5th November, 2019
The Chelsea fans will surely be eagerly awaiting this game with some level of nostalgia as they remember how their darling team won the reverse tie in Amsterdam 1-0 to the astonishment of many soccer pundits.
The two sides are in a battle to secure top spot in Group H and move one step closer to this year’s Champions League knockout stage and so this promises to be a very exciting game especially with an Ajax side that will be looking to get revenge over their hosts for the first leg loss at home.
As for Chelsea, despite crashing out of the EFL Cup last week, Frank Lampard saw his side make a return to winning ways at Vicarage Road over the weekend.
The team not only picked up a 2-1 win over Watford but also reclaimed their spot in the Premier League top-four. The former England midfielder has also seen his side win eight of their last nine matches across all competitions, a run that stems back to the 22nd of September.
With their recent purple patch epitomized by their shock 1-0 victory away in Amsterdam a fortnight ago and continuing to shine in the final third, fans around Stamford Bridge will be calling on their side to make some European improvements on home soil.
Opening their Group H campaign with a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Valencia in West London, the former Premier League champions have failed to win any of their last four Champions League matches at Stamford Bridge.
Meanwhile, Lampard has continued to have mounting injury issues in midfield. N’Golo Kante and Ross Barkley are doubts, while Ruben Loftus-Cheek remains out. Jorginho is suspended domestically for one game, so will be a certain starter.
As far as the team’s defensive zone is concerned, Andreas Christensen is nearing a return, while Antonio Rudiger is out.
As far as Ajax are concerned, while they may have been stunned to see Chelsea pick up a 1-0 win at the Johan Cruijff Arena, there is no doubt that fans in Amsterdam will be glad to see their side make an eye-catching return to winning ways.
After putting four past both PEC Zwolle and Feyenoord over the past two weekends, Erik ten Hag’s men are still enjoying a remarkable run of form that has seen them lose just one match across all formats since the 8th of May.
As one of the leading contenders to secure another spot in the knockout stage, last year’s semi-finalists have also continued to shine in Europe while away on foreign soil.
After opening their Group H campaign with a very impressive win away at Valencia, Ajax are unbeaten in their last 12 Champions League matches on the road, a run that has seen them land victories over the likes of Real Madrid, Juventus, and Tottenham.
On a positive note for them, Edson Alvarez could come back into the side, with Donny van de Beek being used in a role further forward. That may result in Quincy Promes dropping out of the starting lineup, despite his double against PEC Zwolle at the weekend.
As things stand right now, even though Chelsea might be enjoying their brightest run since appointing Frank Lampard over the summer, the Blues have still continued to show some defensive issues and their Champions League record at Stamford Bridge has left plenty to the imagination.
Despite suffering a 1-0 defeat against the Blues a fortnight ago, Ajax have bounced back in some style and still have a reputation for their free-scoring antics.
Given their stellar European record on the road, Ajax is expected to once again enjoy another bright 90 minutes in the final third.