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Goal total may be high in Amsterdam when Ajax host Standard Liege

Dutch outfit lack defensive resolve to secure comfortable win

Hakim Ziyech is a key component Ajax's attacking armoury
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Champions League qualifying
7.30pm Tuesday

There was late drama when Standard Liege hosted Ajax in the Champions League qualifiers last week and their second-leg encounter could be a high-scoring affair in Amsterdam.

Having stormed into a 2-0 first-half lead, Ajax were denied victory by a Mehdi Carcela goal and an injury-time penalty from Renaud Emond, and Standard Liege are unlikely to alter their attacking approach for the away leg.

The Belgians won the shot count 18-11 last time out and they can take confidence from the fact that Ajax have conceded in three of their four competitive games this term.

Ajax's summer investment has mainly focused around their front line, with Zakaria Labyad, Dusan Tadic and Hassane Bande all signing deals with the club, but defensive issues remain for Erik ten Hag's men despite Daley Blind's arrival.

They have fallen to defeats against Rapid Vienna and FC Rostov in European qualifiers in recent seasons and backing goals as opposed to a result is the best option.

Ajax won their second qualifying round tie 5-1 on aggregate against Sturm Graz but allowed the Austrians to have a combined 20 shots across both legs.

Both teams have netted in 13 of the Dutch side's last 21 European encounters and their issues at the back coupled with Liege's desire to attack makes a goalfest likely in the second leg.

Recommendation
Over 3.5 goals
1pt 11-8 general

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Ajax won their second qualifying round tie 5-1 on aggregate against Sturm Graz but allowed the Austrians to have a combined 20 shots across both legs
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