Calvin Bassey’s Ajax play host to his former side Rangers for the first time in their Champions League group stage opener on Wednesday evening encounter at Johan Cryuff Arena.

Despite losing their manager Erik ten Hag and a host of key players including Antony, Lisandro Martinez, and Sebastien Haller over the summer the Duch club have bounced back from that curtain-raiser defeat from PSV to make it five wins out of five in the Eredivisie

The Scottish Premier League giants are back to the Champions League group stage after 12 years absent by beating Union SG and PSV Eindhoven over two legs in the qualification rounds.

Rangers must try to pick themselves up from Saturday’s Old Firm derby 4-0 drubbing by Celtic.

IMPORTANT STATS:

AJAX

Ajax have met Rangers on 4 different occasions with the Dutch side triumphing in all of them with the last encounter was in the group stages in 1996 and the Eredivisie holders won 1-0 at Ibrox Stadium and 4-1 in Johan Cruyff Arena.

Alfred Schreuder’s side have won 13 of their last 14 competitive home games.

Former Tottenham Hotspurs forward Steven Bergwijn has scored 7 goals in six appearances since returning to the Netherlands.

RANGERS

Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s men have won just 2 of their last ten European away games, losing five.

Rangers have seen three of their last four matches end with a ‘nil’ in the final scoreline; they’ve kept two clean sheets in that period and blanked in front of goal once.

FCNAIJA PREDICTION:

Ajax to win and both teams to score plus Rangers to get over 3.5 corners in the encounter.

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