UEFA Champions League 2021/22 Preview: Ajax vs Borussia Dortmund

Group C leaders Ajax host Borussia Dortmund in the UEFA Champions League 2021/22 group stage match. Both teams have a 100% win record and are the top-seeded teams in their group.

Ajax began their campaign with a 5-1 hammering of Sporting CP in the opening weekend. Sebastien Haller scored four goals for the Dutch club and helped his side to earn a victory.

UEFA Champions League 2021/22 Preview: Ajax vs Borussia Dortmund

Ajax have attempted 32 shots in the two games and 22 shots were attempted in the previous game against Besiktas. The shot accuracy is 40% and the total shots attempted on target are 13. Sébastien Haller has attempted ten shots and his seven attempts were on target. The expected goal rate is also high for the Dutch club. The xG rate in the first match was 2.62 and in the second match, it was 2.89. In the previous match, Ajax players attempted around 70% of their shots in the first half itself.

UEFA Champions League 2021/22 Preview: Ajax vs Borussia Dortmund

Ajax created a lot of threats from the left side of the play and the xT creation zones were similar in both matches. Dusan Tadic created an xT of 1.095 in the last match and his xT rate from passes in the opening fixture was 0.26. Noussair Mazraoui has created a combined xT of 0.9 in the two matches. Daley Blind was another player who created some threat from passes. The Dutch international created an xT of 0.289 in the first match. His xT rate was high in the previous match.

UEFA Champions League 2021/22 Preview: Ajax vs Borussia Dortmund

Sébastien Haller is the highest goalscorer in the Champions League so far with five goals in two games. His goal per 90 average is 2.38. Steven Berghuis is the other goalscorer with two goals and his goal per 90 rates is 1.18.

Borussia Dortmund also has a 100% win rate and the German club earned a 2-1 victory over Besiktas in the first round and a 1-0 victory over Sporting CP in the previous round.

UEFA Champions League 2021/22 Preview: Ajax vs Borussia Dortmund

The above viz is the shot map in the first round. Dortmund attempted 15 shots in the first game and six shots in the previous game. Against Besiktas 11 shots were attempted from inside the opposition box and seven shots were on target. The xG rate was 2.51 and both the goals were scored from a very close range from inside the opposition box. The xG rate in the next match was 0.51 and 50% of the shots were attempted on target.

UEFA Champions League 2021/22 Preview: Ajax vs Borussia Dortmund

The above viz shows the loose ball duels contested by the Dortmund players in the first match. The players contested 48 duels and won 17 duels out of them with a win % of 35 %. In the previous match, Dortmund contested 34 loose ball duels and won 15 out of them. In both the games, the loose ball duels win % was less than 50%. The offensive duels win % was below 30% for Dortmund in the previous match.

Borussia Dortmund has three different goalscorers this season. Jude Bellingham opened the scoring and Erling Braut Haaland scored the second goal in the first match. Donyell Malen scored the match-winner in the previous game.

Ajax and Dortmund will go head to head to go to the top of the table and maintain a 100% record in the season. Ajax have played a very attacking style of football but Dortmund is also full of surprises. Looking at the team stats, this match could feature a lot of goals.