This big Europa League quarter-final between Roma and Ajax takes place on Thursday. It goes without saying that date with the semi final as the reward for the club that gets through, it could well be a fantastic encounter between these sides.
All Roma v Ajax game predictions, stats and user poll are shown below - as well as up-to-date odds.
Roma will be looking for a repeat result of the 1-0 Serie A success against Bologna.
In that match, Roma had 44% possession and 14 attempts on goal with 6 on target. The scorer for Roma was Borja Mayoral (44'). At the other end, Bologna had 12 shots at goal with 4 on target.
It’s been seldom in recent times that Roma have kept a clean sheet. It will be a concern for them that i Giallorossi have seen their defence breached in 5 of their previous 6 games, shipping 8 goals in the process.
Ajax will go into this clash following on from a 0-1 Eredivisie win as they beat RKC Waalwijk in their most recent outing.
In that match, Ajax managed 64% possession and 12 shots on goal with 3 of them on target. The only player on the scoresheet for Ajax was Sébastien Haller (14'). At the other end, RKC Waalwijk had 3 attempts on goal with 0 on target.
In their last six outings, Ajax have amassed a total of 13 goals. de Godenzonen have additionally got on the scoresheet in every single one of those games. During that period, they’ve had 3 goals scored by their opponents. That trend might not be continued into this match, however.
Team News: Roma
Chris Smalling (Knee Problems), Leonardo Spinazzola (Thigh Problems), Stephan El Shaarawy (Biceps femoris muscle injury), Marash Kumbulla (Torn Meniscus) and Nicolò Zaniolo (Cruciate Ligament Rupture) will be missing for Roma manager Paulo Fonseca. Bruno Peres cannot play in this game through suspension.
Team News: Ajax
Ajax boss Erik ten Hag has to choose from a squad that has some fitness concerns. Zakaria Labyad (Knock), Daley Blind (Syndesmotic ligament tear) and Noussair Mazraoui (Eye Injury) will not be playing here. Sébastien Haller will not be able to play in this game through being suspended.
Our assessment is that Ajax and Roma should both be able to find the back of the net at least once here although it’s difficult at this stage to select a clear winner.
Let’s see how this one goes, but it looks this could have goals and the potential for a draw. That’s why we have predicted a 2-2 score when the referee blows the final whistle.
Our expert partners are tipping under 3.5 goals for this match. Check out their VIP predictions here.
⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Stadio Olimpico di Roma (70,634)
Captain: Lorenzo Pellegrini
Chairman: Dan Friedkin
Manager: Paulo Fonseca
Competitions: Serie A position 7, Europa League (Quarter-Finals)
🔑 Star Player: Jordan Veretout
Normally deployed in the Centre Midfield position, Jordan Veretout was born in Ancenis, France. Having played his first senior match for Nantes in the 2010 - 2011 season, the dangerous Midfielder has hit 10 league goals in the Serie A 2020 - 2021 season to date coming from a total of 25 appearances.