Preview: Both these teams have had different starts to the season. While Ajax are unbeaten so far in Eredivisie with 4 wins and 3 draws, Real Madrid have only won half of their first six Primera Liga matches. They have however won three on the bounce the first of which being their five goal thriller against Man City in the Champions League group stage. It must be pointed out that Ajax lost their first Champions League group fixture away to Dortmund 1-0 in a closely matched game.
Ajax have home advantage and won’t make it easy for Real. However Madrid have much quality through their side and it will be a real challenge for Ajax, a club steeped in history, but quality and success wise, somewhat far from their glory days.
Probable Line-ups: Ajax: Formation 4-3-3 (GK) Vermeer, (RB) van Rhijn, (CB) Alderweireld, (CB) Moisander, (LB) Blind, (CDM) Poulsen, (CM) de Jong, (CM) Eriksen, (RW) Sana, (LW) Boerrigter, (CF) Babel
Real Madrid: Formation: 4-3-3 (GK) Casillas, (RB) Arbeloa, (CB) Ramos, (CB) Pepe, (LB) Marcelo, (CDM) Khedira, (CM), Essien, (CM) Alonso, (RW) di María, (LW) Ronaldo, (CF) Higuaín
Result Prediction: Real Madrid will be favourites to win this one. The fact is they have better players than Ajax do. 2-1 to Madrid
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