For Manchester City and Ajax, nothing could be more important than escaping this Champions League contest with three points. Unfortunately, as Highlander taught us all, there can be only one... winner!
Well, unless they tie, in which case there can be only one... point!
That's enough of that. The two teams are sitting behind Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund in the brutal Group D, Manchester United with only one point and Ajax with zero. It promises to be a spirited game, with each team knowing a win would get them back into the thick of things.
If you want to catch the action, you'll need to clear your schedule at 2:45 p.m. ET on Wednesday afternoon and tune into FOX Soccer, which will have live coverage of the contest.
On paper, this is a game that Manchester City should win, even away from home. Still, nothing is guaranteed on the road and City will be without one of its stars, David Silva. Plus, the defense has been a major concern for the team, namely in Champions League play this year.
City is motivated to advance past the group stage unlike a year ago, and I expect it will set the tempo early and control the run of play throughout.
And Ajax isn't coming into this game ablaze themselves. It has drawn three of its last four league matches and lost both Champions League games thus far. Plus, the Amsterdam side likely doesn't have the defense to keep Manchester City off the board.
If Ajax is going to win, it will need to take advantage of City's own questions defensively.
I won't bet against last year's Premier League champions, though—not in this match at least. It won't always be pretty, but City will play a bit of defense and handle its business comfortably, leaving Amsterdam with a 2-0 win.
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