Michael Owen states his prediction for Real Madrid v Ajax
The former Real Madrid striker expects los Blancos to ease past Ajax in the second leg of their Champions League round of 16 tie on Tuesday night
Michael Owen is backing Real Madrid to beat Ajax in a high-scoring game at The Bernabeu on Tuesday night.
The Champions League holders will welcome the Eredivisie giants to the Spanish capital with the last-16 tie finely balanced.
Hakim Ziyech cancelled out Karim Benzema’s opening goal at the Johan Cruijff ArenA before Marco Asensio came off the bench to score an 87th-minute winner last month in a 2-1 win for Real Madrid.
However, Real Madrid suffered a setback at the weekend after FC Barcelona were 1-0 winners against los Blancos thanks to Ivan Rakitic’s winner at The Bernabeu.
The Spanish giants have lost three of their four games since their win at Ajax following a loss to Girona and back-to-back defeats by FC Barcelona.
Ajax, on the other hand, have scored 13 times in three games since their home loss to Real Madrid to build some momentum.
Former Real Madrid striker Owen is backing Santiago Solari’s side to beat Ajax in a high-scoring game at The Bernabeu on Tuesday night.
“Real Madrid must do without skipper Sergio Ramos against Ajax in the Bernabeu, but they hold a 2-1 lead from the first leg and can add to an already impressive record they have against the Amsterdam outfit – having won the last seven games between the clubs in all competitions,” Owen told BetVictor.
“It has not been a great week for my old club and all at the Bernabeu will be hurting after failing to score in two home defeats to Barcelona, both Copy del Rey and La Liga, in the last seven days.
“Los Blancos were, arguably, fortunate to take a lead back to the Spanish capital after the first leg, but Ajax need to score at least twice to qualify for the last eight and I expect the hosts to get back to winning ways and win an open, entertaining game.”
Real Madrid were 3-1 winners against Liverpool FC in the Champions League final in Kiev last term.
Los Blancos have won the Champions League in the last three seasons to dominate the competition.
Ajax haven’t won the Champions League since since Louis van Gaal led his young side to a penalty shootout victory over Juventus in 1995.