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UEFA Champions League

  • November 21, 2012
  • • 2:45 PM
  • • Amsterdam ArenA, Amsterdam
  • Referee: Pedro Proença
  • • Attendance: 47500
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Champions League Preview: Ajax - Borussia Dortmund

Frank de Boer's side has never lost to a German opponent at home in the Champions League, but faces stiff competition from one of the only teams unbeaten so far in the group stage.

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

AJAX

Vermeer
Van Rhijn, Alderweireld, Moisander, Blind
Poulsen, Eriksen
Sana, Schone, Boerrigter
De Jong
DORTMUND

Weidenfeller
Piszczek, Subotic, Hummels, Schmelzer
Gundogan, Kehl
Reus, Gotze, Grosskreutz
Lewandowski

Something will have to give when Ajax welcomes Borussia Dortmund to the Amsterdam Arena on Wednesday evening.

The Eredivisie champion holds a proud unbeaten record against German sides at home and will need to be at its best to continue that record against Jurgen Klopp’s men, who are undefeated in the group and will qualify with a win or a draw.

The host is sweating over the fitness of goalkeeper Kenneth Vermeer. He missed Saturday’s win over VVV-Venlo due to illness but returned to training on Sunday and could make the starting XI.

A certain omission from the squad will be forward Ryan Babel, who has been ruled out for several weeks after dislocating his right shoulder. Thulani Serero and Kolbeinn Sigthorsson are long-term absentees and are likely to miss the entire group stage.

Dortmund coach Klopp has the luxury of having the vast majority of his squad available for the trip to the Netherlands, and it is unlikely he will deviate from the starting XI that was so impressive against Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Die Borussen were given a lift last week when Jakub Błaszczykowski made his return from an ankle injury for Poland against Uruguay. However, he may not oust Keven Grosskreutz from the starting lineup for the European tie.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Ajax has posted 12 wins in 13 home games in Amsterdam against Bundesliga sides and has not tasted defeat.
  • Denmark midfielder Christian Eriksen has run 52,181 meters so far in the competition, more than any other player in the group stage.
  • Niklas Moisander has completed 236 of his 280 attempted passes - only four players have managed more in the group stage.
  • Dortmund is seeking its first away win in the
    competition since beating AC Milan at San Siro in March 2003.
  • The German side failed to score for the first time in 27 games on Nov. 3, as it was held to a 0-0 draw by Stuttgart.
  • Roman Weidenfeller, Neven Subotic, Lukasz Piszczek, Marcel Schmelzer and Robert Lewandowski have played all 360 minutes of Dortmund's group stage campaign so far.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Ajax

Borussia Dortmund

Wins
0
0
2
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

AFC Ajax AJX
AFC Ajax Ajax
Draw
BV Borussia 09 Dortmund BVB
BV Borussia 09 Dortmund Borussia Dortmund
30%
16%
54%

Top 3 Predictions

AFC Ajax AJX
1 - 2
BV Borussia 09 Dortmund BVB
AFC Ajax AJX
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BV Borussia 09 Dortmund BVB
AFC Ajax AJX
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BV Borussia 09 Dortmund BVB

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