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UECL: Ajax vs Aston Villa: Predicted Lineup, injury news, head-to-head, telecast

Published at :March 5, 2024 at 6:36 PM
Modified at :March 5, 2024 at 6:36 PM
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Manav Chowdhury


Unai Emery’s men travel to the home of the Dutch giants

Emerging victorious from a close encounter with Bodo/Glimt (4-3 on aggregate), Ajax set their sights on conquering another giant in the UEFA Europa Conference League. Their next challenge is Aston Villa, a high-flying Premier League team currently sitting fourth in the table. The Amsterdammers, boosted by a recent 2-0 win over Utrecht, face a daunting task, but they are determined to rise to the occasion.

Aston Villa arrives brimming with confidence after a string of wins, showcasing their genuine title aspirations in this encounter. Nicknamed “The Villans,” they’ve been firing on all cylinders offensively, and Ajax‘s recently exposed defensive frailties could see them get exploited by the away team on Ajax’s own turf. With both teams desperate for victory, this clash promises to be a captivating display of footballing talent and unwavering resolve.

Kick-Off:

Thursday, 7th Mar 2024, 11:15 PM (IST), 05:45 PM (GMT), 12:45 PM (EST)

Stadium: Johan Cruijff Arena

Form

Ajax Form (All Competitions): W-L-W-D-D

Aston Villa Form (All Competitions): W-W-W-L-L

Players to Watch

Brian Brobbey (Ajax)

While Brobbey lacks reliance on height to overpower defenders, his combination of speed, raw power, intelligent movement, and clinical finishing creates a potent attacking threat. His movements during attacking phases showcase not only his tactical understanding but also his strong mental attributes, particularly awareness and anticipation.

Ollie Watkins (Aston Villa)

Ollie Watkins has transformed himself into a multifaceted offensive weapon. While his speed and runs behind the defence remain key assets, he’s added a creative spark to his repertoire. This newfound playmaking ability complements his natural pace. The freedom he enjoys to roam allows him to exploit space in transition, forcing the defence to retreat. This creates opportunities not just for himself, but for his teammates as well.

Match Facts

  • Aston Villa have scored at least one goal for 7 consecutive matches.
  • Aston Villa have a winning streak of 3 matches
  • Ajax Amsterdam wins 42% of halftimes, and Aston Villa wins 46%.

Injury and team news

There are significant uncertainties surrounding the availability of both Steven Bergwijn and Steven Berghuijs, while defender Josip Sutalo is ruled out due to suspension.

Emiliano Buendia, Tyrone Mings, Jhon Duran, Boubacar Kamara, and Diego Carlos are still recovering and will be unavailable for the match.

Head-to-Head

Matches: 1

Ajax: 0

Aston Villa: 1

Draws: 0

Predicted Lineup for Ajax vs Aston Villa

Ajax Predicted Lineup (5-4-1):

Ramaj(GK); Sosa, Hato, Kaplan, Rensch, Gooijer; Taylor, Mannsverk, Herderson, Hlynsson; Brobbey

Aston Villa Predicted Lineup (4-4-2):

Martinez(GK); Cash, Konsa, Lenglet, Moreno; Bailey, McGinn, Luiz, Ramsey; Tielemans, Watkins

Match Prediction for Ajax vs Aston Villa

The initial stage of the Round of 16 is set to unfold, and both teams are eager to gain an advantage in this pivotal match. Ajax, playing on their home turf, is particularly determined to please their fans and secure a positive result. Despite Aston Villa being the clear favourites, they are expected to encounter a formidable challenge from the Dutch side. The anticipation is high as both teams vie for supremacy in this crucial encounter. The Villans will win this match.

Prediction: Ajax 1-3 Aston Villa

Telecast for Ajax vs Aston Villa

India – Sony LIV, Sony Sports Network

UK – TNT Sports

US – CBS Sports

Nigeria – Supersport

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