Ajax vs Schalke by PatrickBateman
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Ajax have been in great form lately, having lost only one out of the last eighteen games, and that being against Kopenhagen in the first leg of the clash which Ajax won on aggregate. Their home form has been even better, having recorded eighteen wins and one draw in the last nineteen competitive home games. In the last game they beat NEC away from home 5:1. It was a game in which Ajax completely dominated, having 70% possession, and numerous chances. Ten days ago they beat leaders Feyenoord, which helped them closing in on them, and they are now only one point away. For this game they will miss suspended Schone, and injured Dolberg and Ligt.
Schalke have not been in best form lately, having won only three out of the last twelve competitive games. Their away form has also been bad, having beaten only Mainz in the league, PAOK in Europa League and Sandhausen in DFB Cup - that being in twelve games. Last time out they beat Wolfsburg convincingly 4:1. They were a better team since the beginning, and by the 23rd minute they had 2:0 lead. In the second half, they added another two, before Gomez converted a penalty to deny Schalke clean sheet. Schalke will miss Baba, Naldo and Embolo, while Aogo and Stambouli are questionable.
This is a clash between a team which has been in good form the whole season, and a team which has been struggling. Schalke are coming from a stronger and more competitive league, but that`s about it. Individual quality is equal on both sides, while Ajax are looking better as a team. That, in addition to Ajax playing at home where they lost only once this season (and that being in August), and Schalke`s underwhelming performances on the road, the hosts should be considered favourites here. It will not be an easy game for them, but their great home performances supported by good defensive record at Amsterdam ArenA should give them confidence coming into this game. With all that being said, I can`t see Ajax losing here, and I will take them with a 0 asian handicap.
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