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Chelsea Women v Ajax Women: Prediction, Tips and Odds

Chelsea have one foot in the semi-finals of the Women's Champions League thanks to their 3-0 thrashing of Ajax in last week's first leg and the return game at Stamford Bridge should be similarly straightforward.

The Blues left nothing to chance in Amsterdam with a goal from Lauren James and a brace from Sjoeke Nusken sealing a comfortable victory.

Emma Hayes' side followed that up with a 2-0 win over West Ham and are still in the mix for an unprecedented quadruple, with the Women's League Cup final against Arsenal to come on Sunday.

Chelsea Women v Ajax Women

Chelsea Women v Ajax Women betting tips and predictions

Chelsea Women to win to nil - 6/5

Chelsea Women have already played six matches in March but have coped well with the busy schedule, winning all of those outings and scoring 14 goals.

Their defensive efforts also deserve credit with the Blues racking up five clean sheets as part of that streak, conceding just once this month.

That is despite the fact they have been light on personnel, especially at the back, with Millie Bright and Maren Mjelde currently on the sidelines.

The pair are again unavailable for the second leg but that should not stop Chelsea from recording another shutout success.

Wednesday's hosts limited Ajax to just two shots on target on their own turf in the first leg and they conceded only five goals in six games in the Women's Champions League group stage.

Hayes may be tempted to rotate a little given the Women's League Cup final is next up and another gritty defensive performance, much like the one they put in during the 2-0 win over West Ham on Sunday, could be on the cards.

With that in mind, back Chelsea Women to win to nil at a generous price.

Under 2.5 goals - 9/4

Hayes knows her team do not have to do a lot in this second leg to secure their spot in the semi-finals and a more conservative performance is expected from the Blues.

They will of course be cautious of complacency but with such a hectic schedule, it is important for Chelsea to pick their battles and they could be content with a low-scoring victory at Stamford Bridge.

It was a case of getting the job done against London rivals West Ham on Sunday, as they dug deep to win 2-0 and denied their opponents a single shot on target.

Five of Chelsea's previous eight matches in all competitions have featured under 2.5 goals and that also looks a good bet.

A barnstorming attacking performance from the Blues is unlikely given their schedule and the fact they are still missing star player Sam Kerr.

As for Ajax, they did not exactly outclass their opponents in the Women's Champions League group stage, scoring a relatively meagre seven times in their six group fixtures, so a low-scoring contest looks likely.

Lauren James to score first - 3/1

There are several stars missing for Chelsea but James is a player who has stepped up to the mark in their absence.

The forward has been in top form recently and broke the deadlock after 19 minutes in the first leg in Amsterdam.

She also scored the first goal in Chelsea's 3-1 win over Arsenal in the league earlier this month, and she is among the leading scorers in the Women's Super League.

Only Manchester City ace Khadija Shaw (17 goals) has scored more WSL goals than James (13) this season and she is averaging 1.05 goals per 90 minutes in the top flight.

She is 8/11 to get on the scoresheet again but given this is likely to be a low-scoring game, the better value is in the first goalscorer market, in which James is priced up at 3/1.

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Chelsea Women v Ajax Women odds

Chelsea Women - 2/11
Draw -
5/1
Ajax Women -
9/1

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