Champions League: PSG vs Ajax match preview

A look ahead to today’s match at the Parc des Princes

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A big task lies ahead for Ajax as they take on Paris Saint-German in the Champions League.

The Amsterdam club are unable progress into the knockout stages but can still qualify for the Europa League and will feel they have a point to prove in Paris.

The first leg, which saw PSG striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic return to the ArenA where he made his breakthrough as a teenager, finished in 1-1. The Swedish striker, who recently became all-time top scorer of the Swedish national team, made his comeback onto the pitch only last Friday having suffered from a serious heel-injury since the beginning of the season.

The Parisiens have the chance to become group-winner tonight if they beat Ajax and Barcelona loses to Apoel FC.

Another player who will face his old club tonight is PSG defender Gregory van der Wiel who moved to the French capital two years ago. The defender recently made his return to the Dutch national team and has been able to secure a place in the starting XI under PSG boss Laurent Blanc.

Ibrahimovic is expected to form a duo again with Edinson Cavani against The Amsterdammers. Cavani has been the centre of transfer gossip lately with rumours abound that he iss unhappy with his role in France. The Uruguayan, who performed in a leading role at his previous club Napoli, now mainly has to work to serve Ibrahimovic.

Ajax, who unexpectedly beat Barcelona last year, have again not been able to progress into the tournament. Frank de Boer's side are regular competitors in the tournament but the team was knocked out for the fourth consecutive year by the Catalans in early November.

Kick off: Tuesday 19:45pm

PAST MEETINGS...

Ajax 1 (Schone) - 1 (Cavani) Paris St. Germain Wed 17 Sep 2014

STATS...

PSG are unbeaten in 19 games over all competitions this term. They won their last seven.

Ajax has won the Uefa Champions League four times. The last time was in 1995 under current Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal.

PSG has won league titles in the past two years, Ajax in the past  four.

PSG has scored six times in this years Champions League campaign, Ajax three times

PSG players have been booked for a total amount of 4, Ajax has received 15 yellow cards and one red card.

ODDS...

PSG to win 1.36

Draw 5.5

Ajax to win 10.0

TV: Skysports interactive

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