Roma welcome Eredivisie champions Ajax to Stadio Olimpico for Europa League quarterfinal second leg tonight. With a spot in the Europa League semi-finals on the line, here are some Roma vs Ajax predictions.
In the first leg, Roma ended the Dutch giants’ 10-game undefeated home run in the tournament.
Roma thus won the first leg 2-1 over Ajax away. So, they have two important away goals in hand.
Bruno Peres will miss Roma’s quarter-final second leg against Ajax due to his ban. Rick Karsdorp might be the one to replace him.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan returned at the weekend from injury after a month out. So, he will be giving Roma a huge boost in the midfield.
At the start of the week, Chris Smalling and Leonardo Spinazzola returned to training. But they trained separately from the rest of the team, and so, they aren’t yet able to return.
With Spinazzola thus ruled out and Peres suspended, Riccardo Calafiori might start at left wing-back instead.
Roma possible starting lineup (3-4-2-1): Lopez; Mancini, Cristante, Ibanez; Karsdorp, Diawara, Veretout, Calafiori; Pellegrini, Mkhitaryan; Dzeko
Former Roma goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg will take over for Ajax. So, tonight he will be replacing Kjell Scherpen at the goalpost.
Perr Schuurs and Brian Brobbey have both returned to the Ajax bench for this match.
However, Daley Blind and Noussair Mazraoui are still out of running.
Also, owing to an accumulation of bookings, Devyne Rensch is suspended. He won’t play for Ajax, forcing the team to make a shift at right-back.
Ajax possible starting lineup (4-3-3): Stekelenberg; Klaiber, J. Timber, Martinez, Tagliafico; Alvarez, Klaassen, Gravenberch; Antony, Tadic, Neres
Roma vs Ajax Predictions
- Roma has the upper hand going into the second leg, after they made a comeback to win 2-1 last week. In the second half, Dusan Tadic missed a penalty that would have put Ajax up 2-0. moreover, to make matters worse, third-choice goalkeeper Kjell Scherpen gifted Roma an equalizer minutes later. The Serie A side then scored again, three minutes before the 90 minutes were up.
- You can’t rule Ajax out just yet, though. They’ve gone 14 games without losing on the field. A significant win was the 2-0 victory over Ligue 1 champions Lille in an earlier round of the Europa League.
- Still, Roma will likely keep the Italian flag soaring this season due to their first-leg advantage. After all, veteran campaigners Dzeko, Pedro, and Mkhitaryan will all play for Roma to bag a semi-final with Manchester United.