Ajax, Rangers: to continue streak or to bounce back?

Ajax, Rangers: to continue streak or to bounce back?

Ajax welcomes Rangers for their opener in the UEFA Champions League group stage opener. The host will look to bounce back from their heavy defeat on their last game, while the visitors will seek to claim their sixth straight win from all competitions. Throughout their history, this will be the fourth meeting of these two squad, where all of them happened in the Champions League.

Ajax qualified in the Champions League after ending up as champions in the Eredivisie. On the other hand, Rangers secured a spot in the league after qualifying for the third round in the campaign. As these two teams meet, they had different journey during their qualifying tournaments. Ajax had a good start in their Eredivisie campaign and will come into this game with a 4-0 win at home. On the other hand, Rangers is looking to bounce back after they lost in their previous game against the Celtic.

Ajax

Champions League: Ajax

It was an unfortunate summer for Ajax as they lost their manager, Erik tan Hag along with their key players, Anthony, Lisandro Martinez, and Sebastien Haller. Despite the loss of some important people in their squad, they managed to make an impressive start in their campaign. This squad won all five of their opening matches in their Eredivisie campaign. Ajax won all of their four matches against the Rangers. As they open a new Champions League campaign, Ajax is hoping that they could continue their winning streak from their previous tournament.

Steven Bergwijn helped his squad a lot and for this match and all throughout their campaign, expect him to step up more. Contributions from Devyne Rensch and Mohammed Kidus is also expected to help their team. However, Owen Wijndal will miss this match because of his ankle injury. Mohammed Ihattaren will also remain in the sideline because of some fitness issues.

Rangers FC

Champions League: Rangers FC
Photo courtesy of Reuters

It has been 12 years when the Rangers last qualified for the Champions League. They qualified after they defeated Union SG and PSV Eindhoven in the first two rounds in the qualification rounds. Excitement is the dominated feeling felt by the Rangers, however, too much excitement is not good. They dealt a low blow after they were defeated by the Celtic in a 4-0 loss. However, since this is the first time they will be back after more than a decade, this squad is surely eager to prove that they deserve their spot. Despite their devastating loss, they will surely come back stronger so they could go far in the league.

Tom Lawrence will still be sidelined for this fixture because of their injuries. Additionally, Ben Davies, John Souttar, and Filip Helander have long been out for the squad because of their injuries as well. This squad is also hungry to finally score a victory against Ajax since they were not able to win against their opponent yet.

Prediction:

Ajax (3.5)
Odds: -0.95

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