Game: Ajax – Barcelona
Date: 15 November,Wednesday, 2014 year
Start time: 19:45
Referee: Pedro Proença (POR)
The team of Ajax hosts Barcelona in match of the fourth round of the group stage of the Champions League. The game is on Wednesday at 29:45 GMT at “Amsterdam Arena” in the Dutch capital.
Ajax is third in Group “F” with a total of two points. In its last match of the competition they loss 1:3 against Barcelona, and before that were drawn against PSG and Apoel Nicosia. If a tie against the French would be considered a good result, then aganist Apoel Ajax disappointing and needs to improve his game if he wants to move forward in the tournament.
After losing the Barcelona Ajax record three consecutive wins, which should have raised the confidence of the team. Over the weekend, the team from Amsterdam crashed Dordrecht 4:0 owns the land and thus consolidate second position in the Dutch Championship after the 11th round.
In last season’s Champions League Ajax beat Barcelona 2:1 at home. As we know both teams again were in a group and exchanged a victory.
Barcelona recorded two wins and one loss so far in the Champions League and are a point behind leaders Paris St Germain. Defeat was precisely from the French champion, who beat Barcelona 3: 2 “Parc des Princes”.
Over the weekend Barcelona were beaten 1-0 at home on Saturday by the club Luis Enrique coached last season, RC Celta de Vigo. The Camp Nou side, who struck the crossbar four times, had not lost back-to-back Liga games since May 2009. This was the second consecutive defeat for Barcelona, having previously lost and “Clasico” 1: 3 Bernabeu. So “Barcelona” is pulled down to the fourth position and two points behind leader Real Madrid.
Jérémy Mathieu picked up a calf injury against Celta and is likely to be out for up to three weeks. Iniesta is a doubt to face Ajax after sustaining a calf injury in the Clásico.
Ajax ended a run of four consecutive home losses to Spanish teams when beating Barcelona last season. Their home record against Spanish opposition is W9 D3 L5.
Joël Veltman will incur a suspension with his next booking for Ajax.
Thomas Vermaelen played for Ajax from 2003 to 2009 (98 league appearances), winning the Eredivisie and two Dutch Cups as well as captaining the club.