Standard vs Ajax
Standard Liege was set as quite a favorite last weekend when the team visited Waasland-Beveren last Friday evening but remained to only a goalless draw game. After their starting victory over Gent, it was expected from them to continue in a high tempo and continue where they stopped last season.
They were better than the opponents, needs to be said, however, only goals were lacked from their performance. Their performance looked good especially in the first halftime when the home side was limited to a very defensive role. They even probably deserved to score more than once, while the second halftime looked far more balanced but still very open as well from both teams. Towards the end of the clash, their player Carcela-Gonzalez got red carded and therefore they had no way to risk further.
The side is now sharing the third position with four points being two points behind the league's biggest Anderlecht and Club Brugge.
Midfielder Gojko Cimirot (15/1 in last season coming from PAOK during Winter transfer window) is doubtful for this one due to a thigh injury. He anyway didn't perform so far in the new season.
Ajax did a really fine job in the second qualifying round for the Champions League, as the side won over Austrian Sturm Graz with a 5:1 aggregate result. They could approach the second leg in a much more relaxed way after they took convincing 2:0 victory in Amsterdam in the first clash.
The Dutch team opened the second leg in a good manner as well, taking the lead in the 39th minute via Huntelaar. Tadic doubled up their lead in 48th while the side dominated in both halves. Huntelaar scored his second in the 77th minute, while the only things the hosts managed to do was to reduce the deficit with an own goal towards the end.
Left-back Daley Blind was signed from Manchester United, winger Dusan Tadic came from Southampton, while offensive midfielder Zakaria Labyad came from Utrecht. Forward Justin Kluivert has gone to Roma, while offensive Amin Younes went to Napoli and central back Nick Viergever signed for PSV.
Right back Joel Veltman is long-term absentee and will miss the first part of the season for sure. Offensive youngster Hassane Bande is out due injury, as well as striker Kasper Dolberg, neither one of them making an appearance in the new season.
Ajax showed really good and stable performances against Sturm and if they repeat anything similar, they should be even bigger favorites to progress after the first leg. Standard is a decent side, however nowhere close to experienced and fluid as Ajax seems to be. The Dutch team should prevail already in the first leg with the offensive quality they have.
Standard vs Ajax prediction
Ajax Wins @ 2.03 with Pinnacle