It was just on October 24 that Ajax hosted Manchester City and easily handled it 3-1 to further derail City's sinking Champions League hopes. That loss was a huge blow to Manchester City's hopes of avoiding the failure of not advancing to the knockout stage for the second consecutive year.
City has no room for error at this point. Just to have a chance of qualifying, it will have Ajax and Real Madrid at home, which will still leave the club with the task of going to Borussia Dortmund and pulling out a win.
Ajax is in a better position, but not by much. It has three points to City's one.
Where: Etihad Stadium in Manchester
When: Tuesday, November 6 at 2:45 p.m. EST
TV/Live Stream: Fox Soccer
Can Etihad Stadium Save City?
Manchester City is on the Champions League ropes. The good news is that it has the comfy confines of Etihad Stadium for its next two UEFA contests.
City knows how to protect its home pitch, and it's been playing solidly at Etihad in recent play. It has won its last two matches there by the combined score of 4-0.
Obviously, Manchester City is far more talented than its Champions League record suggests. It has yet to lose an EPL match this season and will begin to show this sooner or later.
This matchup could be the impetus it needs to get rolling.
Can Ajax Make Some Champions League Noise?
Ajax appears to be on the verge of being a squad on the rise. It has been playing outstanding domestically. However, its last outing saw the club pick up its first domestic loss of the season with a 2-0 setback to Vitesse Arnhem.
For the team's sake, hopefully this was a sign of it looking ahead to this big match rather than losing its edge.
If Ajax can manage to pull three points out of this win, it will either be in second in its group or just two points off the lead, as the two group front-runners, Borussia Dortmund and Real Madrid, are set to face off.
Look for Manchester City to fire off a brilliant effort, as this group will come out aggressively with its back to the wall and in front of its home fans.
Of course, sans the home fans part, I could be caught saying the exact same thing prior to Ajax's win on October 24.
Manchester City 3, Ajax 1