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Sporting vs Ajax: Prediction and Betting Tips
Sporting Lisbon to bring their domestic success to Europe
19-time Portuguese champions Sporting Lisbon are playing in the UCL group stage for the first time since 2017/18. The Green and Whites have one European trophy in their cabinet, the Cup Winners Cup they won in 1964. More recently, Sporting reached the semi-final of the Europa League in 2011/12 and lost to Athletic Bilbao 4-3 on aggregate.
Notably, coach Ruben Amonim is having great success with the Lisbon side. In fact, the 36-year-old broke the Primeira Liga’s record by going unbeaten in 32 consecutive games. Eventually, the Portuguese fans want to see that success in the UCL and reach their second knockout stage. With Sporting’s last game against a Dutch side ending in a 4-0 thumping of PSV, three points is Sporting’s goal.
Sporting Key Points
- Sporting are undefeated in the last 25 home games
- The Green and Whites scored in all of their last ten matches
- 2.3 is the average goals scored by Sporting in their last five home games
Ajax with considerable more UCL experience than their hosts
On the other side of the technical area is Erik ten Hag who transformed Ajax into the Dutch leading team. Moreover, the 51-year-old led the Lancers to the semi-finals of the 2018/19 Champions League. Even so, that memorable cup run was the only time in the last eight attempts that Ajax qualified from their UCL group.
This is Ajax’s first match against Portuguese opponents since taking four of a possible six points from Benfica back in 2018/19. Whilst that was a strong showing, they have won only two of their eight European trips to Portugal. However, a 0-4 heavy home defeat by PSV to start their Eredivisie season was quickly followed by three wins and a draw.
Ajax Key Points
- Ajax are undefeated in their last four away games
- The Lancers scored in nine of their last ten matches
- Two or more goals were scored in Ajax’s last 12 matches
Sporting vs Ajax Prediction
Sporting will be eager to get off to a winning start at home. Since all four teams of this group have chances to get a spot in the knockout stages, three points are crucial.
The same goes for Ajax, an away win here will put them in the driving seat. In addition, the Dutch side will play Sporting in Amsterdam in the final fixture of the group. Hence that final fixture can be a decider and a good result here in Lisbon will give Ajax the edge.
Obviously, the odds for both teams’ win are quite high. In fact, 2.98 for Sporting and 2.39 for Ajax at Vbet. That shows how equal this match is in terms of both teams’ strengths.
To conclude we will back both teams to score in this match. Looking at their stats that seems a very probable outcome.
Sporting vs Ajax Betting Tips
BTTS Yes 1.67 at Vbet
Under 2.5 Goals 2.01 at Vbet
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