Ajax vs Atalanta Prediction, 12/9/2020 Champions League Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Ajax vs Atalanta
Date: Wednesday, December 9, 2020
Location: Johan Cruyff ArenA in Amsterdam, Netherlands
TV: CBS All Access
Odds/Point Spread: Ajax (+175) Atalanta (+120)
Dusan Tadic and Ajax (2-1-2 in Champions League) host Atalanta (2-2-1 in Champions League) at Johan Cruyff ArenA on Wednesday. The goaltenders protecting the net are Andre Onana for Ajax and Pierluigi Gollini for Atalanta. Ajax are at +175 while Atalanta are at +120. The over/under opens at 3.
Ajax faced Liverpool in their last match and ended up losing by a score of 1-0. When talking about passing the ball, they finished this match with a 83.3% passes received rate by completing 473 of the 568 pass attempts last match. Ajax attempted 11 dribbles in this contest and successfully completed 6 of those tries for a rate of 54.5%. In terms of shooting accuracy, Ajax finished the game at a 26.3% rate by hitting 5 SoT out of 19 shots. Ajax has an average of 3.91 goals per 90 (43 total goals) and have 26 assists in all matches for the year.
Dusan Tadic is a player who should be able to impact this match for Ajax. He has accounted for 122 assists while earning 43 yellow cards during his career. Tadic has been a starter in 371 matchups so far in his career while scoring 0.37 G/90. The forward representing Serbia has totaled 129 goals in 31,742 professional minutes played. One more player who should impact this match is Ryan Gravenberch, the midfielder who is from Netherlands. He has helped on a goal 14 times in his career and he has scored 10 goals. Gravenberch has played 5,027 minutes in 58 starting assignments and has been handed a total of 10 yellow cards. He is averaging 0.18 G/90 so far in his career.
The man defending the goal for Ajax will be Andre Onana. Onana (113-26-33 record in his career) has 60 shutouts, which has him sitting with a 34.9% clean sheet rate. The keeper playing for Ajax has seen 488 shots tried at him in 172 starts. His goals allowed per 90 mins is 1.01 (174 total goals allowed) and his save percentage is .711. Onana has seen the pitch for 15,431 minutes and has earned 344 stops in his career.
For their last match, Atalanta were able to avoid a loss with a score of 1-1 against Midtjylland. Atalanta finished with a 65.0% successful dribble percentage by converting 13 out of the 20 dribbles they pursued. They finished the match by completing 565 of the 666 passes they tried earning a rate of 84.8%. Atalanta connected on 8 shots on target out of their 18 shots tried which gave them a 44.4% clip in their last outing. Having earned a total of 18 goals and 15 assists in all matches, Atalanta averages 2.00 goals and 1.67 assists per 90.
Alejandro Gomez should provide a spark for Atalanta. He currently averages 0.23 goals per 90 mins and has been given a starting assignment in 313 contests so far in his career. The forward who is from Argentina has totaled 26,534 mins while earning 69 goals. He has 33 yellow card warnings during his soccer career and has assisted a teammate on a goal 74 times. Be sure to watch out for Josip Ilicic, the forward representing Atalanta. He has scored 87 goals during his pro soccer career while helping a teammate on a goal 44 times. Ilicic has been handed a total of 34 yellow card warnings in 19,697 mins played (230 starts). His G/90 average during his career is 0.40.
Pierluigi Gollini will be residing in front of the net for Atalanta. Gollini has accumulated 26 clean sheets and has defended 422 shots attempted against him in 10,166 minutes throughout his career. He has earned a save percentage of .701 and his shutout rate is 22.8%. He has surrendered 1.21 goals per 90 and he has earned a mark of 47-38-30. Thus far in his career, Gollini has surrendered 137 goals while tallying 296 stops in 114 starts.
Who will win tonight's Champions League game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Atalanta (+120)
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