Ajax vs Roma
UEFA Europa League
Date: Thursday, 8 April 2021
Kick-Off at 20.00 UK
Venue: Johan Cruijff Arena, Amsterdam.
Ajax and Roma are set to battle it out in one of the most exciting UEFA Europa League quarter-finals. The first leg is scheduled for this Thursday and will be played at Johan Cruijff Arena. De Godenzonen have been almost impeccable there throughout the entire season. They won ten and drew one of the last eleven home matches in all competitions. They picked up four wins in four UEFA Europa League games this year. It is an impressive record if we know Ajax faced the likes of Lille and Young Boys in the knockout phase.
There are thus numerous reasons for favouring the hosts in this first leg. Roma’s form is another. La Lupa have been struggling badly to catch the right rhythm throughout the season and especially in the last couple of months. Paulo Fonseca’s men thus gave up the battle for the top-four finish in Serie A where they took just one point from the last three matches. It came on Saturday afternoon when the Romans only played a 2-2 draw to Sassuolo away at MAPEI Stadium.
Ajax vs Roma Head-to-head
- This will be the first meeting between the two outfits since the 2002/03 UEFA Champions League campaign.
- Back then, the two teams were drawn to the same group. Ajax won the home fixture 2-1, while they held the Romans to a 1-1 draw in the reverse tie in Italian capital.
Ajax vs Roma Prediction
Fonseca faces massive issues with the lack of meticulousness in his team’s defensive line ahead of the trip to Amsterdam. La Lupa conceded two goals in each of the last three league games, although they have played the likes of Parma, Napoli, and Sassuolo along the way. Such a bad defensive form will certainly be the music to the ears of Dusan Tadic who has scored three goals in four Europa League games this season.
Everything points out towards the home win and we can’t quite ignore the 2.00 odds offered for such a scenario here. Since the Serbian forward is on penalties, we also find the value in backing him to score anytime at the odds of 2.25 here.