UEFA Champions League -- Sporting CP vs AFC Ajax: Match Preview

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UEFA Champions League -- Sporting CP vs AFC Ajax 

Kick Off: Wednesday,Sep 15 2021 15:00

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UEFA Champions League -- Sporting CP vs AFC Ajax: Match Preview

 

 

Sporting Lisbon and Ajax will kick off their Champions League campaigns on Wednesday, when they clash in the Portuguese capital.

 

 

Sporting CP

Sporting CP became Portuguese champions last season. They achieved that goal by collecting 85 points from 34 league games, while only conceding 20 goals. Sporting CP began their defence of the Portuguese top flight with three straight wins to start the season, defeating Vizela, Braga and Belenenses. Sporting CP were held to a second draw on the spin last Saturday when they took on fellow Primeira Liga giants FC Porto.

 

 

UEFA Champions League -- Sporting CP vs AFC Ajax: Match Preview

 

 

AFC Ajax

As the Eredivisie champions, Ajax are making it to the group phase of the competition for a 17th team, a new Dutch record overtaking PSV Eindhoven. AFC Ajax fell into the Europa League knockout stage for the second straight campaign last time around, after finishing third in their Champions League group with seven points. Ajax made it two wins from two games over the weekend when they beat PEC Zwolle 2-0 away from home.

 

 

Prediction

Both teams are equal on paper, though Ajax are regulars in this competition and have a superior record in the group stage. Given Sporting could be playing without both their key centre-back and key attacker, so expect the narrow edge to AFC Ajax.

  

 

1X2 Pick: 2

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