EUROPE: Europa League
Date: Thursday, 15 April 2021
Kick-off at 20:00 UK/ 21:00 CET
Venue: Stadio Olimpico (Rome)
Roma hold the hope of making it to their first Europa League semi-final since the 1990/91 season thanks to a 2-1 away win against their visitors in the first leg of this tie. That comeback win from a goal down in the first leg become a vital tonic for the team as they look to complete the job at home. The home team’s confidence should be boosted 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.
Players to watch: Borja Mayoral (ROM) scored a first-half opener last time out, whilst each of his last four UEL goals have arrived after the break. Similarly, Davy Klaassen opened the scoring inside the first half in the first leg, but three of his previous four strikes arrived beyond the 49th minute.
- AS Roma’s form in last 5 matches: WWDLW.
- Ajax’s form in last 5 matches: WLWWW.