Juventus wasn’t a better side but still managed to get a 1:1 draw away in the first leg and now are standing out as favorites. Their form isn’t the best perfect, coming from a 2:1 defeat away to Spal with a rotated squad, however no doubt that all of their efforts are now with the Champions League, being already almost mathematically with the new Serie A title.
Ajax was better in the first leg and might feel unlucky with a 1:1 draw, however, the side already reacted well in the previous round and no doubt that the spirits are high again in their locker-room. The team continued with impressive performances coming from a 6:2 home win over Excelsior, continuing their title race being tied up with PSV.
Midfielder Matuidi (26/3) is doubtful, similar to another midfielder Douglas Costa (17/1). Injured remains central defender Rugani (13/2), midfielder Cuadrado (12/1), with central back Chiellini (21/1) and midfielder Can (24/4) also coming from injuries and remaining doubtful. Cristiano Ronaldo was rested during the weekend together with a couple of more important players.
The guests have left back Tagliafico (25/1) suspended, while injured remains midfielder Eiting (7/0). Midfielder de Jong (27/3) is doubtful for the moment.
Juventus are the favorites after taking a 1:1 draw away, however, this game will need to be more open one sooner or later. Ajax already showed that they can be extremely dangerous on the road and I believe they will be once again.