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  • October 3, 2012
  • • 19:45
  • • Amsterdam ArenA, Amsterdam
  • Referee: J. Eriksson
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Ajax - Real Madrid Preview: Dutch champions rekindle rivalry with familiar foes

Ajax - Real Madrid Preview: Dutch champions rekindle rivalry with familiar foes

PROSHOTS

Frank de Boer's side were eliminated at this stage of the tournament by the visitors in each of the last two seasons and will hope to do better this time around

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

AJAX

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

REAL MADRID

Casillas
Arbeloa, Pepe, Ramos, Marcelo
Khedira, Alonso
Di Maria, Modric, Ronaldo
Benzema

Ajax could name the same team that beat Twente at the weekend for Wednesday's Champions League encounter with Real Madrid at the Amsterdam Arena.

South African midfielder Thulani Serero misses out because of his continuing groin injury, while Kolbeinn Sigthorsson is sidelined with a shoulder problem.

Xabi Alonso and Alvaro Arbeloa are set to make returns to the Real Madrid starting line-up after being rested on the bench for Sunday's 5-1 win over Deportivo La Coruna.

  DID YOU KNOW?

  • Ajax are on a 12-match unbeaten run at the Amsterdam Arena in all competitions (W11, D1). Their last home defeat came against Manchester United in the Europa League in February.
  • The Dutch side's overall home record against Spanish opposition is W8, D3, L4, but they have won only one of their last seven games against Primera Division clubs.
  • Ajax have failed to score in their last three Champions League outings.
  • Real Madrid have beaten Ajax home and away in each of the last two seasons in the Champions.

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Last Five Matches
Odds
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Available Squads
1Kenneth VermeerGoalkeeper
12Toby AlderweireldDefender
25Niklas MoisanderDefender
34Ricardo van RhijnDefender
5Christian PoulsenMidfielder
23Christian EriksenMidfielder
10Siem de JongMidfielder
17Daley BlindDefender
-Tobias SanaStriker
-Derk BoerrigterStriker
-Ryan BabelStriker
-Jasper CillessenGoalkeeper
-Joël VeltmanDefender
-Mitchell DijksDefender
-Fabian Mitchel SporksledeDefender
-Lasse SchöneMidfielder
37Jody LukokiStriker
-Danny HoesenStriker
1Iker CasillasGoalkeeper
3PepeDefender
4Sergio RamosDefender
12MarceloDefender
17ArbeloaDefender
14Xabi AlonsoMidfielder
-Michael EssienMidfielder
7C. RonaldoStriker
8KakáMidfielder
9Karim BenzemaStriker
7José Callejón Striker
1AdànGoalkeeper
2Raphaël VaraneDefender
6Sami KhediraMidfielder
11Mesut ÖzilMidfielder
19Luka ModricMidfielder
22Ángel Di MaríaMidfielder
9Gonzalo HiguaínStriker
Players to Watch
Christian Eriksen
Christian Eriksen
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 23
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
Dubbed by some quarters as the next Andres Iniesta, Eriksen has risen rapidly over the past two years to become one of the most exciting young players in world football. The 20-year-old is a natural playmaker with a knack for drifting into gaps in the opposition half and bringing the wide men and forwards into play with instinctive, one-touch passes.
C. Ronaldo
C. Ronaldo
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 7
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The Portugal captain struck his first hat-trick of the season to power his team to an emphatic win over Deportivo La Coruna at the weekend. Ronaldo has enjoyed playing against Ajax in the past, netting three times in his last two appearances against the Eredivisie side.
Prediction
Despite fielding a fairly inexperienced squad, Ajax possess a number of technically sound players who can keep the ball well. But they will struggle to impose their style on a side that is packed with pace and power and is devastating on the counterattack.
Editor's Prediction
Ajax 0

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