Ajax appeared quite confident in their last European clash when they found their way to the quarter-finals defeating Young Boys in both matches convincingly.
In the first leg at their home, they didn’t have any problems in recording a 3:0 victory, while only a week later, proved their domination on the road with a routine 0:2 win.
They are by far the best team this season in Eredivisie, as they firmly hold the leading spot, having eleven points more than their closest PSV and a game less played, and have every reason to approach this European clash with the Romans with only one thing in their mind.
The Dutch team misses goalkeeper Onana (20/0), central defender Blind (23/1), and striker Haller (12/7). Right-back Mazraoui (15/0) is doubtful with a head injury.
Roma, also, performed in the best possible manner last time out against Shakhtar, winning over them in the first leg at home with a convincing 3:0 result and confirmed their place in the quarter-finals a week later in Ukraine, as they managed to be victorious once again with a 1:2, using transition more than well.
In Italy, Roma is having some difficulties with its appearances, currently being on a three matches winless streak, and is in a position to fight for the European exit, which is quite questionable at the moment being five points behind Champions League placed Juventus.
The Italians miss suspended right-full back Karsdorp (25/1). Injured are central-backs Kumbulla (16/1), Smalling (14/0), and offensive midfielder Mkhitaryan (25/9). Central defender Ibanez (24/0) is doubtful, while offensive midfielder El Shaarawy (7/0) is unlikely to play here.
Far from reliable at the back
Ajax seems to be in decent form, and it was confirmed against Lille and Young Boys without any doubt. Roma is at their level by individual quality, that’s for sure – however, the Italians remain simply too unreliable in the defense and for sure that Ajax is expected to attack at home.