Our double-header of matches against the Dutch champions is concluded this week at Stamford Bridge. Our preview continues with some key facts and figures...
Chelsea vs Ajax head to head record
Chelsea are the only side to beat Ajax this season in their 20 matches in all competitions.Chelsea meet Ajax for the first time at Stamford Bridge.Our matchday three encounter was our first meeting in European competition although we have played each other six times in non-competitive pre-season matches.
Highlights of our only competitive meeting with Ajax so far can be watched below...
Matchday three line-ups
AJAX 0 CHELSEA 1Champions League group H, Johan Cruyff ArenA, 23.10.19, 5.55pm
Ajax (4-2-3-1) Onana; Dest, Veltman (Huntelaar 88), Blind, Tagliafico; Alvarez (De Jong 88), Martinez; Ziyech, Van de Beek, Promes (Neres 74); Tadic (c).Unused subs Varela, Schuurs, Mazraoui, MarinHead coach Erik ten HagBooked Tadic 48, Martinez 64
Chelsea (4-3-3) Arrizabalaga; Azpilicueta (c), Zouma, Tomori, Alonso; Kovacic, Jorginho, Mount; Willian (Pulisic 65), Abraham (Batshuayi 70), Hudson-Odoi (James 90).Unused subs Caballero, Emerson, Gilmour, Giroud.Injured Loftus-Cheek, Rüdiger, Pedro, Christensen, Kanté, BarkleyHead coach Frank LampardBooked Zouma 84Scorer Batshuayi 86
Referee Ovidiu Hategan (Romania)Attendance 52,482
Chelsea’s biggest home win in the Champions League:
21/10/2014 Chelsea 6-0 Maribor Group stage12/09/2017 Chelsea 6-0 Qarabag Group stage
Ajax’s biggest away win in the Champions League:
27/09/1995 Ferencvaros 1-5 Ajax Group stage
Chelsea are unbeaten in five previous European games with Dutch sides (three wins, two draws), winning twice against Feyenoord in the 1999/00 Champions League second group stage, beating Ajax on matchday three and drawing two knockout games goalless against DWS Amsterdam in the 1968/69 Fairs Cup, going out after losing a coin toss.
Chelsea's recent form
The Blues are seeking to win three successive Champions League games for the first time since November/December 2015 and are hoping to avoid two consecutive home defeats in Europe for the first time.We are without a win in our past four Champions League matches at the Bridge (three draws, one defeat. We have never gone five home games without a victory in the competition.Michy Batshuayi has scored one goal every 47 minutes for the Blues in the Champions League (three goals in 141 minutes) – the best minutes per goal ratio of any Chelsea player in the competition.
Frank Lampard has handed five Englishmen aged 21 or younger their Champions League debuts for Chelsea this season (Mount, Abraham, Tomori, James, Hudson-Odoi) – the most by a team in a single season in the competition’s history.Chelsea have lost just one of our last 18 games in Europe (14 wins, three draws) in a run that includes winning the Europa League last season; our only defeat was on matchday one of this Champions League campaign at home to Valencia.Lampard could become the first English manager to win three of his first four matches in the Champions League, with Bobby Robson and Harry Redknapp winning two of their first four.
If selected, Cesar Azpilicueta will make his 50th start in Europe for the Blues.
Last seasonEredivisie - firstKNVB Cup - winnersChampions League - semi-finalsTop scorer all competitions: Dusan Tadic 38 (in 56 appearances)
Champions of the Netherlands for the 34th time in 2018/19 – their first league title since 2014 – Ajax also lifted the Dutch Cup to claim their eighth domestic double, and a first since 2002.
Ajax lost two of their 18 European matches in 2018/19 (10 wins, six draws), when they became the first side in European Cup history to reach the semi-finals having come through three qualifying rounds and the first Dutch club to get to the Champions League last four since PSV Eindhoven in 2004/05.Ajax are seeking a sixth successive away win in the Champions League (excluding qualifiers). Their current five game winning run were at AEK Athens (2-0), Real Madrid (4-1), Juventus (2-1), Tottenham (1-0) and Valencia (3-0).Ajax have never lost an away Champions League match in England (one win, three draws), winning most recently away at Tottenham in April 2019. Their last away European Cup defeat on English soil was in April 1980, a 2-0 semi-final defeat against Brian Clough’s Nottingham Forest side.
Matchday 3 was Ajax's first and only defeat in all competitions this season and since Tottenham were victorious in Amsterdam in the semi-final of the Champions League in May.Ajax have picked up 32 points from their 12 Eredivisie fixtures and currently top the division, six points ahead of AZ.Ajax have scored 19 goals in winning their last six league fixtures, keeping four clean sheets and conceding only three.Klaas-Jan Huntelaar is the oldest player to have appeared in this season's Champions League, on Matchday 3 against Chelsea aged 36 years 72 days.
Ajax manager Erik ten Hag has managed more away Champions League games without losing than any other manager (seven games), winning five and drawing two. Only two managers have lost none of their first eight away games in the competition – Louis van Gaal (first 14 games) and Pep Guardiola (first 11 games).
They kicked off this season's Champions League in the third qualifying round, seeing off Greek side PAOK 5-4 on aggregate. A goalless draw at APOEL in the first leg of the play-offs ended Ajax's run of scoring in 14 successive European matches, but a 2-0 home win booked their group return.
There are no suspensions
In the Champions League, three yellow cards will result in a one-match suspension in the competition.Booking list
Chelsea: Giroud 1, James 1, Jorginho 1, Zouma 1
Ajax: Martinez 2, Onana 2, Blind 1, Promes 1, Tadic 1, Tagliafico 1, Veltman 1
Chelsea vs Ajax referee and VAR
Referee: Gianluca Rocchi from Italy.VAR: Paolo Valeri from Italy.
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