15th April – 21:00, Stadio Olimpico, Rome
Roma and Ajax will face each other in the battle of the Europa League quarter-finals. The home side wants to capitalize on its first-leg advantage while the visitors search for revenge for a defeat in Amsterdam.
Roma vs Ajax Match Preview & Team News
The hosts managed to break their winless streak in Serie A last weekend by celebrating a narrow 1:0 victory over Bologna. Thanks to that win, they remained in the race for the Europa League spot next season, being just a point behind their arch-rivals Lazio. Paulo Fonseca’s side has been pretty productive this season, but the home side has trouble keeping its net intact. Roma’s home performances have been quite confident so far, despite losing twice on the previous five occasions. Gialorossi secured an excellent result in Amsterdam, and a 2:1 advantage is a considerable capital ahead of this match. Edin Dzeko and the lads need to put another efficient performance to secure a place in the semi-finals.
Despite being dominant in the first-leg, Ajax failed to put themselves in a commanding position in this tie. They went 1:0 ahead just before halftime, and that’s the perfect moment in matches like this. The Dutch team continued in the same fashion until the hour mark when everything turned upside-down. Dusan Tadic missed the chance to convert the penalty kick and drive his team to the victory. Instead, Erik Ten Hag’s side severely dropped in performance, and Roma quickly equalized. Eventually, Ajax conceded late in the game, and they will need to try catching up with rivals in this game. Ajax didn’t have enough stability in defense, especially since the third-choice goalie needed to put the gloves on. The visitors will still miss Andre Onana on the goal line, but Martin Stekelenburg should be back from injury. Daley Blind will miss out like in the first leg game, but the away side has enough options in the middle of the park. They will need to convert their chances into goals to get an opportunity to advance to the semi-finals.
Full-Time Winner Odds & Prediction
Despite Roma’s advantage, everything is still open in this tie. Nobody should underestimate Ajax, as this team has massive attacking potential, while Gialorossi have been poor in the back. We don’t think Ajax will lose this game, but it’s questionable if it will be enough for a place among the best four Europa League teams.
Goals Market Prediction
Both teams have been clinical in front of the oppositions’ net this season, and we believe they will keep up where they left off. Neither of the sides managed to keep the clean sheet in their previous three encounters, so we expect the tradition to continue in this one.
Roma vs Ajax
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