech scored for Ajax.

No matter what happens in league play, Real seems to rise to the Champions League occasion. They are the most successful club in the Champions League all-time, they've won the last three years and are shooting for a fourth win this year. On the flip side, Ajax is shooting to reach their first Quarterfinals since 2003. 

The first match was a lot closer than it may seem, as Ajax's Nicolas Tagliafico scored a goal, only to have it ruled out after going to instant replay (VAR). Real is struggling lately in the league losing a match and picking up a red card to 13th place Girona, only just barely beating Levante, while picking up another red, and then, losing two back-to-back matches to Barcelona. Real was crushed in the Copa Del Rey Semifinal 3-0 and lost 1-0 again in league play. 

Even with the odds in their favor, Real are playing without captain Sergio Ramos after he was booted for two games by UEFA for his deliberate attempt to pick up a yellow card, too, following his booking in the first leg.

Champions League Odds and Prediction

bet365 Sports has gone all-in with Real Madrid as the winner tonight after 90-minutes of play. The UK-based sportsbook puts Real at 1.65, while Ajax is at 5.50. A draw is listed at 4.20. There are hundreds of individual markets that punters can bet on including Double Chance, Qualification, Score props, Player props, and an entire list of live in-play odds that will be offered during the tie. 

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