UEFA Champions League Preview: AC Milan-Ajax

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AC Milan and Ajax both have clear chances of qualifying to the next round. After five matches in the Group H, Milan has eight points and Ajax has seven, so the game between these two sides will be pivotal to see which side advances to the next stage of the UEFA Champions League.

The home side is definitely one of the most successful teams at the European stage, and they will have the support of their fans to come away with a win in what’s arguably their most important match of the year so far. Most of the chances on the offensive side of the ball will rely on the shoulders of Mario Ballotelli, who already saved the team against Livorno this past weekend.

Ajax, on the other hand, are coming off a total shocking win against Barcelona and will look to build from that performance to pull off an upset that would place them in the next round. The defensive line of Ajax will be key for them to withhold the constant pressure that Milan will put from the start of the game, and if goalkeeper Kenneth Vermeer can be on his game, Ajax will have chances until the final minutes of the contest.

Prediction: AC Milan 1-1 Ajax

Both sides are evenly matched with each other, and this contest will surely go down as a tie. The draw will put Milan in the next round.

Juan Pablo Aravena is a sports writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @jparavenarant or add him to your network on Google

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