AJA vs PAO Dream11 : Ajax and PAOK meet each other in the first leg of their Champions League third round qualifier today
They might have ended up as Champion League 2018-19 semi-finalists along with winners of their league but with the league being accorded no spot in Europe’s premier club tournament, Ajax find themselves having to reach the 2019-20 edition through the arduous route. Partaking in a set of qualifiers as they look to play in the newest instalment of the showpiece tournament, Ajax find themselves squaring off against a side who promise to serve as their toughest test till now.
With Ajax going to Greece to take on Greek side PAOK, a team who ended their 2018-19 league campaign undefeated across the entirety of the league, the side know that they are going to face an extremely tricky side today. Despite being under new tutelage with Abel Ferreira being named the side’s manager for this season, the Greek side have managed to keep their side intact with their main group of players being entrusted in to emulate the same rousing showings as last year.
Abel Ferreira said while speaking ahead of today’s encounter, “Our goal is to write history and reach the group phase. Then we also have to pass Ajax. The players will do everything to write that history. We will show passion, but not let our emotions prevail.“
Elsewhere while Ajax managed to make it all the way to the semi-finals of the Champions League last year, one where they were eventually sent packing by an incredible Tottenham comeback, the side no longer look as astute as last year. They have had to face a massive exodus with their star performers leaving for bigger clubs and Donny Van de Beek and Ziyech currently subject to looking for moves outside the club as well.
It leaves the side in a dwindling spate, one they’ll be looking to quell as they look to reaffirm people that last year’s run wasn’t a onetime thing. They still have a relatively skilled set of players, performers who can go onto take a vital lead from today’s encounter ahead of their second home leg.
Picking a winner from this encounter is extremely difficult with one side losing their manager while the other is without its worldclass performers. However, we are going to give Ajax just about the slightest of advantages for this encounter given the way they revelled us in a flawless attacking brand of football in the previous season.
They should just about have enough in their side to come out with a one goal win from this.
Probable Playing 11
- Edson Alvarez and Donny Van de Beek are both available for Ajax for this fixture
Paschalakis (GK), Akpom, Biseswar, Giannoulis, Pelkas, Shakov, Varela, Canas, Crespo, Jaba, Lamprou
Onana, Veltman, Tagliafico, Schuurs, Martinez, Marin, Blind, Van de Beek, Neres, Ziyech, Tadic
Champions League Qualifiers
Match: PAOK Vs Ajax Third Round
Date And Time: 6th August, Tuesday- 10:30pm IST
Venue: Stadio Toumbas, Thessaloniki
AJA vs PAO Pivotal Players
- Pelkas, Canas, Crespo, Lamprou
- Tagliafico, Martinez, Van de Beek, Ziyech
Dream 11 Picks
Goal-Keeper for AJA vs PAO Dream11
A cleansheet looks to be tough in this one. With the match holding such massive consequences, expect both side’s looking to score in this one, seeing us bring in PAOK’s Alexandros Paschalakis for this encounter. His side will play an extremely component game at the back, looking to keep out Ajax for the majority of the encounter and he’ll play a big role in that given the nose of abilities he has as a shot stopper.
Defenders for AJA vs PAO Dream11
With Matthijs de Ligt having left the side for Juventus, Ajax will be turning to Nicolas Tagliafico and Joel Veltman to take the mantle of solidifying things for them at the backline. Perhaps the weakest facet of their side at the moment, if Ajax are to come out of this match with a positive result, they’ll need this duo to deliver a strong performance in unison.
Elsewhere for PAOK while the agenda will be to come out of this match with a win, they’ll be knowing that they can’t allow themselves to be left in disarray and dismantle at the back. They are up against a side who pepper the opposition’s goal with their impeccable attacks and in a bid to shut out Ajax from getting away goals, expect the side to turn to a defensive strategy.
Fernando Varela and Jose Crespo are key names at the back for them, players who not only contribute with tackles at the back but with their sojourns into the opposition’s half as well. They might end up getting an assist or goal, making them excellent value for us today.
Midfielders for AJA vs PAO Dream11
The one area which saw Ajax’s game earn such high laurels, praise and be held in reverence across the entirety of the last season was their attack force. In Dusan Tadic, David Neres, Hakim Ziyech and Danny Van de Beek, the side has at its disposal some good central and wide attacking players, names the side will be relying on heavily to come up with a goal for them.
We are getting in David Neres, Hakim Ziyech and Dusan Tadic into our side, deciding to ignore Danny for this one with him currently at the centre of a 60 million transfer to Real Madrid. From PAOK, the deadly two man partnership of Dimitrios Pelkas and Diego Biseswar enter the fray of our outfit.
Strikers for AJA vs PAO Dream11
The lone striker for us with us picking up Lazaros Lamprou from the home side, given he’s the only player assured of starting the match from either side.
Captain And Vice-Captain
We have picked out Ziyech to be our side’s captain while Lamprou is our vice-captain.
Dream 11 Disclaimer
All our selections are based on in-depth and astute analysis of the players partaking in the match, their performances in recent time, how the two teams have fared in the footballing fraternity over the course of the last year and a perusal of other reasoning. Please incorporate a slew of factors while crafting your own side with this article serving as a guide to the match and players who are expected to dole out the maximum points.