AJA vs ATN Fantasy Preview:
In a decider of who will be cruising to the knock-outs, AFC Ajax will be locking horns against Atalanta in the final group stage fixture.
The giant killers in 2018-19, Ajax haven’t really been in a rippling form in the last two games. They have slumped down to Liverpool in a Champions League fixture while Twente dumped them in their domestic league. Erik ten Hag will be eager to secure a victory in this crucial encounter to ensure their residence in the Europe’s top-flight football. Anything less than a victory will be eliminating them from Europe’s premium footballing contest.
Despite prising out a comfortable victory against Liverpool, Atalanta slumped down to a 2-0 defeat against Verona while they barely escaped the blushes of defeat against Midtjylland as the bout ended in 1-1 affair. A draw in this battle with Ajax will sail them through to the next round while a defeat will eliminate them from the contest.
This will be a high-octane encounter, considering the urgency for both the teams to wring out the most categorical results. These are our fantasy picks for the upcoming fixture between Atalanta and Ajax.
AFC Ajax vs Atalanta
AJA vs ATN: Head to head
Two ultra-attacking sides have so far faced each other only once in their footballing antiquity and it panned out into a 2-2 draw. The Dutch stalwarts took an early lead but were stunned by a late resurgence from the Italian paragons.
AJA vs ATN Probable Teams:
Ajax: Andre Onana; Nicolas Tagliafico, Daley Blind, Perr Schuurs, Sean Klaiber; Ryan Gravenberch, Edson Alvarez, Davy Klaassen; Dusan Tadic, Lassina Traore, Antony
Atalanta: Marco Sportiello; Rafael Toloi, Cristian Romero, Berat Djimsiti; Johan Mojica, Remo Freuler, Marten de Roon, Hans Hateboer; Alejandro Gomez, Duvan Zapata, Luis Muriel
Picks to consider:
Duvan Zapata is an extremely adept attacker and can impose serious damage on the opposition with his predatory instincts. He is also known for his positional sense which has helped him to score a flurry of goals in his career.
Dusan Tadic has always managed to create an impact on high-voltage games that makes him a player to watch out for. His creative prowesses laced with his long-ranging thunderbolts make him an extremely minatory player to contain.
1. Luis Muriel
2. Duvan Zapata
Match Prediction: Who will win today?
In the stoush of two of the most attacking teams of Europe, it is hard to predict a winner. However, Ajax will hold an upper hand given their long-standing kinship with producing the extraordinary when it is most needed.