Napoli in Stellar Form
After losing some key players, Napoli have surprisingly been one of the best teams in Europe so far this season. They head into their Champions League match at Ajax on a six-game winning streak. The Partenopei currently sit on top of both the Serie A table and UCL Group A. A. Yet, they’re underdogs when they head to Amsterdam on Tuesday. Let’s take a look at the Ajax vs Napoli betting odds and preview the match.
Champions League – Ajax vs Napoli Game Info:
- Location: Johan Cryuff Arena, Amsterdam, Netherlands
- Date & Time:
- Streaming: Live Stream Sports
Surprisingly, this will be the first-ever competitive meeting between Ajax and Napoli. Paired together in Group A, they also have a match in Naples on next Wednesday’s Champions League schedule.
Ajax Hitting Rough Patch
- Recent Form (All Competitions): D,L,L,W,W
- Injuries and Suspensions: D Owen Wijndal (Day-to-Day), D Jorge Sanchez (Out), M Mohamed Ihattaren (Out)
After winning their first seven matches to open the season, Ajax are now on a three-game winless streak. They drew over the weekend vs Go Ahead Eagles, which was the first time they failed to win at home in the Eredivisie since November 2021. It’s also their first three-game winless streak for nearly two years. Now, Ajax face a must-win Champions League match vs Napoli.
Ajax started off their Champions League campaign with a resounding 4-0 win over Rangers. They were also well on their way to a draw at Anfield vs Liverpool; however, Joel Matip bagged an 89th minute winner for Liverpool to hand Ajax their first loss in the UCL. The Ajax Champions League winner odds have now moved down to +10000. In a group with Napoli and Liverpool, it’ll be a challenge just to reach the round of 16.
Coming into Tuesday’s match, Ajax have a few injuries but none that are particularly major. Defender Owen Wijndal is listed as day-to-day with a muscle strain. Meanwhile, Jorge Sanchez and Mohamed Ihattaren are out. Leading scorers Steven Bergwijn and Kudus Mohammed are available, though.
Napoli Playing With Confidence
- Recent Form: W,W,W,W,W
- Injuries and Suspensions: M Gianluca Gaetano (Day-to-Day), F Victor Osimhen (Out)
Since drawing with Lecce on August 31, Napoli have defeated Lazio, Liverpool, Rangers and AC Milan. Last weekend, they took a 3-0 lead in the first half vs Torino en route to a 3-1 win. Napoli got two goals from an unlikely source, defensive midfielder Andre Zambo Anguissa. The Partenopei ended the weekend on top of the Serie A table and are still unbeaten in all competitions.
The Ajax vs Napoli betting odds price Ajax over 1½ goals at -125 odds for Tuesday’s match.
Georgian sensation Khvicha Kvaratskhelia has taken Serie A by storm. He is looking like one of the best young wingers in the world and has five goals so far this season. The 21-year old is constantly on the highlight reel as well for his flashy skills and dribbling ability. The Napoli defense also deserves plaudits for conceding just seven goals in ten matches this season; however, the Ajax vs Napoli betting odds price Ajax over 1.5 goals at -125 odds for Tuesday’s match.
The fact that Napoli have continued their winning streak without striker Victor Osimhen makes it all the more impressive. Osimhen is still out with a thigh injury and could return for Sunday’s match at Cremonese. Midfielder Gianluca Gaetano is dealing with an illness but he’d be unlikely to see the field either way.
Odds & Preview
The Ajax vs Napoli betting odds currently price Ajax as +115 home favorites. The Amsterdam club hasn’t been shut out at home since a 1-0 loss to Benfica in the UCL round of 16. Napoli come in as +200 underdogs and will be a popular pick given the form that they’re in. They’re priced at -135 odds to win or draw and cover the ½-goal spread.
Lately, Ajax have struggled to pile on the goals the way they did at the start of the season. In their last three matches they’ve totaled just three goals. They scored 25 goals in the previous seven matches before that. Ajax doesn’t often come up against defenses as solid as Napoli’s and it’ll be a good test for both teams.
Goals are expected in this one, as over three shows -115 odds for Tuesday’s match. Napoli managed to score seven goals in their first two Champions League matches. Curiously, they show -155 odds to score one or no goals in this match. That doesn’t make Serie A’s highest-scoring team any less dangerous.
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