4/8/21 3 pm
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Ajax is hosting Roma at Johan Cruijff Arena in the quarterfinals for the UEFA Europa League.
Ajax is in incredible form, and they are unbeaten since early December of last year, 24 games in total. Ajax is also at the top of the Dutch Eredivisie, and they are getting close to another title. In the Europa League, Ajax has knocked out Young Boys with 2 nice wins, and without a conceded goal. In their last game, Ajax was playing against Heerenveen on the road, and they were solid great with 62% of ball possession, 6 shots on goal, 9 corner kicks, 2 big chances created, and 80% of the correct passes. After losing 1-0, Ajax turned this game around, and they have won this match 1-2. Ajax got to the Europa League after finishing third in their Champions League group, and they have conceded only 2 goals in their 4 games in this competition, and they have won all 4. With 3 goals and 2 assists, Tadic is the leading goalscorer for Ajax in the Europa League. Mazraoui, Blind, and Stekelenburg are injured for Ajax, and they will miss this match. Ajax is playing fantastic soccer, and they are incredibly dangerous in the attacking end, and I wouldn’t be surprised if Ajax goes all the way in this competition.
Roma has been a bit sloppy as of late, and they have won only 1 of their last 4 games. Roma has beaten Shakhtar in the previous stage of the Europa League, and they looked great in the attacking end, but none of that has transferred to their Serie A form. Roma has lost their Champions League spot in the Serie A standings, and it’s slipping further and further away from them. In their last match against Sassuolo this past weekend, and they haven’t had a particularly good game. Roma has had 31% of ball possession, 8 shots on goal, 4 corner kicks, 2 big chances created, and 83% of the correct passes. Despite having a bad day, Roma was leading twice in this match, but Sassuolo kept coming back. The final score of this match was 2-2. Mayoral has been in great form for Roma in the Europa League, and he has scored 7 goals in 10 games. Zaniolo, Kumbulla, Mkhitaryan, Jesus, Smalling, and El Shaarawy are all injured for Roma. With so many injures, problems were bound to appear, and Roma is not handling it well. Roma will need to be focused in these two games against Ajax, and if they want to advance, they will need to play outstanding defense.
Ajax hasn’t lost any of their last 11 home games while winning their last 8 home games in a row. Roma has a ton of injuries, and they have been shaky on the defensive end. I see Ajax winning this game, but Roma could score a goal here.