Today last season’s semi-finalists Ajax will meet their host Valencia for the Group H second round encounter with the Spanish side.
Valencia produced one of the shock results of the opening round of UCL fixtures two weeks ago by beating Chelsea 1-0 at Stamford Bridge, while Ajax recorded an impressive 3-0 win over Lille in Amsterdam.
Despite losing some key players in the summer, Ajax have started the 2019-20 season in style going unbeaten in all 14 matches played in all competitions.
Valencia boss, Albert Celades won’t be able to select Jose Gaya and Geoffrey Kondogbia for the clash against the Dutch champions, as they are both recovering from a hamstring injury. Carlos Soler, Cristiano Piccini and Kevin Gameiro are also unlikely to feature for the hosts.
On the other side, Ajax have a slight injury concern over Labyad but otherwise Erik ten Hag has all his regular starters at his disposal for the trip to Spain.
Checking the history books, we will figure out that this will be the third Champions League meeting between Valencia and Ajax, with both previous games ending in a 1-1 draw. It will be their first clash since March 2003.
Valencia have yet to lose against Dutch teams in the Champions League, winning two and drawing four. In Valencia’s six CL games versus Dutch opposition, neither side has scored more than one goal in a game.
Ajax have lost 11 of their last 13 Champions League matches versus Spanish teams. However, they’ve won two of their last five, more than they’d won in their previous 11 combined.
The team have won their last four away games in the Champions League; their longest winning run in the competition since March 1997 under Louis Van Gaal.
Valencia: Cillessen, Wass, Paulista, Garay, Costa, Cheryshev, Coquelin, Parejo, Guedes, Gomez, Rodrigo.
Ajax: Onana, Dest, Veltman, Blind, Tagliafico, Promes, Van de Beek, Martinez, Ziyech, Tadic, Neres.
Date: Wednesday, 02 October
Time: 20:00 CET
Venue: Estadio de Mestalla