Ajax head to Switzerland on Thursday for the second leg of their Europa League last 16 clash with Young Boys. Ajax leads 3-0 from the first-leg. Kick-off is at 20.00.

Ajax were excellent in the first-leg last week, not only scoring three times but also restricting their opponents to only one shot during the game. Ajax now have one foot in the Quarter-finals and will look to complete the job when they travel to Switzerland on Thursday.

Erik ten Hag’s side go into the game on the back of a comfortable 2-0 win over PEC Zwolle which extends their lead at the top of the Eredivisie to eight points.

Opponents, Young Boys, were held to a disappointing 2-2 draw by St Gallen, which means the Swiss champions have no victories in their last five games. However, the still comfortably sit top of the Swiss league.

Team News

Ajax are without the ill Jurrien Timber but they welcome Daley Blind back into their squad for the trip to Switzerland. Sebastien Haller, Noussair Mazraoui, and Andre Onana remain out.

Possible Ajax line-up: Stekelenburg; Rensch, Schuurs, Martinez, Tagliafico; Alvarez, Klaassen, Gravenberch; Neres, Tadic, Antony

Young Boys will need to decide on the fitness of goalkeeper David von Ballmoos ahead of the game, but Michel Aebischer is definitely out.

Possible Young Boys line-up: Faivre; Hefti, Lustenberger, Zesiger, Lefort; Fassnacht, Lauper, Rieder, Ngamaleu; Siebatcheu, Elia

Odds

Young Boys 2/1 Draw 31/10 Ajax 11/10

Can Ajax book a victory in Switzerland?

Ajax are in a very comfortable position going into the second-leg and need to maintain their dominance to ensure an easy ride into the quarter-finals.

Young Boys will set up to attack Ajax and they will be eager to find an early goal. It will be important for Ten Hag’s side to keep it tight at the back and to take any chances they can get on the counter attack. An away goal for Ajax would kill the tie so Ten Hag will be hoping for that.

Ajax’s win last week was excellent for the Dutch coefficient and barring a big defeat, the Amsterdammers should be in the draw for the last eight.




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