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UEFA Champions League

  • November 21, 2012
  • • 19:45
  • • Amsterdam ArenA, Amsterdam
  • Referee: Pedro Proença
  • • Attendance: 47500
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Ajax - Borussia Dortmund Preview: Bundesliga champions look for point to seal qualification

Ajax - Borussia Dortmund Preview: Bundesliga champions look for point to seal qualification

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Frank de Boer's side have never lost to a German opponent at home in the Champions League, but face 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 welcome Borussia Dortmund to the Amsterdam Arena on Wednesday evening.

The Eredivisie champions hold a proud unbeaten record against German sides at home and will need to be at their 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 hosts are 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 line-up for the European tie.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Ajax have posted 12 wins in 13 home games in Amsterdam against Bundesliga sides and have not tasted defeat.
  • Denmark midfielder Christian Eriksen has run 52,181m 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 are seeking their 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 November 3, as they were 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.

Players to watch

C. Eriksen

Position: Midfielder

Games: 0

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The Denmark international was outstanding against Manchester City in the two previous Champions League games for Ajax and his passing will have to be at its incisive best if his side are to conquer the German champions.

R. Lewandowski

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

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The striker has netted twice so far in the group stage and he will be relied upon on Wednesday to bag the goals in his lone striker role. He will have plenty of support from the talented trio behind him, but Ajax must be wary of his power and movement inside the box.

Editor's Prediction

Both sides love to play free-flowing attacking football so we are certainly in for a cracking match at the Amsterdam Arena. Ajax have never been beaten at home in the Champions League by a German side, but Dortmund have a devastating attacking force and a score draw looks likely.

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

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BV Borussia 09 Dortmund BVB
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BV Borussia 09 Dortmund BVB
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BV Borussia 09 Dortmund BVB

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