Our football match prediction:
Ajax failed to book their place in the Champions League group stages, but they have been producing splendid displays in the Europa League this term. The Amsterdammers set up a meeting with Schalke in the quarter-finals of the competition by beating the likes of Legia and Copenhagen and they are definitely capable of making life difficult for the Bundesliga club. Peter Bosz’s team are on a six-game winning run in the Eredivisie and they rolled over AZ Alkmaar in their last home game in the national championship. Die Knappen proved their worth in the two-legged tie against Borussia M’gladbach and the visitors are definitely capable of finding the net in Thursday’s football match. A lively contest appears on the cards and, taking everything into account, we predict that both teams will score in the first leg of the Europa League quarter-finals. It has to be noted that the two teams meet for the first time ever in European competitions.
Highligted Player (Davy Klaassen):
Davy Klaassen is a product of Ajax’s youth academy. He played for the Amsterdammers at youth level from 2004 to 2012 and he made his debut for the senior team against Olympique Lyon in the Champions League group stages. Klaassen was born on 22 February, 1993 in Hilversum, Netherlands and he plays as an attacking midfielder. He is capable of playing as a secondary striker as well and it has to be noted that the Dutch footballer scored 13 goals in 31 league appearances for Ajax in the 2015/2016 Eredivisie campaign. Klaassen has four caps for Netherlands U21 team and he made his debut for the first team on 5 March, 2014 in a friendly against France. The Dutch midfielder scored his first goal for the national team against Spain on 31 March, 2015 and, no doubt, that was one of the brightest moments of his career. The Ajax footballer won his third Eredivisie trophy with the Amsterdammers in the 2013/2014 campaign.
Highlighted Team (Schalke 04):
Schalke 04 are a professional football club founded in 1904. Die Knappen (The Miners) compete in German Bundesliga and they have won seven domestic titles. Schalke have clinched five German Cup trophies as well, while lifting the UEFA Cup title in 1997. The German club defeated Italian side Inter on penalties in the title game and that was the last time the final of the competition was played in a two-legged format. Schalke 04 play their home matches at Veltins-Arena, the stadium that has been the home of the team since 2001. The capacity of Veltins-Arena is 62,271. It is well known that Borussia Dortmund are Schalke’s main rivals and the Ruhy neighbours face each other in the Revierderby. The likes of Klaus Fichtel (477), Norbert Nigbur (355), Rolf Russmann (304), Klaus Fischer (295), Olaf Thon (295) and Herbert Lutkebohmert (286) are the players with most appearances for die Knappen. The colour of Schalke’s home kit is blue.