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Match Preview: AFC Ajax vs Chelsea

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AFC Ajax and Chelsea FC square off at the Johan Cruyff Arena tomorrow evening at 18:55 (CET).

Last term’s semi-finalists Ajax take on Europa League winners Chelsea in the third round of the UEFA Champions League group stage.

The Jews are top of Group H with two wins from the opening two rounds of the competition. They won both of their games with the same scoreline, beating Lille and Valencia 3-0 to secure easy six points at the start of the 2019-20 season.

Chelsea, on the other hand, kicked off their European campaign with a 1-0 home defeat to Valencia. They, however, improved the impression with a 2-1 win in Lille in the following round.

Their trip to Amsterdam comes on the back of five consecutive wins across all competitions. Ajax have also won their last five games in Holland and Europe, after a 1-1 draw at PSV exactly one month ago.

Team news

Ajax are free of injury ahead of their clash with Chelsea, as Nicolas Tagliafico is back in contention after his domestic suspension at the weekend.

Quincy Promes scored in both Champions League rounds this season and is expected to start in Erik ten Hag’s attack, along with Dusan Tadic and Hakim Ziyech.

Frank Lampard will miss center-backs Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen who remain sidelined with groin and hamstring injuries respectively.

N’Golo Kante and Emerson will go through late fitness tests on Wednesday morning, having both sat out the Premier League encounter with Newcastle last Saturday, while Ross Barkley is also doubtful, as he limped off in the 43 minutes of the game.

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The sides have never met each other in the UEFA Champions League, nor the European Cup previously before.

Ajax Β lost only two of their 18 European matches in 2018/19 (W10 D6), when they became the first side in European Cup history to reach the semi-finals having come through three qualifying rounds.

The Jews have scored at least twice in their last 20 Eredivisie home matches. They have taken their goal-scoring form into the Champions League, finding the back of the net on six occasions in two matches.

This is only Chelsea’s third game against a Dutch club. They beat Feyenoord 3-1 home and away in the 1999/2000 UEFA Champions League second group stage.

The Blues travel to the Johan Cruyff Arena for the second time for a European encounter. Branislav Ivanovic was their hero the previous time they played at the venue, as he scored an added-time winner against Benfica in the UEFA Europa League final back in 2013.

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