Ajax are on a 23-game unbeaten run in all competitions. On Thursday night, the Dutch club host Italy’s Roma in the Europa League quarterfinal first leg at the Johan Cruyff Arena, hoping to keep their unbeaten streak going. Erik ten Hag’s team have won seven consecutive games in all competitions and are one of the favourites to win the Europa League.
Roma are winless in their last two matches in Serie A. After downing Shakhtar Donetsk 2-1 in the Europa League last 16 second leg, Roma have failed to win their last two matches in Serie A against Napoli and Sassuolo. They were outscored 4-2 across the last 180 minutes of football.
Ajax started their European campaign in the Champions League but were knocked out of the tournament following the group stage. Ten Hag’s team went on to defeat France’s Lille in the last 32 before knocking out Young boys of Switzerland.
Roma reached the quarterfinals thanks to a Europa League last 32 tie win over Portugal’s Braga before defeating Shakhtar Donetsk in the last 16. Coach Paulo Fonseca will hope his side can knock off one of the favourites and keep their hopes of lifting silverware going. Ajax are 15/2 to win the Europa League this season while Roma are at odds of 14/1 according to leading sportsbooks. Which side will take advantage of the tie on Thursday night in the Europa League quarterfinal first leg?
Ajax vs Roma Betting Odds
Roma have won all four matches in the knockout stage of the Europa League. The Giallorossi have played well in the competition and should fancy their chances of getting a result versus Ajax. Roma are at odds of 49/19 to win the first leg of the quarterfinal in Amsterdam. Fonesca’s team have been hot and cold on the road in all competitions. They have posted a record of 9W-3D-7L. They have been outscored on the road 32 to 29.
The Giallorossi started the 2020-21 European campaign in the Europa League group stage. They recorded 13 points and topped Group A ahead of Switzerland’s Young Boys – the team Ajax eliminated in the round of 16.
Ajax go into the quarterfinal first leg as favourites to win at full-time. They are 27/25 to win at the end of the 90-minute match versus Roma. The Dutch team have lost just three times at home this season, posting a record of 16W-1D-3L in all competitions. Two of those three losses came in the Champions League group stage against Liverpool and Atalanta.
Ajax and Roma have rich European histories, but they have been drawn together just once previously. Their only meeting came in the second group stage of the 2002-03 UEFA Champions League. Ajax won the home game in Amster 2-1 thanks to goals from Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Jari Litmanen. Ajax drew the second leg 1-1 at the Stadio Olimpico to progress in the competition.
Ajax vs Roma Team News
Ten Hag will be without veteran defender Daley Blind. The former Manchester United player has an ankle injury that will keep him from playing the rest of the campaign. Noussair Mazraouri is a doubt for the match following an eye injury.
The Dutch club are led in goals by forward Dusan Tadic. The Serbian has 19 goals and 16 assists in all competitions. Fourteen of his 22 goals have come in the Dutch Eredivisie this season. Everton flop Davy Klaassen has added 11 goals in all competitions for Ajax.
Fonesca could be without four players for the first leg in Amsterdam. Defender Marash Kumbulla is a doubt until late April thanks to a knee injury. He could be fit for the second leg if he is unable to play on Thursday night. Defender Roger Ibanez could also miss the game due to a head injury. There is hope that forward Henrikh Mkhitaryan could return to the team for the game following a calf strain.
Leading goalscorer Jordan Veretout could return to the team for the match. He came on as a substitute in Roma’s Serie A draw against Sassuolo last time out. He had been recovering from an injury. Veretout’s goalscoring could be key to the Giallorossi’s progression to the next round.
Ajax vs Roma Prediction
Both teams to score: YES @ 8/13 - BET NOW
Ajax are a free-scoring team. They have tallied 112 goals in all competitions this season for an average of 2.73 per game. The Dutch team did struggle against stronger teams in the Champions League group stage and did concede goals to Lille in the last 32. Roma should play strongly against the Dutch side with both sides finding the back of the net. Roma saw two of their last four Europa League matches finish with both teams scoring.
Dusan Tadic to score anytime @ 9/5 - BET NOW
Tadic is in brilliant form. He has 22 goals in all competitions. He has 19 assists to go along with those 22 strikes. Tadic has scored or assisted a goal in each of Ajax’s four Europa League knockout matches. He has three goals and two assists in the Europa League knockout rounds. The forward goes into the game in good form have scored in each of his last two Eredivisie matches.
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There is a high potential that Ajax and Roma will plunder the back of the net on Thursday night. Both teams are attacking sides and defensive football could be out the window. Roma average 1.9 goals per game in all competitions. Fonseca’s team have been guilty of conceding goals as well with an average of 1.35 goals allowed per game.
In two-legged ties versus Italian teams, Ajax's record is 6W-0D-7L. Their most recent match versus an Italian team came in the Champions League 2018-19 against Juventus. Ajax won the tie 3-2 on aggregate to reach the Champions League semifinals.
Ten Hag’s team will fancy their chances of a first leg home win. With Roma’s away record being a bit lacklustre, Ajax could get the upper-hand in the first leg.
Ajax vs Roma Tips
Here are our Ajax vs Roma betting tips for Thursday's Europa League quarter-final 1st leg.
1. Both teams to score: YES @ 8/13
2. Dusan Tadic to score anytime @ 9/5
3. Over 2.5 goals scored @ 7/10
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