Ajax, Napoli, in a much-needed win

Ajax, Napoli, in a much-needed win

Ajax and Napoli meets in a very important match for Ajax as they are currently in a need of a win to stay alive in the competition. On the other hand, for Napoli, they are also in-need of a win because a win books them a ticket in the knockout stage. Ajax needs more points so they could stay in touch with Liverpool at the league table. It will be Napoli hosting this match on October 13, 2022, at 12:45 AM (GMT+8). These two teams only met for three times in the Champions League.

Napoli has a good record against Ajax as they won two of their three meetings compared to Ajax’s one victory. The hosts won the only home game they played against the visitors, but that was way back 1969. Now, if the hosts win in this fixture, they could become the fourth Italian team who will record 10 consecutive home wins. On the other hand, for Ajax, they actually slumped in a very disappointing defeat against the same opponent last week. They experienced a 6-1 defeat against the hosts in the Champions League. Luckily, Ajax are currently unbeaten in their last for four away matches versus Italian opponents. During this run, they faced three different teams.

Ajax

Champions League: Ajax

This squad is currently in the second place in the Eredivise standings, but they failed to meet the expectations of them this season. Luckily for them, they defeated FC Volendam in Eredivise in a 4-2 victory. Coming into this match, they need to be at their best in this fixture if they want to stay alive in the tournament. During this season, this squad suffered a lot, and there are issues they need to address. If they cannot solve their issues, especially their inconsistency, then they might have an early exit here.

Their campaign have become more challenging as their captain, Dusan Tadic will not play in this match. He was suspended after being dismissed in the second half on their match last week.

Napoli

Champions League: Napoli
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Napoli is currently the second in the league table of Serie A, and they have been impressive so far. On their match against Cremonese, they were able to win in a 4-1 victory, and is now looking for a similar result in this game. They need victory so they could secure a spot in the knockout stage. This season, this squad is in an undeniably excellent form, and a win is no longer surprising. They are the favorites to top their group this season as they have played brilliantly. Going into this match, it is believed that they are the better team.

Amir Rrahmani is currently doubtful because of an injury, and tests were run to him to know if he can play in this match. Leo Ostigard will most likely step-up with his absence along with Kim Min-jae.

Prediction:

Napoli (1.5)
Odds: -0.83

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