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Prediction: Ajax vs Lille – preview and betting tips

Foot Predictions shows Thursday’s Europa League clash between Ajax and Lille, including hunches, betting tips and possible lineups.

Ajax and Lille get ready for an intense battle at Johan Cruijff ArenA on Thursday night, with the two teams trying to advance to the round of 16 of the Europa League.

Lille appeared to be heading towards a first leg victory last Thursday, but the Eredivisie champions marched to a 2-1 victory thanks to goals from Dusan Tadic and Brian Brobbey.


Match analysis

Even with the ridiculous omission of Sebastien Haller and 12-month doping ban granted to the goalkeeper Andre Onana, Ajax managed to take advantage in the first leg back in Amsterdam by defeating Lille 2-1 at Stade Pierre-Mauroy last week, with Tadic and substitute Bobbey scoring in the last five minutes Timothy Weahopener.

Erik ten HagThe team will certainly believe that they are a true candidate to go all the way in this year’s tournament and, although the battle of the last 32 against Lille has not yet ended, Ajax’s excellent form since the turn of the year should help them maintain their dream. European living.

In fact, the Dutch giants have won 10 by hitting all competitions and have followed the first leg triumph over Lille with a 4-2 victory over Sparta Rotterdam in the first division, with Haller announcing his return with two, while Perr Schuurs and Mohammed Kudus they were also on target.

Since the 1-0 loss to Atalanta in the Champions League on 9 December, Ajax have won six of their last seven goals at home – scoring at least two goals in all but one match – but are defensively suspect with 10 goals sent in his last six at Johan Cruijff ArenA.

The Eredivisie leaders managed to get the better of the Ligue 1 leaders in the first leg, but Ten Hag’s team has at least another 90 tiring minutes ahead if they want to move on in the tournament, and Lille also warmed up for this game. with a display of four goals over the weekend.

Lille coach Christophe Galtier in the Europa League on February 18, 2021

A minor setback in Lille’s attempt at the Ligue 1 title came on February 14, with a goalless draw against Brest, but Christophe Galtier he began to gather his troops for a trip to a fit Lorient, and Les Dogues did not need a second invitation to cross to victory at the Stade du Moustoir on Sunday.

Jerome Hergault had initially leveled for Les Merlus after Andreaw Gravillonown goal, but Lille later scored Jose Font, Jonathan Ikone and Domagoj Bradaric cement their position at the top of the Ligue 1 ranking – four points ahead of defending champions Paris Saint-Germain after their defeat by Monaco.

A resounding victory over one of the league’s best-fit teams is exactly what the doctor ordered for Lille while they packed for a scary trip to Amsterdam, where Galtier’s men would simply have to expose Ajax’s weaknesses in the back with a enthusiastic approach if you want to avoid a quick exit from the competition.

The Dogues’ supporters have had eight away wins in their side’s recovery, however, with clean goals to start in six of those matches, and neither team has managed to prevent a traveling Lille team from finding the bottom of the net on the road this season. .

Even with inspiration forward Burak Yilmaz still unable to get rid of a calf problem, Galtier must have a lot of confidence in people like Yusuf Yazici, Jonathan David and Timothy Weah to make the net ripple, but Ajax – with all its European pedigree – is in no position to give up the advantage in the first leg.

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All news from the teams

Ajax right-back Nicolas Tagliafico, photographed in October 2019

Haller and Onana will not participate in this Ajax game, but Ryan Gravenberch he is back from suspension and must repeat his regular role in the engine room.

It remains to be seen whether Noussair Mazraoui will be passed fit for the second leg, and on the opposite side of the defense, Nicolas Tagliafico also missed out against Sparta due to injury and is a big doubt for Thursday.

Daley Blind will continue as left-back if Tagliafico does not join the team, while David Neres and Davy Klaassen they were both nominated on the bench for Sunday’s victory, but they must return here.

Yilmaz remains the only one absent for Lille, who has Benjamin Andre and Xeka recovered from suspensions in the first leg.

However, with both players starting in the victory over Lille, Renato Sanches and Boubakary Soumare hope to win seats in the engine room.

Reinildo appears to have cemented his place as a left-back over Bradaric, while Yazici and Weah are likely to return to the fold – the latter potentially in place of Luiz Araujo.

Possible initial Ajax roster:
Stekelenburg; Rensch, Schuurs, Martinez, Blind; Alvarez, Gravenberch, Klaassen; Antony, Tadic, Neres

Possible initial line-up for Lille:
Maignan; Celik, Fonte, Botman, Reinildo; Weah, Andre, Sanches, Bamba; David, Yazici


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Probability: Ajax 2-2 Lille

Lille’s form away from home has been sensational since the turn of the year, but the Ajax record in all competitions is also a pleasant read for Ten Hag and company. The Eredivisie leaders dominated the first leg and deservedly got trumps, so despite the fact that Les Dogues proves to be a force to be reckoned with in the attack, we hope that an engaging second leg will end everything tied and Ajax will advance to the finals. 16.


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