Our prediction for this Europa League match:
High-flying Getafe will be looking to give fans yet another reason for celebration when they welcome Ajax at their Coliseum Alfonso Perez in the first leg of the Europa League last 32. Los Azulones impressed in the La Liga last term, and they are enjoying yet another successful domestic campaign, with the team sitting in top four in the standings. Over the years the capital club have turned their Coliseum Alfonso Perez into a real fortress, but they face a difficult task in Thursday’s football match against the Champions League semi-finalists.
The Amsterdammers were more than unfortunate not to book their spot in the last 16 of the elite competition, but they are now on a quest to win the Europa League title. January signing Ryan Babel, who opened his goal-scoring account in the Dutch Cup win over Vitesse, will be one of the men to watch in the away team. Even though Getafe are tough to beat at home, we are tempted to put our money on the Dutch champions, who gained experienced in the Champions League last term.
Highlighted Player (Bruno González):
Bruno Gonzales Cabrera is a product of Tenerife football academy. The 184-cm-tall defender played 77 games for los Blanquiazules before joining Real Betis in 2014. Bruno signed a three-year deal with the Andalusian outfit and he quickly established himself as a first-team regular at the La Liga club.
The centre-back scored three goals in 81 appearances for los Beticos in the league and at the end of the 2016/2017 La Liga campaign he moved to fellow Spanish club Getafe. Bruno Gonzalez was born in Las Galletas, Spain on May 24, 1990 and he has yet to make his debut for the Spain national football team.
You should bear in mind that he scored his first professional goal on December 1, 2013 in a 2-2 draw with Girona during his spell with Real Betis. His preferred foot is right and his contract with Getafe should expire on June 30, 2020.
Highlighted Team (Ajax):
Ajax is a Dutch football club that was founded on 18 March, 1900. Ajax are well known for their youth academy, which regarded as one of the best youth football schools in the world. The likes of Johan Cruijff, Edwin van der Sar, Dennis Bergkamp, Patrick Kluivert, Rafael van der Vaart and Marco van Basten are all products of Ajax’s football academy. The Amsterdammers share a big rivalry with Feyenoord and there have always been fireworks when the two teams face each other in De Klassieker.
During the seventies Feyenoord and Ajax were the only two teams who were capable of winning the domestic trophies, while PSV have been playing an important role in Dutch football in the 21st century. PSV and Ajax are regarded as big rivals as well and the two teams square off against each other in De Topper. Ajax play their home games at Amsterdam ArenA, the stadium that was opened on 14 August, 1996. The Amsterdammers won their fourth European Cup (Champions League) trophy in 1995, beating Milan in the title game in Vienna.