Our football match prediction:
Thursday’s football match at Stade Maurice Dufrasne pits together neighbourhood teams Standard Liege and Ajax. Given the rivalry between Belgian and Dutch sides, we believe that there will be fireworks when they square off against each other in their final group game in the Europa League. Thanks to a 2-0 win over Panathinaikos Ajax booked their place in the knockout stages of the competition, whilst Standard Liege are on the right track to advance to the last 32. Seeing that Ajax coach Peter Bosz is unlikely to field the best possible side against Standard Liege, we predict that the Red Devils will pick up all three points from Thursday’s showdown. When the two teams met at Amsterdam Arena earlier in the process the Dutch team defeated the Belgian side, meaning that the hosts are hungry for revenge. Aleksandar Jankovic’s men were not in action in the national championship at the weekend and we are tempted to put our money on the hosts this time out.
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 (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.