Liverpool have their eyes fixed on qualification to the last 16 when they welcome Dutch giants Ajax at Anfield in matchday 5 of their Champions League Group D fixtures. LIVERPOOL After a 100% start after 3 group games, Liverpool missed the chance to book a ticket to the next round when they lost 2-0 at home to Italian side Atalanta on matchday 4. Liverpool still remain top in this group though, two clear of both Atalanta and Ajax. They are still dealing with a ton of injuries and illnesses in the team. They beat Ajax 1-0 in the corresponding game. Another win will certainly be enough to see them through with that final group game to spare.
AJAX After losing to Liverpool in their opening group game, Ajax have gone undefeated in their next 8 games (7W, 1D), including a draw at Atalanta and a couple of wins over the whipping boys of the group, Midtjylland, to put themselves in a position to qualify for the knockout round as they are tied on 7 points with Atalanta, just two points shy of their hosts. Ajax gave a good account of themselves in the first-leg loss. They almost claimed a point at the end with Dusan Tadic having a lob cleared off the line by Fabinho. With Liverpool even more decapitated by injuries this time, they will certainly fancy their chances of getting something out of this game. Possible Line Ups LIVERPOOL AJAX Alisson Williams Matip Fabinho Robertson Henderson Wijnaldum Jones Jota Firmino Mane Coach: Jurgen Klopp Onana Tagliafico Blind Schuurs Mazraoui Gravenberch Klaassen Tadic Labyad Campos Trao Coach: Erik ten Hag Injured: Gomez (Muscle), Van Dijk (Knee), Chamberlain (Knee), Alexander-Arnold (Muscle), Milner (Hamstring), Alcantara (Knock), Shaqiri (Muscle), Keita (Hamstring) and Kudus (Muscle)
LIVERPOOL V AJAX MATCH PREVIEW AND BETTING TIPS There is no doubt that Liverpool’s medical staff have been the busiest, possibly in all of Europe’s top 5 leagues. They have been hit by wave after wave of injuries and illnesses. To Liverpool’s credit, they’ve kept the ship afloat for the most part, at one point even winning six straight games. However it appears, the injuries are starting to take a toll on them. They have only won one of their last four games. They looked particularly out of depth in the 2-0 home loss to Atalanta last Wednesday. With James Milner the latest to join the long injury list, the Liverpool defence looks utterly decimated. Ajax’s free-scoring attack will look to attack any makeshift defence they put up from the get-go and we feel they have more than what it takes to score more than one goal @ 2.35 with Odibets as our first betting prediction. What Liverpool are lacking in defence at the moment, they make up for it on offence. They are league’s top scorers with 22 goals. Ajax have scored 42 goals in their 10 league games. The corners market is an interesting proposition for teams that are inclined to attack. Liverpool average 9.35 corners a game in their last 19 games. Ajax have gone one better with an average of 10.43 in their last 25 games. The first leg had 12 total corners. We will err on the side of caution nonetheless and we are going for Over 8.5 corners @ 1.51 with Odibets for our final call here. Get the Odibets free bet of Kes 30 just by signing up with them today and start enjoying the very competitive odds and the variety of betting options on their platform.
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