Real Madrid vs Ajax Amsterdam
Champions League, Europe
Date: Tuesday, 5th February 2019
Kick off at: 20.00 GMT
Venue: Estadio Santiago Bernebau, Madrid, Spain
Real Madrid will be looking to secure their ticket into the next stage of UEFA Champions League next Tuesday. Having a 2-1 lead in the first meeting doesn’t mean it will be easy for Los Blancos as Ajax won’t give up easily.
Real Madrid vs Ajax Amsterdam Possible Lineups
Here are the possible lineups for both teams as they prepare themselves for a potentially exciting Champions League second leg battle . Let’s take a look at the probable lineups and formation that they could be setting up to help them achieving their target.
Expected Formation: 4-3-3
Probable Lineups: Courtois(g)Carvahal, Nacho, Varane, Reguilon(def);Kroos,Casemiro, Modric(mid);Bale, Benzema, Vinicius(att)
Expected Formation: 4-3-3
Probable Lineups: Onana(g)Mazraoui, De Light, Blind, Tagliafico(def);Schone, Van der Beek, De Jong(mid);Ziyech, Tadic, Neres(att).
Before heading into the weekend Premier League clash, both teams have already been playing several matches both in Europe or domestic competition. Let’s check out the results that they have been getting recently to have a clear idea about their current form.
Recent form in all competition (last five matches): WLWLL
Having a pretty good start in early 2019, Madrid starting to struggle again in recent matches. Los Blancos’ last five fixtures resulted in two wins and three defeats.
Madrid’s two straight losses from Barcelona can also affect their confidence ahead of the Tuesday clash. Santiago Solari’s men will be desperate to win this midweek to get their beliefs back.
Recent form in all competition (last five matches) :LLWWW
After losing against Madrid in the previous meeting, Ajax were able to bounce back really well. Erik ten Hag’s men went on to win their next three games after that loss against Los Blancos.
Three straight wins can lift the Dutch side’s confidence ahead of their away fixture this midweek. Ajax won’t lose any hope as just yet especially since their opponent haven’t been playing well recently.
Madrid doesn’t have too much injury issues ahead of this midweek tie as only Marcos Llorente who won’t be available. However, Los Blancos have to play without their skipper, Sergio Ramos, who is suspended for Tuesday.
Considering Ramos’ absence, Nacho will fill that role in defense alongside Raphael Varane. Madrid should still rely on Vinicius, Benzema and Gareth Bale to break down Ajax’s defense.
Ajax also doesn’t have too much injury concern as Carel Eiting and Hassane Bande who will be absent. Aside from those two names, Ten Hag will have plenty options to pick from his available squad.
Frenkie de Jong and Donnie Van de Beek will be the Dutch’s midfield combo to orchestrate everything. Dusan Tadic should be given the starting role again as center forward just like in the first leg.
Head to Head Records:
Los Blancos have been the more dominant side in both teams last five meetings as they won all of them.
Their latest matchup between the two teams at Santiago Bernebau happened back in 2012 and was won by Madrid 4-1.
Madrid will be very eager to get their winning run back following two disappointing defeats against Barca . Solari’s side must secure their passage into the next round of Champions League or this season pretty much over for them.
Ajax won’t make things easy though as they already showed in the first leg that they are capable of troubling Los Blancos. Madrid remain favorite to win, but if they are careless, Ten Hag’s men can produce a surprise.
Final Score: 1-1