Monday November 3rd, 2014

Barcelona vs. Ajax

Ajax hosts Barcelona this week in the teams' second matchup of the Champions League group stage. The Champions League is back underway on Tuesday after a two-week hiatus. 

Barcelona defeated Ajax 3-1 at Camp Nou on Oct. 21 in the clubs' first meeting. Neymar, Lionel Messi and Sandro all scored goals as Barcelona cruised to an easy victory. The win put Barcelona in second place in Group F with six points through three matches, one point behind leader Paris Saint-Germain. Ajax is in third with two points.

Though Barcelona had the upper hand when it played Ajax last month, the Spanish side comes in to the rematch having struggled recently. Barcelona lost the two La Liga games it has played since its last Champions League game, falling to Real Madrid in El Clasico and losing at home to Celta Vigo on Saturday. Ajax, meanwhile, has won its last two games, topping Go Ahead Eagles and FC Dordrecht.

Soccer officials discuss dates for 2022 World Cup

How to watch

Details for Wednesday's match are below. 

Match time: 2:45 p.m. ET

TV coverage: Fox Sports 1

Live streamYou can live stream the match here

•​ BERLIN: Manchester derby reveals the nerves of both clubs

Match facts

Barcelona last won the Champions League in 2010-11. ​Ajax last won in 1994-95.

Ajax has won 33 Eredivisie championships, while Barcelona has won 22 La Liga titles.

Barcelona will be without starting defender Jeremy Mathieu, who's out two to three weeks with a calf injury, and will likely be without midfielder Andres Iniesta, who also has a calf injury.

Ajax midfielder Lasse Schone has scored the third-most goals in the Eredivisie, with six.

Ajax forward Davy Klaassen leads the league with seven assists.

Barcelona's Neymar and Messi have scored the second-most and third-most goals in La Liga with nine and seven, respectively.

Messi is also tied for the league lead with seven assists.

Messi has scored 69 goals all-time in Champions League play, two behind all-time leader Raul.

In Champions League play last season, Barcelona was eliminated in the quarterfinals by eventual runner-up Atletico Madrid. Ajax didn't advance past the group stage.

Barcelona striker Luis Suarez is expected to make his Champions League debut for the team against Ajax after appearing for the first time this season in El Clasico last month. Suarez played for Ajax from 2007 to 2010.

SI Apps
We've Got Apps Too
Get expert analysis, unrivaled access, and the award-winning storytelling only SI can provide - from Peter King, Tom Verducci, Lee Jenkins, Seth Davis, and more - delivered straight to you, along with up-to-the-minute news and live scores.