Chelsea host Ajax tonight in the Champions League looking to cement their place at the top of Group H. Regarded as two of the most exciting young teams in Europe it should be a thrilling encounter.
Last year's semi-finalists sit second in the group following a disappointing 1-0 loss to the blues at home last week. After being the better side for much of the match, will they get revenge in London?
Chelsea v Ajax – Champions League 2019/20
Where to Watch
Venue: Stamford Bridge
Kick Off Time: 20:00 GMT
TV Channel / Live Stream: Viewers in the UK can watch the game live on BT Sport 2 with coverage of the game starting at 19.15 GMT.
Official: Gianluca Rocchi (Italy)
Chelsea v Ajax – The Form Guide
Chelsea are looking to secure three Champions League wins in a row for the first time since December 2015. And going on domestic form, the Blues have every chance of doing so. Despite a sticky start to the season, Frank Lampard's faith in his young players is starting to pay off with his team now third in the Premier League.
Ajax are tied with Chelsea at the top of Group H with six points after three games making it one of the tightest in the competition. Their loss last in the reverse fixture was the Dutch sides' first deafest in 20 matches in all competitions. As a result they will certainly be hoping to get the better of their rivals tonight.
What is the Team News?
N’Golo Kante is up for selection again for Chelsea, but may well start on the bench due to concerns over his fitness.
Jorginho picked up a yellow card in last weekend’s trip at Watford and as a result will miss out on the Crystal Palace match this weekend but is likely to start in this one.
Reports suggest Emerson is struggling with an ongoing issue so will sit this out Tuesday's clash. This means Marcos Alonso is likely to take his place.
Christian Pulisic has scored four in his last two starts for Chelsea, and as a result of his excellent form is expected to find his name on Lampard’s team sheet.
The Dutch champions have no injury concerns heading into this one. We could well see an unchanged side to the one Erik ten Hag fielded in Amsterdam.
Chelsea Predicted line-up: Kepa, Azpilicueta, Zouma, Tomori, Alonso, Jorginho, Kovacic, Willian, Mount, Pulisic, Abraham
Ajax Predicted line-up: Onana, Mazraoui, Veltman, Blind, Tagliafico, Van de Beek, Martinez, Neres, Ziyech, Promes, Tadic
Chelsea v Ajax Latest Odds
The betting suggests that Chelsea should win here. The blues are odds on at around 4/5 (1.8) with most bookies to earn all three points, but we don’t think it will be such plain sailing. Ajax can be backed at as high as 10/3 (4.33) and we think that looks like it could be a value bet. The draw is a little shorter with a top price of 3/1 (4.0) available.
Chelsea v Ajax Score Prediction
Both these teams have showed what they are capable of this season. Ajax strolled to two 3-0 victories in the opening group games seeing off Lille and Valencia and if not for VAR ruling out the tightest of offsides last weekend against Chelsea they would still be unbeaten. Chelsea have found their shooting boots lately finding the net at least once in their last 10 games. This could be a nervy encounter for fans, but should be a cracker for the neutrals. We’re going for a 2-2 correct score which is priced at 10/1 (11.0) with William Hill.
Chelsea v Ajax Betting Tip
Chelsea have won their points the hard way having been involved in three very close encounters in the Champions League so far. They have either won or lost by only a single goal. Ajax had a goal cruelly, but correctly ruled off side last week and came close on a couple of occasions, even striking the woodwork.
There’s nothing to separate these sides which is why we think each will take share of the spoils. Ajax will go home with a point leaving qualification in Group H on a knife-edge. Both teams are likely to find the net giving their current form, so we are tipping up both teams to score and a draw at 16/5 (4.20).