Champions league match Ajax vs Borussia Dortmund Preview,Live Stream,Prediction,Lineups
Amsterdam ArenA — Amsterdam
Referee: Pedro Proença
November 21, 2012 2:45 PM EST
This match is not the one that attracts the most attention in the Group ‘D’,like the match between Man City and Real Madrid, but certainly is the one which can decide about teams placement and therefore is no less important.
The Dutch Ajax a bit suddenly came into a situation for the fight into the knockout round, and they have a very good situation in the fight for third place as well, which is also a success when considering the names of their opponents in group.
For Borussia the calculation is very clear, with winning a point they certainly go into the next round, while with a defeat they can decide their fate in the final round.
Four points is the difference between these teams, but they scored the same number of goals, six. In the first match, in Dortmund it was 1-0 for the hosts, but they scored the winning goal in the last minutes.The Pole,Lewandowski was the scorer.
Ajax footballers have completely unexpected and suddenly “came to life” and now have a position from which they really can benefit, even though everyone gave them a very little chances to reach the knockout stage.
Ajax has started the group competition with two defeats,from Borussia and from Real Madrid,and all they have done has happened in the two matches against Manchester City.
In the first game at their Amsterdam Arena even though they were losing,they defeated the English champion Man City with 3-1.After that Ajax players have played 2:2 in Manchester, which was just as great sensation, and therefore now lives the hope of knockout stage.
Much more realistic, however, for them is to try to be the third, for which they need a positive result in this match.
In the domestic championship they are having big problems, and it is fairly certain that they will not defend the title because their big rival PSV is nine points ahead of them.
Ajax did not lose a lot of games, just one from Vitesse in Amsterdam, however, they have six draws and that cost them.They were able to bind two league wins, which is a good introduction for this match.
When it comes to available team for this, coach de Boer has a lot of problems.The goalkeeper Vermeer and central defender Alderweireld were injured, but the latest information says they will be ready, even though the question in their form,but it is certain that the attackers Sigthorsson and Babel,will miss this match.
Borussia Dortmund Preview
After a period of crisis, Borussia Dortmund starts to be the team that last season has won both domestic trophies.
After a painful home defeat by Schalke, Borussia enrolled seven matches without defeat, five wins and two draws.One of these was in three rounds ago against Stuttgart at home,which ended 0-0.It was the only match of Borussia this season in which they failed to score a goal.
In the Champions League as opposed to last season Borussia is really excellent and still unbeaten. Two victories and two draws,against Man City and Real Madrid.
In both matches Borussia footballers have shown an excellent game and have demonstrated a modern attacking football which could easily brought them and the victories.
The home victories they have achieved against Real Madrid and Ajax.As far the recent matches in Bundesliga,the last two round they celebrated with the same result 3-1 against Augsburg (away) and Furth (home).
The good news is their best striker Lewandowski is again in form, and has scored four goals in two games mentioned, while the coach Klopp due to injury can not count only on midfielder Kehl.
Ajax Probable lineup – Borussia Dortmund Probable lineup
Match Prediction : The hosts are aware that only with a victory will remain in the game, so they have nothing to calculate.Borussia wish, already in this match to finish the “work” around the round of sixteen, so they will be offensive. Over 2,5 goals