Roma visit Ajax in the Europa League and the pressure is on the Giallorossi to take something from the first encounter after sliding down Serie A. Paulo Fonseca’s remit was to qualify for Europe’s premier competition and this objective is unlikely to be achieved domestically with Napoli five points clear in fourth and Juventus also in the mix.
Where and when: The Johan Cruyff Arena, Amsterdam – 8 April, kick-off 20:00
Where you can see Ajax vs. Roma: BT Sport 3
Last time: Andy van der Meyde and Antonio Cassano exchanged efforts at Stadio Olimpico 18 years ago.
Ajax v Roma Predictions and Preview
Confidence is high in Erik ten Hag’s camp as the Amsterdam giants seek a historic treble. The hosts will contest the KNVB Cup with Vitesse later this month and only need a maximum of three league wins from the final seven matches to retain the Eredivisie title.
Dusan Tadic has enjoyed another fine campaign. The former Southampton ace has contributed an astonishing 22 goals and 19 assists from 41 appearances and will surely go down as one of the Eredivisie’s finest imports. The skipper is 5/1 to open proceedings and his numbers rival the best players on the continent.
|Our Eurotips||Odds||Free bets||Bookie|
|Pedro to score anytime||5/1||Offer|
|Draw and both teams to score||7/2||Offer|
|Ajax to win 2-1||8/1||Offer|
Tadic will link up with David Neres, Sébastien Haller and former Everton misfit Davy Klaassen. The Oranje international has notched double figures this term and turned his career round after struggling to adjust to the demands of the Premier League. Klaassen is 14/5 to score anytime and team-mate Neres can be found at 5/2.
Haller has been a big success since joining from West Ham United in the winter. The burly Frenchman is 9/2 to break the deadlock and add to his haul of nine for Ajax. The home dressing room are 21/20 to claim an advantage at the half way point in the tie and a draw is 11/4.
Travelling party Roma have been without star playmaker Henrikh Mkhitaryan for the last three weeks. The recruit from Arsenal could make the substitutes bench but the second-leg is likely to be a more realistic target for the Armenian.
Borja Mayoral has got the nod ahead of Edin Dzeko for large parts of the campaign and has been a mainstay in Europe. The Real Madrid loanee is 11/2 to register first and should see his switch made permanent even if Fonseca is relieved of his duties.
One to watch for Ajax: Brian Brobbey has opted to join RB Leipzig in the summer but Ten Hag has not limited the youngster’s playing time. The forward is 6/1 to bag last.
One to watch for Roma: Jordan Veretout has outshone Adrien Rabiot but it is the latter who turned out for France during the international break. The spot-kick specialist is 13/5 to strike anytime.
Long shot: Ajax have hit 112 goals and counting this season but Fonseca has potent firepower of his own. Some of the Portuguese’s best results as Giallorossi manager have come in Europe and a shock 3-2 away triumph, inflicting only a sixth loss during 2020-21 on their opponents, is 22/1.