Ajax vs Liverpool Prediction, 10/21/2020 Champions League Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Ajax vs Liverpool
Date: Wednesday, October 21, 2020
Location: Johan Cruyff ArenA in Amsterdam, Netherlands
TV: CBS All Access
Odds/Point Spread: Ajax (+450) Liverpool (-175)
Mohamed Salah and Liverpool head to Johan Cruyff ArenA on Wednesday where they'll meet Ajax. The men protecting the net are Andre Onana for Ajax and Adrian for Liverpool. Ajax are at +450 while Liverpool are at -175. The over/under opens at 2.5.
Ajax took the field against Heerenveen in their most recent match and notched a win by a score of 5 - 1. In terms of shooting accuracy, Ajax finished at a 31.3% rate by landing 5 shots on target of 16 total shots. Ajax has an average of 2.20 goals per 90 (11 total goals) and have accumulated 7 assists in all matches this year.
Dusan Tadic is a player who should impact this matchup for Ajax. He has 121 assists while accumulating 42 yellow card cautions so far in his pro soccer career. Tadic has had a starting assignment in 366 outings so far in his pro soccer career while he scores 0.36 goals per 90 mins. The forward born in Serbia has 124 goals scored in 31,385 mins played. Another guy who should impact this match is Antony, the midfielder representing Brazil. Antony has been on the field for 2,741 mins in 31 starting assignments and has been handed 6 yellow cards. He has assisted a teammate on a goal 6 times so far in his career while scoring 7 total goals. He averages 0.23 goals per 90 mins so far in his pro soccer career.
The man who is expected to protect the net for Ajax will be Andre Onana. Onana has played for a total of 14,891 minutes and has tallied 331 stops so far in his career. His goals allowed per 90 minutes is 1.03 (170 total goals surrendered) and he has a save percentage of .709. The goalkeeper taking the field for Ajax has had 471 shots sent in his direction in 166 career starts. Onana (108-26-32 record during his soccer career) has recorded 56 shutouts, which gives him a 33.7% clean sheet percentage.
When they last stepped on the pitch, Liverpool weren't able to secure a win with a final of 2 - 2 against Everton. They wrapped up this match by connecting on 443 of the 528 passes they attempted for a percentage of 83.9%. Liverpool finished the match with a 52.4% successful dribble rate by connecting on 11 out of the 21 dribbles they tried. Liverpool had 8 shots on goal out of their 22 shots attempted which gave them a 36.4% rate in their last outing. With 13 goals and 5 assists in all their matches, Liverpool averages 2.60 goals and 1.00 assist per 90.
Mohamed Salah will be someone to watch for Liverpool. He is currently averaging 0.60 goals per 90 minutes and has been a starter in 210 outings so far in his career. The forward representing Egypt has totaled 18,711 mins while he has scored 125 goals. He has tallied 9 yellow cards thus far in his career and has helped on a goal 56 times. Make sure to keep an eye out for Sadio Mane, the forward taking the field for Liverpool. Mane has been handed a total of 42 yellow card warnings in 21,429 mins played (249 career starting assignments). His goals per 90 average in his career is 0.50. He has accumulated 120 goals during his pro soccer career while helping a teammate on a goal 53 different times.
Adrian will look after the net for Liverpool. In his pro soccer career, Adrian has given up 232 goals while tallying 562 saves in 167 starting assignments. He has conceded 1.38 goals per 90 while earning a mark of 67-43-57. He sports a save percentage of .711 and his clean sheet rate sits at 28.7%. Adrian has racked up 48 shutouts and defended 793 shots attempted against him in 15,146 career minutes.
Who will win tonight's Champions League game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Liverpool (-175)
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