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Roma vs Ajax Europa League preview: where to watch, team news, predictions

Where to watch, team news and expert predictions for the quarter-final second leg.

Ajax in training on Wednesday
Ajax in training on Wednesday ANP Sport via Getty Images

Roma lead Ajax 2-1 heading into the sides' UEFA Europa League quarter-final second leg on 15 April at 21:00 CET. This page will update with team news, quotes and expert analysis as kick-off approaches.

Roma vs Ajax build-up


What happened in the first leg?

Highlights: Ajax 1-2 Roma (2 mins)
Highlights: Ajax 1-2 Roma (2 mins)

Already ahead through Davy Klaassen's goal before half-time, Ajax had a golden chance to double their lead when Dušan Tadić lined up a spot kick. But goalkeeper Pau López stood tall and Roma capitalised. Lorenzo Pellegrini's free-kick squirmed in before Roger Ibañez (who had conceded the penalty) smashed in a late volley.

Where to watch the game on TV

Fans can find their local UEFA Europa League broadcast partner(s) here.

Form guide

Roma
Form: WWDLWL
Latest: Roma 1-0 Bologna, 11/04
Where they stand: 7th in Serie A

Ajax
Form: WLWWWW
Latest: Waalwijk 0-1 Ajax, 11/04
Where they stand: 1st in Eredivisie

Possible line-ups

Roma: Pau Lopez; Mancini, Cristante, Ibañez; Karsdorp, Villar, Veretout, Calafiori; Pellegrini, Pedro; Džeko

Highlights: Atalanta 2-2 Ajax
Highlights: Atalanta 2-2 Ajax

Ajax: Stekelenburg; Klaiber, Timber, Martínez, Tagliafico; Álvarez, Klaassen, Gravenberch; Antony, Tadić, Neres

Expert predictions

Vieri Capretta, Roma reporter: That first-leg away win was huge, and Roma are aiming for more of the same at the Olimpico. The Giallorossi know they cannot relax against Ajax. Being solid at the back will be key, while making the most of the space Ajax will inevitably concede. Roma are mature enough to see this through.

Derek Brookman, Ajax reporter: Ajax’s recent European away victories against Real Madrid, Juventus and Valencia are still fresh in the mind. However, without so many key players – including, possibly, Maarten Stekelenburg – the task of scoring more than they concede while hitting the net at least twice in Rome may be just too onerous.

View from the camps

Pedro on Roma win in Amsterdam
Pedro on Roma win in Amsterdam

Paulo Fonseca, Roma coach: "It might be the most important game of the season so far. We have to realise we are facing a really good side, and we have to put the first leg to one side. But I think the players know all that. We know the tie is far from over. We know we need to play a perfect game again in order to progress."

Erik ten Hag, Ajax coach: "We learned a lot from the first leg. The result might not be on our side, but we are optimistic, we fought hard and had a lot of scoring opportunities. If Roma sit back and defend, then we’ll have to adapt to that attitude and work with the spaces they leave us. There is absolutely no difference between playing home or away, we’ll face the game with that spirit."