Ajax vs. Napoli Prediction, Tips and Odds – Oct. 04, 2022 21:00 CET
As part of the 3rd round of the Champions League group stage, Ajax will welcome Napoli, the only team with the maximum performance in Group A and the leading team in the Italian championship, at the Johan Cruijff Arena on Tuesday at 21:00.
For Dušan Tadić and his teammates, this will not be an easy task at all, and if they can stop Napoli, which is in a serious rush, stay with us and find out.
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Ajax Team News
Ajax opened the new season fantastically, winning 7 in a row, but in recent weeks the team from Amsterdam seems to be starting to falter. The defeat against Liverpool at Anfield (2-1) in the 2nd round of the Champions League was followed by a 2-1 loss against AZ Alkmaar in the domestic championship.
That Alfred Schreuder’s team fell into a result crisis was shown in the last round of the Eredivisie when Ajax played a surprising 1-1 at home against the thirteenth-placed team of the GA Eagles. Despite 75% possession and 23 shots on goal, they only managed a point and currently sit 2nd in the Dutch league.
In Group A of the Champions League, they are in 2nd place with 3 points won, the same as Liverpool, but a convincing victory against Rangers (4-0) in the first round gave them a better goal difference.
In the last 11 European matches against Italian clubs, Ajax failed to win at home, and we will see if they will end this unpleasant streak on Tuesday evening.
Napoli Team News
The Neapolitans are playing a dream season, they have not suffered a defeat since the beginning of the season and are in first place in both Serie A and Group A of the Champions League. In the most elite European football competition, after two rounds, they are the most efficient team with a score of 7 goals, and one goal conceded.
Coach Luciano Spalletti’s chosen team furiously opened the European competition, demolishing Liverpool 4-1 in the first round.
In Serie A, after the victory over the current champion of Italy, Milan (1-2), they celebrated against the unpleasant Torino with 3-1 and thus kept the top of the table with Atalanta, which has the same number of points but a lower goal difference.
By winning in Amsterdam, this generation of Napoli will have the opportunity to write new pages in the club’s history. Namely, Napoli has never prevailed in the Netherlands in a European match, and they have also never registered three victories from the first three games of the group stage of the Champions League. So, the Neapolitans have enough motivation for another fantastic game on Tuesday.
Ajax and Napoli have met twice so far. They are equal in their duels. Both teams have achieved one victory each.
Ajax (4-2-3-1): Remko Pasveer – Devyne Rensch – Jurrien Timber – Calvin Bassey – Daley Blind – Edson Alvarez – Kenneth Taylor – Dušan Tadić – Steven Berghuis – Steven Bergwijn – Mohammed Kudus
Napoli (4-3-3): Alex Meret – Mario Rui – Min-Jae Kim – Amir Rrahmani – Giovanni Di Lorenzo – Piotr Zielinski – Stanislav Lobotka – Andre Zambo Anguissa – Matteo Politano – Giacomo Raspadori – Kvicha Kvaratskhelia
Ajax vs. Napoli Prediction
If we look at the last three games, Ajax is in decline in the form. They recorded two defeats and a draw in all competitions, with only three goals scored.
On the other hand, Napoli is on a streak of 6 consecutive victories with 15 goals scored and four goals conceded. Luciano Spalletti’s team is currently in better shape, they haven’t lost a single match since the beginning of the season, so we expect them to win points in this match as well.
Kick-off Time: Tuesday, 04.10.2022, 21:00 CET
Prediction: Napoli win or draw (2X)