It was a game of youth against youth, but in the end Frank Lampard’s Chelsea ‘babies’ overcame the youngsters of Ajax in the first game between these two in Group H of the Champions League.
That was the word Lampard used to describe his side, with seven of his starting line-up aged 25 or under and the likes of Fikayo Tomori, Mason Mount and Tammy Abraham in their first full season at the club.
But his young guns stuck to their game plan and looked to disrupt the Dutch side, who had won both of their Champions League outings so far this season.
Ajax had a Quincy Promes goal controversially ruled out by VAR, and then Edson Alvarez put a header against the post as the hosts mounted the pressure.
But the longer the game went on, the more likely Chelsea were to nick it, and that proved to be the case when substitute Michy Batshuayi hammered home to secure a fantastic three points for the Londoners.
It’s a fascinating game because both teams will feel like they deserved the win, and in the end it was Chelsea’s high press and well-drilled defending that prevented Ajax from hitting top gear.
The victory sent Chelsea clear at the top of Group H by virtue of their head-to-head record against the Netherlands outfit, with Valencia poised just two points behind and with a home date against bottom side Lille next up.
|Team ||Record ||Goals ||Points |
|1. Chelsea ||2-0-1 ||3-2 ||6 |
|2. Ajax ||2-0-1 ||6-1 ||6 |
|3. Valencia ||1-1-1 ||2-4 ||4 |
|4. Lille ||0-1-2 ||2-6 ||1 |
So when Chelsea and Ajax meet at Stamford Bridge on November 5, there will be plenty of the line.
How will the rematch between the two teams in London play out? Let’s take a look in our Chelsea vs Ajax preview.
1. Chelsea vs Ajax Betting Odds
These two could barely be separated in the first game, but it was the English side who prevailed in the end and they have been made the favourites in the Chelsea vs Ajax betting odds.
Indeed, you can get odds of 2.05 on the Blues in the Chelsea vs Ajax betting market, with Ajax an intriguing 3.30 fancy.
The draw can be backed at 3.50.
2. Chelsea vs Ajax Predictions
The first game between Chelsea and Ajax was so enjoyable – and so close too – that it is hard to make really concrete opinions on what will happen here.
Those who expected Chelsea to struggle with a rookie manager in charge and a youthful team have been forced to eat their words following a series of impressive performances both in the Premier League and the Champions League.
Meanwhile, Ajax have recovered well from losing the likes of Matthijs de Ligt, Frenkie de Jong and Kasper Dolberg in the summer, and indeed they too have started the new season well.
When two young, attack minded teams meet we expect goals, and to be honest there could have been a couple at least in the first game – that will form the heart of our Chelsea vs Ajax Predictions.
Chelsea had more shots, fired in more shots on target and won more corners, so from an attacking perspective they were clearly more efficient than the Dutch outfit.
But Ajax will enjoy being away from home in the return fixture because they can play more on the counter attack, which could suit them.
3. Chelsea vs Ajax Betting Tips
With all of the evidence we have discussed above, it still isn’t that easy to make our Chelsea vs Ajax Betting Tips.
We could make a case for all three results. Chelsea just about got the best of things in the first game, Ajax may be more dangerous playing on the counter away from home and the draw, well, that’s a possibility too given the proximity between the sides.
So, for our betting tips we’re happy enough to swerve the 1-X-2 market, and instead look for value elsewhere.
Like we say, we do like goals in this one. These have followed Chelsea around this season, both for and against, while Ajax have the creativity in attacking areas to really hurt the Blues too.
Scanning the betting market, we see that Over 2.5 Goals is available at 1.72, while Both Teams to Score can be backed at 1.55.
So why not combine the two? Both Teams to Score and Over 2.5 Goals is available at 1.95, and that works for us.
4. Chelsea vs Ajax Live Stream
After you figure out all of your Chelsea vs Ajax predictions and betting picks you are probably looking for a place, where you can watch the match.
Lucky for you, 1xBet usually has a great live stream offer and we hope that they will stream this match as well. All you have to do is register and enjoy.