Our football match prediction:
Against all odds, Ajax rolled over Olympique Lyon (4-1) in the first leg of the Europa League semi-finals. The Amsterdammers proved their worth in the first leg and, as a result, they are with one foot in the final of the competition. Peter Bosz’s troops head into Thursday’s football match following a routine 4-0 win over Go Ahead Eagles, but beating les Gones at Parc Olympique Lyonnais is easier said than done. The Ligue 1 club have been impressive at home ground this season and seeing that key attacker Alexandre Lacazette has overcome his injury, we predict that the hosts will emerge triumphant in the return leg. Lyon are desperate to give fans some cheer following the heavy 4-1 loss at Amsterdam Arena and Bruno Genesio’s men are likely to leave their hearts on the field in Thursday’s football game. You should know that les Gones are eyeing their fourth consecutive win at home in the Europa League.
Highlighted Player (Alexandre Lacazette):
Alexandre Lacazette is a hometown boy of Lyon, a powerful striker who went through the youth ranks of the French side to become one of the most important players for Les Gones. The 25-year-old forward was also a member of all France national team selections becoming a European champion at the age of 19 by scoring the winner in the final against Spain. This goal gave him a reputation of a big game player, one he went on to uphold on various occasions at his club. Lacazette is a hard working forward an accomplished finisher of the ball able to score from different positions. The most prolific striker in his side and among the top ones in the Ligue 1, Alexandre Lacazette scored more than 20 league goals last two seasons on a trot. Constantly linked with a move away from Lyon, Alexandre Lacazette refuses to speak about anything other than his football and is leaving all the talk to the football pitch.
Highlighted Team (Ajax):
Ajax are 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.