Borussia Dortmund (DOR) travel to the Johan Cruyff Arena in Amsterdam to take on Ajax (AJA) in a UEFA Champions League 2021-22 group stage Matchday 3 encounter on Wednesday, October 20. The match kicks off at 12:30 AM IST.
AJA vs DOR Dream11 prediction
Both Ajax and Borussia Dortmund have been excellent this season having lost just one of their last seven matches across all competitions. Their form has been more or less similar as well, making it difficult to predict a winner in this instance.
However, what separates the two teams is Ajax’s home form. A whopping 24 of their 40 goals this season have come at home, including a 9-0 drubbing of Cambuur and 5-0 wins over NEC and Vitesse. As for Dortmund, they will be hoping to get a positive result away from home after their last away match ended in a 0-1 defeat to Monchengladbach.
AJA vs DOR Dream11 team tips for UEFA Champions League 2021-22
Top tip: Best forward
While there are several names to choose from, none compares to Dortmund’s Erling Haaland. The 21-year-old forward has scored 13 goals already this season and is most likely to be on the scoresheet on Wednesday too as he eyes adding to his Champions League goal tally of one strike in 2021-22.
Top tip: Best midfielder
Ajax captain Dusan Tadic is in some form this season. The 32-year-old has been used across five different positions so far and has scored four goals besides providing eight assists. With Mahmoud Dahoud and Giovanni Reyna doubtful for the game, Tadic becomes an instant midfield pick for this match.
Top tip: Best defender and goalkeeper
Noussair Mazraoui’s performance in this campaign has gone under the radar. The 23-year-old Morocco full-back has scored four goals and provided three assists already this season and will pose a tough challenge for a Dortmund defence that is set to miss Raphael Guerreiro.
Ajax are going to be without their first-choice keeper Andre Onana as well as their second choice Maarten Stekelenburg, making Dortmund’s Gregor Kobel the only viable goalkeeping option for this match.
AJA vs DOR probable playing XI
AJA playing XI (probable): Remko Pasveer (goalkeeper), Noussair Mazraoui, Lisandro Martinez, Jurrien Timber, Daley Blind, Ryan Gravenberch, Mohammed Kudus, Steven Berghuis, Davy Klaassen, Dusan Tadic (captain), Sebastien Haller
DOR playing XI (probable): Gregor Kobel (goalkeeper), Thomas Meunier, Manuel Akanji, Mats Hummels, Nico Schulz, Jude Bellingham, Axel Witsel, Emre Can, Marco Reus (captain), Erling Braut Haaland, Donyell Malen
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