AS Roma – Ajax | 15/04/2021

Following a fortunate first leg win in Amsterdam last week, Roma welcome Eredivisie leaders Ajax to Stadio Olimpico on Thursday, with a place in the Europa League semi-finals at stake. Having ended the Dutch giants’ 10-game unbeaten home run in the competition, the Giallorossi now seek to capitalise on their advantage from the opening game, with two valuable away goals in hand.

A come-from-behind 2-1 win in the first leg in Amsterdam has given Roma the chance of their first UEFA Europa League (UEL)/UEFA Cup semi-final appearance since 1990/91 and their first continental trophy since 1960/61. The ‘Giallorossi‘ should be in a confident mood after winning all five of their knockout UEL matches this term by an aggregate 12-3 scoreline.

Just one defeat in their last 20 continental matches here (W15, D4), 12 of which saw them keep a clean sheet, gives Roma further cause for optimism. So too does their four UEL home victories this season (D1) which each game saw them score over 2.5 goals, while three saw them open their account inside the first 30 minutes.

The defeat in the reverse fixture was Ajax’s lone setback across their last 26 competitive outings (W22, D3) and was also the first time they had taken a lead but still lost (in any competitive game) since May, 2019. In yet another negative for the Dutch champions, Ajax have won just three of their last 21 European ties (any competition) against Italian sides (D9, L9).

Still, just two of their six seasonal losses have come on the road, where Ajax have won five competitive games in a row, keeping a clean sheet and opening the scoring inside the first 30 minutes in four. They will surely fight till the end, as 70% of their UEL goals this term came after the break.

 

Date: 15/04/2021
Time: 22:00
Venue: Stadio Olimpico (Rome)
Pick for this match:
“Both teams to score YES” – @ 1.48 ( Betway )

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