Our prediction for this Europa League match:
Johan Cruijff Arena will host the Europa League clash between Ajax and Lille. The Amsterdammers came from behind to beat Les Dogues at Stade Pierre-Mauroy, with talented attacking Brobbey scoring a late winner. The Dutch champions are on a ten-game winning run in all competitions, and, no doubt, they want to give fans yet another reason for celebration. January signing Haller is ineligible for the Europa League clash, while first-choice goalkeeper Onana remains on the sidelines through suspension.
Lille, on the other hand, aim to build on a thrilling 4-1 win over Lorient. Important attacker Burak Yilmaz, though, remains in the recovery room, and seeing that Lille have no other choice but to adopt an attack-minded approach in the second leg, we predict that the hosts will have a number of chances to score on the break. As always, a man to watch in the home team will be Serbia international Dusan Tadic, who scored the equalizer from the penalty spot in the first leg.
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 (Lille):
Lille have been playing an important role in French football ever since they were founded in 1944. Les Dogues won their first domestic trophy in the 1945/1946 season.
Lille did well to win their second Ligue 1 title in 1954 and 57 years later they lifted their last domestic title. Les Douges finished the 2010/2011 season in top position in the standings, eight points clear of second-placed Olympique Marseille and it has to be noted that Lille attacker Moussa Sow won the Golden Boot (25 goals).
Lille are one of the two teams that managed to win three consecutive Coupe de France trophies (1946, 1947, 1948), but they have yet to clinch the Coupe de la Ligue title. Les Dogues faced PSG in the 2015/2016 Coupe de la Ligue trophy, but les Parisiens proved to be a big catch for Frederic Antonetti’s team in the title game.
Lille play their home matches at Stade Pierre-Mauroy and the capacity of the stadium is 50.186. The venue was opened in August, 2017 and the construction cost €282 million.