Besiktas vs Ajax: prediction for the Champions League game
Besiktas are set to host Ajax on Matchday 5 of the Champions League group stage on Wednesday, November 24. We made predictions for this fixture, which you can find below.
Besiktas were considered the main outsider of Group C before the start of the tournament, and they couldn't challenge that status. In the first round, they lost to Borussia in Istanbul (1:2), and then were defeated in Amsterdam by Ajax (0:2).Sergen Yalçın's men then played two games against Sporting, hoping to secure the 3rd line in the table, but lost both of those matches, too: 1:4 at home and 0:4 away.
Following these results, the Eagles are last in the group with zero points from four games. In theory, they could still get Europa League knockouts, but that is extremely unlikely given the Eagles' form.
Ajax,on the contrary, were always the favourites, and after four games their record is almost flawless. Erik ten Hag's charges crushed Sporting in the very first match (5:1), setting a high bar for their opponents. After that, they got a two clean-sheet wins against Besiktas (2:0) and Borussia (4:0), and practically secured a ticket to the playoffs.
In the last game, Ajax won 3:1 in Dortmund, and they remain on top of the group heading into matchday 5.
Besiktas suffered 2 of the last 3 home defeats with this score.
Besiktas scored in the second half in their last 2 home games.
This bet played in the last 2 away games of Ajax.
Besiktas lost all four games in the Champions League and their chances for Europa League playoffs are slim. Ajax are worry-free: they definitely qualified for the knockouts, and they don't need a victory in this fixture. The Eagles can put up a good fight in their last home game, and if not earn points, than at least avoid crushing defeat.
Our prediction - Asian handicap (+1.5) to Besiktas
Prediction: Handicap (+1.5) to Besiktas
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Ajax are in terrific form and have a powerful roster; they can afford to use rotation today and rest some of the key players. We still don't think that Besiktas can upset the favourite, but Ajax will probably get only a narrow win.
Our second bet - Ajax to win by 1 goal