Champions League Preview: Real Madrid v Ajax
Jose Mourinho's men will be looking to earn their first home victory of the Champions League group campaign when they meet the Dutch giants
By Luke Matthews
Ramos, Varane, Albiol, Arbeloa
Khedira, Xabi Alonso
Di Maria, Ozil, Ronaldo
Van der Wiel, Vertonghen, Alderweireld, Anita
De Jong, Eriksen, Janssen
Sulejmani, Sigthorssson, Boerrigter
Sami Khedira may return to replace Lassana Diarra in midfield and Mesut Ozil could start in front of Kaka in attack after impressing at the weekend in a substitute appearance. Marcelo is suspended, so Alvaro Arbeloa will likely deputize at left-back.
Ajax's Miralem Sulejmani and Vurnon Anita have recently recovered from injuries and will start against Jose Mourinho's men although the Dutch club will be without Nicolai Boilesen, who has a hamstring injury.
||DID YOU KNOW?|
- The two sides met in the group stage of the competition last season with Madrid winning both occasions, 2-0 at the Bernabeu and a 4-0 demolition at the Amsterdam Arena.
- In last campaign's meeting in the Netherlands, Madrid saw Sergio Ramos and Xabi Alonso both controversially sent-off for receiving second yellows in the closing stages of the game, meaning both entered the knockout stages with clean disciplinary records.
- Ajax is involved in the Champions League for the 10th time and won the competition back in 1995 against AC Milan.
- Last season, Madrid ended a run of six successive last 16 eliminations by beating Lyon and eventually reaching the semifinals where it was defeated by Barcelona.
- The two sides have met on 10 occasions with Madrid winning five of the matches and losing four with the other game ending in a draw.
Top 3 Predictions
Real Madrid 3-0 Ajax
- 14.97 %
Real Madrid 3-1 Ajax
- 13.49 %
Real Madrid 4-0 Ajax
- 13.02 %
|UEFA Champions League (UCL)||Dec 4, 2012||Real Madrid 4 - Ajax 1|
|UEFA Champions League (UCL)||Oct 3, 2012||Ajax 1 - Real Madrid 4|
|UEFA Champions League (UCL)||Dec 7, 2011||Ajax 0 - Real Madrid 3|
|UEFA Champions League (UCL)||Sep 27, 2011||Real Madrid 3 - Ajax 0|
|UEFA Champions League (UCL)||Nov 23, 2010||Ajax 0 - Real Madrid 4|
|Dec 18, 2013||Real Madrid 2 - CD Olímpic de Xàtiva 0||ESPC|
|Dec 14, 2013||Osasuna 2 - Real Madrid 2||LIGA|
|Dec 10, 2013||Copenhagen 0 - Real Madrid 2||UCL|
|Dec 7, 2013||CD Olímpic de Xàtiva 0 - Real Madrid 0||ESPC|
|Nov 30, 2013||Real Madrid 4 - Valladolid 0||LIGA|
|22||Ángel Di María||Midfielder|
|23||Gregory van der Wiel||Defender|
|10||Siem de Jong||Midfielder|