Our prediction for this Europa League match:
A place in the Europa League semis will be at stake when Ajax and Roma face each other in a highly-anticipated double-header. The Amsterdammers are enjoying yet another successful season, with the team eyeing their eighth consecutive win in all competitions. Serbia international Dusan Tadic continues to impress, and all eyes will be on the 32-year-old when Ajax take on Roma on Thursday evening. Goalkeeper Onana remains on the sidelines through suspension, while both Blind and Mazraoui are likely to miss the game with injuries.
The Giallorossi, on the other hand, faced no difficulties in the two-legged tier against Shakhtar Donetsk, but they will have a much bigger fish to fry in Thursday’s clash. Ajax are a real force to be reckoned with at home, and we predict that the Dutch champions will prove their worth on the field. Both Villar and Ibanez return from suspension, while Mkhitaryan, Kumbulla, Smalling, and Zaniolo are all likely to miss the game with injuries.
Highlighted 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 (AS Roma):
AS Roma is a professional football club based in Rome. Roma were founded by a merger in 1927 and they play in the Italian Serie A. Roma’s fiercest rivals are Lazio and it has to be noted that both capital clubs play their home games at Stadio Olimpico. The two local rivals face each other in the Derby della Capitale, which is considered one of the most exciting derbies in the world of football.
The Giallorossi (The Yellow and Reds) have won three Serie A titles (1941/1942, 1982/1983, 2000/2001), while winning nine Coppa Italia trophies. The colour of Roma’s shirts is imperial purple with a golden yellow trim. A number of top-class footballers were part of Roma in the past, but Francesco Totti is undisputedly the club’s biggest legend.The Prince of Rom made his 601 appearances for Roma on 14 May, 2016 when the Giallorossi recorded a 3-1 win over Milan at Stadio San Siro.