Liverpool vs Ajax Prediction, 12/1/2020 Champions League Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Liverpool vs Ajax
Date: Tuesday, December 1, 2020
Location: Anfield in Liverpool, England
TV: CBS All Access
Odds/Point Spread: Liverpool (-179) Ajax (+340)
Ryan Gravenberch and Ajax (2-1-1 in Champions League) are headed to Anfield on Tuesday where they'll meet Liverpool (3-0-1 in Champions League). The expected starting goalkeepers will be Alisson for Liverpool and Andre Onana for Ajax. Liverpool are at -179 while Ajax are at +340. The O/U has been set at 3.5.
Liverpool played Brighton in their last matchup and earned a one point draw by a score of 1 - 1. Liverpool attempted 16 dribbles in this matchup and completed 8 of the attempts for a percentage of 50.0%. In the passing game, they had a 85.6% rate by converting 464 out of their 542 pass targets in their last match. Concerning shot accuracy, Liverpool ended this match at a 33.3% rate by putting 2 shots on target out of 6 total shots. Liverpool sports an average of 2.10 goals per 90 (21 total goals) and have accounted for 10 assists in all competitions this season.
Sadio Mane is a guy who should be able to impact this game for Liverpool. Mane has started 253 matchups in his career and he tallies 0.50 G/90. The forward from Senegal has totaled 120 goals scored in 21,814 professional minutes. He has accounted for 54 assists while earning 42 yellow card cautions during his pro soccer career. One more player who should impact this match is Mohamed Salah, the forward representing Egypt. He has assisted a teammate on a goal 57 times during his pro soccer career and he has scored 127 total goals. Salah has totaled 19,043 minutes in 214 career starts and has been given a total of 9 yellow card cautions. He has an average of 0.60 goals per 90 mins for his pro soccer career.
The man who is expected to defend the goal for Liverpool will be Alisson. Alisson (100-29-21 record in his career) has earned 71 shutouts, which leaves him with a 47.3% shutout rate. The goalkeeper taking the field for Liverpool has had 331 shots attempted at him in 150 career starting assignments. His goals allowed per 90 minutes is 0.72 (81 goals conceded) and he has a save percentage of .773. Alisson has been on the pitch for a total of 13,359 minutes and has tallied 254 saves in his career.
For their last outing, Ajax got the victory with a final of 3 - 1 against Midtjylland. They finished the match by completing 407 out of their 494 attempted passes earning a rate of 82.4%. Ajax ended the game with a 69.2% successful dribble rate by connecting on 9 out of the 13 dribbles they tried. Ajax connected on 12 shots on target out of 27 shots attempted earning them a 44.4% clip in their last outing. Having a total of 42 goals and 26 assists in all matches, Ajax averages 4.20 goals and 2.60 assists per 90 minutes.
Ryan Gravenberch should provide a lift for Ajax. He is averaging 0.18 goals per 90 and has started 57 contests so far in his career. The midfielder born in Netherlands has been on the pitch for 4,937 minutes while scoring 10 goals. He has 9 yellow card cautions during his pro soccer career and has helped a teammate on a goal 14 times. Be sure to watch out for Dusan Tadic, the forward representing Ajax. He has 128 goals thus far in his career while helping on a goal 122 different times. Tadic has been given 43 yellow cards in 31,652 minutes played (370 starting assignments). His G/90 average in his pro soccer career is 0.36.
Andre Onana will be residing in front of the net for Ajax. Onana has earned 60 clean sheets while defending 483 shots against him in 15,341 minutes in his career. He has a save % of .712 and his shutout rate is 35.1%. He has allowed 1.01 goals per 90 mins and he has earned a record of 113-26-32. During his career, Onana has allowed 172 goals and has racked up 341 saves in 171 starting assignments.
Who will win tonight's Champions League game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Liverpool (-179)
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