Champions League Ajax Amsterdam vs Sturm Graz
On Wednesday, 25th July 2018, Ajax Amsterdam will host SK Sturm Graz for the first leg of the Champions League 2018 qualifier at 20:30 CET. The Johan Cruyff Arena in the Dutch capital is a duel between two runners-up, who now have a long way to go to make it into the main round of this year’s Champions League. After that, a third qualifying round and the play-offs will follow this second qualifying round of the premier class, so that even the winner of this match will have to leave two teams to take part in the Champions League group stage of the 2018/19 season. In terms of the odds, Ajax Amsterdam will be the clear favorite against Sturm Graz in this first leg, which is certainly due to the fact that the traditional Dutch club has about ten times the budget of the Austrians. Whether this alone is enough to win this important first leg and to get closer to the premier class, we have now analyzed for you in this post. At the end we also provide you with a forecast for Ajax Amsterdam vs Sturm Graz, in which we have the best bet on this match for you.
The two runners-up from the Netherlands and Austria are two out of a total of only four runners-up in Europe who already have to compete in the second qualifying round in the so-called placement route. Anyway come since the restructuring of the Champions League, after which now from the top nations of the fourth-placed automatically qualified for the preliminary round and does not participate as before in the play-offs, only six more runners-up (or in the case of Spartak Moscow a third place ) in this placement route, bringing together a total of eight teams in the third qualifying round, which will then become four teams in the play-offs battling for the two starting positions, while on the Champions’ Road, which is known to involve only national champions, at the end four tickets waving in the premier class. With the help of the now defeated champion Red Bull Salzburg in qualifying, Sturm Graz would love to ensure that there is finally another participant in the Champions League from Austria. In the form of Ajax Amsterdam, however, they have already drawn the most unpleasant lot that was possible.
Whether this match is a free ticket for the Dutch capital club in the third qualifying round, or whether we will actually experience a surprise in this first competitive match of the so young season for both teams, we have now tried to analyze for you by making a first Look at the two opponents have thrown.
Ajax Amsterdam – After four years back to the premier class?
Ajax Amsterdam has been trying a lot in recent years. However, because they celebrated the Dutch championship in 2014 (it was the 33rd title, with which they are still clear record champions of the country) and since four times empty-handed, there has been no since the 2014/15 season Royal class more for the club, which could win this competition explosively four times in total (1971, 1972, 1973 and 1995). Nevertheless, Ajax reached the European League Final 2017 only a year ago in the 2016/17 season under then migrated to Dortmund coach Peter Bosz, after a predominantly young generation had grown together here, which, however, has aroused great desire. Talents like Davidson Sánchez, Davy Klaassen or even Jairo Riedewald have already emigrated a year ago – all in the financially strong Premier League – and this summer it has already drawn offensive talent Justin Kluivert to AS Roma. With the 18-year-old center-back star Matthijs de Ligt another promising player, who is already one of the most important players in the squad of Erik ten Hag, also before the jump, so that of the young savages, the Europe a year ago Stormed the endgame, not much is left. After all, with Daley Blind and Dusan Tadic, two well-established Premier League players have been able to lure them back into the Dutch Eredivisie, while another promising talent has been signed with Hassane Bandé. Whether that is enough, however, to return to the premier class after four years, must now show the first competitive game of the new season.
Sturm Graz – Take the upswing into qualifying
Since the SK Sturm Graz celebrated its first of a total of three Austrian championships in 1998, the club has made some hot roller coaster rides. From the bankruptcy at the beginning of the new millennium to rehabilitation and the surprising championship title in the 2010/11 season, when the up-and-coming club FC Red Bull Salzburg were ranked second in the Austrian Bundesliga. And after seven years from now on you could not continue the championship, coach Heiko Vogel has finally made him runner-up again. An upward trend, which one now absolutely in the Champions League Quali want to take, because at the premier class the Grazer had never participated again since the season 2000/01, after the season 2011/12 despite the status as national champion at the end in the play- offs shortly before the goal to BATE Baryssau had failed and then crashed in the Europa League group phase with five defeats. With Thorsten Röcher one has lost a regular player to FC Ingolstadt, while with Deni Alar and Mavin Potzmann a duo to league rivals Rapid Wien, but could the responsible people one or the other promising player steer for little money in Styria, where you out has learned the mistakes of the past and is running responsible financial management these days. Accordingly, the extra revenue from the Champions League group stage could be used very well, while further outflows such as the currently heavily courted Peter Zulj must be prevented with all their might. There would be a respectable success at the four-time Champions League winner Ajax Amsterdam just right. And after all, of the last four away games in UEFA competitions, Graz has not lost a single match (one win, three draws) …
Ajax Amsterdam – Sturm Graz Record – Previous meetings
Never before has there been an international competitive match between Ajax Amsterdam and Sturm Graz. The two clubs consistently contest their first encounter in this first leg of the Champions League qualification.
Get complete analysis for Ajax Amsterdam vs Sturm Graz H2H
In terms of odds Ajax Amsterdam against Sturm Graz is the clear favorite, which you have to sign at the latest after the analysis of the two teams. So there are simply real worlds between the two teams, in which the most important players of these days are courted. But while for a Matthijs de Ligt of Ajax around the 40 million transfer fee in the room are and teams such as Bayern Munich are considered highly interested, there is the most important Grazer, midfielder Peter Zulj, just worth the four million euros and is in teams like Hertha BSC Berlin or FC Fulham in conversation. A ratio that can be found in the entire squad, where the Dutch runner-up simply has an approximately ten times higher budget. And that should not be compensable on the pitch in conjunction with the home advantage. We therefore recommend you Tip 1 in our prediction for Ajax Amsterdam against Sturm Graz.
Betting Tip: Tip 1 (Ajax Amsterdam)
Bet Today: Tip X (draw)
Betting Tips: Tip 2 (Sturm Graz)